UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Announces 2015 Women’s Roster

 

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After an incredible debut season on the women’s domestic and international racing scenes, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has their sights on the 2015 season with new goals and a talented roster ready to achieve them. The 2014 racing season was an enormous success for the team, yielding overall classification wins at the Tour de Femenino de San Luis, Vuelta El Salvador, and Tour of the Gila, followed by victories at the Amgen Tour of California and Tour of Utah. US National Championships were a primary goal for the women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in 2014, and the team executed by taking all three of the titles throughout the year (road and time trial, Alison Powers; criterium, Coryn Rivera).
From the 2014 squad, sprinters Rushlee Buchanan, Hannah Barnes, Cari Higgins, and Coryn Rivera will continue to build on the chemistry and precision that saw the team winning with textbook lead out trains in criteriums and road races last year. All-rounders Ruth Winder, Scotti Wilborne, and Alexis Ryan are back for 2015, lending horsepower in each race situation, along with climber Katie Hall who made her mark on the pro peloton when she launched a massive attack in the US national championship road race. Lauren Tamayo will resume her role as team captain on the road, rounding out the roster of returning UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team riders for 2015.
2015 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Women’s Roster:

Rushlee Buchanan (NZL)

Lauren Tamayo (USA)

Coryn Rivera (USA)

Hannah Barnes (GBR)

Alexis Ryan (USA)

Katie Hall (USA)

Carrie Higgins (USA)

Scotti Wilborne (USA)

Ruth Winder (USA)

Linda Villumsen (NZL)

Laura Brown (CAN)

Abby Mickey (USA)
Joining the team for 2015 will be Linda Villumsen, Abby Mickey, and Laura Brown. Villumsen won both the Danish national road and time trial titles three years in a row before becoming a citizen of New Zealand. A consistent podium threat for both road and time trial disciplines, having earned silver and bronze in both on multiple occasions, Villumsen will continue to pursue victory at the highest level – in upcoming world championships and the 2016 Olympics games. Linda commented, “I am really proud to be joining the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team for 2015. Having finally made it to the top step of the podium at the Commonwealth Games, I believe the time is right to search for a new challenge so as to maintain this new momentum through to the Olympics in 2016!” American Abby Mickey turned heads when she rode to 3rd overall in the 2014 Tour of the Gila. Mickey is an exceptional climber, with wins at the Lookout Mountain Hill Climb and Iron Horse Classic Road Race on her resumé. “The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team is one of the best in business and this was an opportunity I could not pass up. I’m super excited for 2015,” said Mickey. Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Laura Brown adds significant time trial ability to the team, having won the Tour of the Gila time trial in 2014. Brown added, “I am both thrilled and honored to be joining the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team for 2015. After witnessing their dedication and professionalism towards women’s cycling in their inaugural year, there is no other team I would want to race for. The team had tremendous success in 2014 and I look forward to bringing my horsepower from the track team pursuit into the team time trial and Blue Train for 2015.”

Alison Powers Announces Retirement

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After an outstanding year racing with the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team around the world and representing the United States at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships, Alison Powers will retire from professional cycling and transition into the next chapter of her life. Looking back over her career, Powers commented, “It has been a pretty amazing career! I have won or been part of a team that has won almost every single race in the United States. All of my cycling goals have been accomplished and I feel very satisfied leaving the sport. I’m proud to have won the Tour of the Gila criterium in 2006, my first year doing NRC races, and then to have won it again this year, my last year racing.”

Alison Powers came to the team with a long list of accomplishments; a Pan American time trial championship title, the US National criterium championship title, and general classification wins at the Joe Martin Stage Race, Cascade Classic Stage Race, and Redlands Classic. In her incredible final season, Powers won the overall classification at the Tour de Femenino de San Luis, took victory in the Amgen Tour of California time trial, and claimed US national titles in both the road and time trial disciplines among many other impressive victories while wearing the blue and white of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. Alison said, “Being a part of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has been wonderful. This year felt like I was getting my ‘master’s degree’ in bike racing. I am so proud and happy to have been part of the team– and also sad to leave the program, my teammates, and the staff. They are all really wonderful people who took great care of me and taught me to become a better and more complete bike racer.”

In retirement, Powers plans to spend more time at home with family and friends in Colorado, while remaining active on her bike and Nordic skis. She will put more emphasis on her coaching business, ALP Cycles Coaching, allowing her share her racing skills and training expertise with other athletes. Powers concluded, “The past 10 years of my life as a bike racer have been really wonderful. I feel so lucky to have had this kind of hard work, team camaraderie, and success in my life. I really love riding my bike, and to know I have accomplished so much feels really wonderful and happy. I can leave the sport with a smile on my face and two current national championship jerseys.” General manager Mike Tamayo added, “Alison was instrumental in creating this program and yielding the one of the most successful seasons for a women’s team ever, especially a debut season. Not only is Alison is an extremely valuable rider in terms of her own results, the knowledge she brought as a coach, mentor, and racer was invaluable to the rest of the team. Alison will always be a part of the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train family, and will continue to stay involved with the team as a high-performance advisor and mentor to riders.” The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team wishes Powers the best in her retirement and thanks her for her contributions to the program as a rider and a leader.

AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA NAMES HOST CITIES FOR 2015 RACE

 

The Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, announced it will make its grand return to Sacramento, the capital of California, to kick off the 10th anniversary of America’s largest cycling race. The eight day stage race will travel a north-to-south route and span nearly 700 miles through many of California’s most breathtaking roads and sceneries. The Amgen Tour of California is also proud to announce a first of its kind, three-day professional women’s cycling race on May 8-10, 2015, as well as an invitational Time Trial on May 15, 2015.
Women’s Race Expands to Unprecedented Four Days
as Part of 10th Anniversary Edition
Men’s Race to Feature Nearly 700 Miles of California Scenery as
World’s Top Cyclists Compete in America’s Premier Pro Cycling Race
May 10-17, 2015
SACRAMENTO (Oct. 20, 2014) – The Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, announced it will make its grand return to Sacramento, the capital of California, to kick off the 10th anniversary of America’s largest cycling race. The eight day stage race will travel a north-to-south route and span nearly 700 miles through many of California’s most breathtaking roads and sceneries. The Amgen Tour of California is also proud to announce a first of its kind, three-day professional women’s cycling race on May 8-10, 2015, as well as an invitational Time Trial on May 15, 2015.

Regarded as the largest and most prestigious cycling event in America, 52 California cities have hosted the race throughout the past nine editions. For the 10th anniversary, the start of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will take place in Sacramento, the state’s capital, and travel through 12 additional host cities during the eight day event including Nevada City, Lodi (first-time host city), San Jose (ten-time host city), Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) and Pasadena.

“Since we launched the Amgen Tour of California nine years ago, we have strived to host the world’s top cyclists in a race that will not only challenge them as professionals, but will also provide a stunning backdrop,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “As we look ahead to our 10th edition of the race, we’re certain the worldwide audience will be on the edge of their seats watching as the sport’s best men and women cyclists compete against each other in what is likely to be our most challenging and picturesque course ever.”

Stage 1 of the race commences on May 10, 2015 in the state’s capital of Sacramento, which marks the seventh time the city has hosted the race and the third time as the overall start. After eight days of racing, cyclists will conclude the race in the city referred to fondly as the “City of Roses,” Pasadena.

Stage 2 of the race will find the peloton traveling through historic Nevada City to first-time host city Lodi, known as the “Zinfandel Capital of the World.” Stage 3 will see the cyclists start and finish in the only city to have participated in all 10 editions of the race, San Jose.

As the peloton continues its journey south, Stage 4 will take the race from one ocean side community to another when the peloton traverses from Pismo Beach to Avila Beach. This year marks the second time each city has served as a host city.

Stage 5 of the race will commence in the “American Riviera” known as Santa Barbara, where cyclists will have the chance to take in picturesque views of the California coast and Pacific Ocean. From Santa Barbara, cyclists will land in Santa Clarita, with both cities sharing the distinction of serving as host cities six times since the race began.

Third-time host city Big Bear Lake will host this year’s Individual Time Trial (Stage 6), where cyclists will compete against the clock while taking in stunning mountain and lake views. During Stage 7, Ontario, referred to as the “Gateway to Southern California,” will host cyclists for the second time as they make their way to a mountain top finish at Mt. Baldy, a third-time host city.

As the race draws to a conclusion, the peloton will travel from L.A. LIVE in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena. This marks the third time Los Angeles has served as a host city after hosting the overall finish of the race in 2012, also at L.A. LIVE. Pasadena has hosted the race four times, including the overall finish in 2008.

For ten consecutive years, biotechnology company Amgen has served as the title sponsor of the race and will continue to activate Breakaway from Cancer® leading up to and during the race. Founded in 2005 by Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer aims to increase awareness of important resource available to people affected by cancer, from prevention to survivorship.

The Amgen Tour of California draws global recognition as one of the most anticipated cycling events of the year attracting Olympic medalists, World Champions and top Tour de France competitors.

2015 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA TO HOST UNPRECEDENTED FOUR DAYS OF PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CYCLING

To highlight the extraordinary achievements in women’s cycling, the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will continue to expand its support of women’s cycling and host a first of its kind three-day women’s cycling stage race. The women’s race will travel through South Lake Tahoe on May 8-9, 2015 and conclude in Sacramento on May 10, 2015, the same day of the overall start of the men’s race.

As with previous years, the world’s top-ranked time trialists will be invited to race against the clock during an invitational Time Trial preceding the men’s Individual Time Trial at Stage 6 in Big Bear Lake. Powered by SRAM, one of the founding sponsors of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Time Trial, the women’s cycling event serves as a chance for female cyclists to display the powerful and exciting racing they are known for around the world.

“We are beyond thrilled to see the Amgen Tour of California continue to expand its entire women’s racing platform. This will continue to expose the world to the passion and force women have on the bike,” said, SRAM President Stan Day.

“AEG has always been proud to support women’s cycling and is pleased to once again expand its women’s competition to four days,” said Bachochin. “Hosting four days of women’s cycling, fans will have the opportunity to watch the immense talents and achievements of the best women cyclists from around the world.”

The Host City partners for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California include:

Women’s Race:

Stage 1: Friday, May 8 – South Lake Tahoe
Stage 2: Saturday, May 9 – South Lake Tahoe
Stage 3: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
Invitational Time Trial: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake
Men’s Race:

Stage 1: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
Stage 2: Monday, May 11 – Nevada City to Lodi
Stage 3: Tuesday, May 12 – San Jose
Stage 4: Wednesday, May 13 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach
Stage 5: Thursday, May 14 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
Stage 6: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake (Individual Time Trial)
Stage 7: Saturday, May 16 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy
Stage 8: Sunday, May 17 – L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) to Pasadena
For further information on the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, visit www.AmgenTourofCalifornia.com.

 

Mara Abbott And Anna Christian Sign For Wiggle Honda In 2015

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Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is delighted to announce that Mara Abbott and Anna Christian have both signed a contract to join the team in 2015. Both riders were selected to ride for their countries in last month’s World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, and will add to the strength of the black and orange team, as well as maintaining its commitment to develop young talent.

28-year-old Mara Abbott, from Boulder, Colorado, is a two-time US National Champion, and the winner of the Giro d’Italia – the toughest and most prestigious stage race in women’s cycling – in 2010 and 2013. Other notable results include four overall victories of the Tour of the Gila, in the US, with 2014 seeing her take that fourth Gila and the Vuelta a El Salvador.
“I am so excited to ride a full season in Europe next year, and Wiggle Honda is offering me the perfect set up to do that,” Abbott said. “I am absolutely thrilled by the line-up of teammates, and the chance to work with a rider as strong and proven as Elisa Longo Borghini is going to be really amazing.

“I have been so impressed by the organisation and attention to personal desires and strengths of riders already,” Abbott added. “I know this is going to be a team I will be very proud to represent and I can’t wait for the season to begin!”

Mara’s World Championship road race unfortunately ended with the big crash that hit the peloton midway through the second of seven laps. Thankfully, however, despite leaving the course by ambulance, she suffered no serious injuries and will be ready to start 2015 in the black and orange jersey.
“I was really excited when Mara expressed that she wanted to join Wiggle Honda,” said the team’s Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore. “A pure climber is something Wiggle Honda has missed until now and the addition of Mara, in combination with Elisa Longo Borghini means that we can now target winning races like the Giro d’Italia Femminile. Wiggle Honda has some very important Italian partners like: Colnago, Campagnolo, Fizik, Deda & Vittoria so winning a race like the Giro would be a lovely way to thank our committed partners.

“Mara has won the Giro d’Italia twice and has a degree in economics – along with her friendly smile she will bring a world of knowledge to the team,” Gilmore added. “Wiggle Honda are proud to bring her Grand Tour legs into the team!”

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Anna Christian is one of the most exciting young British talents, having been selected to ride for her native Isle of Man in the Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, Scotland, this year. The 19-year-old rode the time trial and road race, and finished in the top-20 in both.
“I’m really proud and excited to have the opportunity to ride for such a high profile team as Wiggle Honda. It will be great to work alongside Rochelle as well, who has experienced and achieved so much at the top end of the sport and in the women’s peloton. I know the team’s set up and environment is going to help me achieve my ambitions and dreams. I’m already excited to get stuck into racing for the team in 2015!”

Performances like those in Glasgow 2014 earned Anna a place in Great Britain’s World Championship team in Ponferrada, in her very first year in the Elite category. Anna’s attacks and accelerations in the last 30km of the race, in support of team captain Lizzie Armitstead, marked the beginning of what was to become an aggressive finale.
“Anna caught my eye when I was commentating the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July,” Gilmore said. “She kept coming into vision, even on the toughest parts of the circuit which meant she was always well positioned and extremely strong.

“Next, I was commentating the World Championships and witnessed Anna Christian being the rider that really got the race started, again on the toughest parts of the World Championship circuit…” Gilmore added. “I just had to have her, she’ll be a huge success and I’m honoured be a part of her journey in the early stages of her career.”

With the inclusion of Mara and Anna, alongside Dani King and Elisa Longo Borghini, Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling

Elite Women’s Road Race Highlights – 2014 Road World Championships, Ponferrada, Spain

 

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1. Pauline FERRAND PREVOT, (FRA), in 3:29:21
2. Lisa BRENNAUER, (GER), at :00
3. Emma JOHANSSON, (SWE), at :00
4. Giorgia BRONZINI, (ITA), at :00
5. Tiffany CROMWELL, (AUS), at :00
6. Shelley OLDS, (USA), at :00
7. Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD, (GBR), at :00
8. Linda Melanie VILLUMSEN, (NZL), at :00
9. Hanna SOLOVEY, (UKR), at :00
10. Marianne VOS, (NED), at :00
11. Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA, (POL), at :00
12. Evelyn STEVENS, (USA), at :03
13. Rossella RATTO, (ITA), at :03
14. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, (ITA), at :03
15. Claudia HÄUSLER, (GER), at :06
16. Audrey CORDON, (FRA), at :41
17. Chantal BLAAK, (NED), at :41
18. Paulina BRZEZNA, (POL), at :41
19. Malgorzta JASINSKA, (POL), at :41
20. Ashleigh MOOLMAN-PASIO, (RSA), at :41
21. Elena KUCHINSKAYA, (RUS), at :41
22. Eri YONAMINE, (JPN), at :41
23. Doris SCHWEIZER, (SUI), at :41
24. Rachel NEYLAN, (AUS), at :41
25. Flavia OLIVEIRA, (BRA), at :41
26. Anna SANCHIS CHAFER, (ESP), at :41
27. Sofie DE VUYST, (BEL), at :47
28. Tetiana RIABCHENKO, (UKR), at :47
29. Eleonora VAN DIJK, (NED), at :47
30. Ane SANTESTEBAN GONZALEZ, (ESP), at :47
31. Christine MAJERUS, (LUX), at :47
32. Trixi WORRACK, (GER), at :47
33. Lucinda BRAND, (NED), at :47
34. Kelly DRUYTS, (BEL), at 1:10
35. Serika GULUMA ORTIZ, (COL), at 1:10
36. Jessenia MENESES, (COL), at 1:24
37. Tatiana GUDERZO, (ITA), at 2:41
38. Annie LAST, (GBR), at 3:06
39. Julie LETH, (DEN), at 3:06
40. Maaike POLSPOEL, (BEL), at 3:06
41. Lauren HALL, (USA), at 5:30
42. Emilie MOBERG, (NOR), at 5:46
43. Elise DELZENNE, (FRA), at 5:46
44. Amélie RIVAT, (FRA), at 5:46
45. Polona BATAGELJ, (SLO), at 5:46
46. Špela KERN, (SLO), at 5:46
47. Megan GUARNIER, (USA), at 5:46
48. Katrin GARFOOT, (AUS), at 5:46
49. Sara MUSTONEN, (SWE), at 5:51
50. Alexandra BURCHENKOVA, (RUS), at 5:51
51. Anastasiya CHULKOVA, (RUS), at 5:51
52. Mayuko HAGIWARA, (JPN), at 5:51
53. Charlotte BECKER, (GER), at 5:51
54. Sari SAARELAINEN, (FIN), at 8:38
55. Elena CECCHINI, (ITA), at 8:45
56. Sabrina STULTIENS, (NED), at 11:06
57. Carlee TAYLOR, (AUS), at 11:44
58. Verónica LEAL BALDERAS, (MEX), at 11:44
59. Paz BASH, (ISR), at 12:28
DNF Uenia FERNANDES DA SOUZA, (BRA)
DNF An-Li PRETORIUS, (RSA)
DNF Anna CHRISTIAN, (GBR)
DNF Stephanie POHL, (GER)
DNF Hannah BARNES, (GBR)
DNF Susanna ZORZI, (ITA)
DNF Alison POWERS, (USA)
DNF Amy PIETERS, (NED)
DNF Iris SLAPPENDEL, (NED)
DNF Sara OLSSON, (SWE)
DNF Valentina SCANDOLARA, (ITA)
DNF Daiva TUSLAITE, (LTU)
DNF Lija LAIZANE, (LAT)
DNF Katazina SOSNA, (LTU)
DNF Jacqueline HAHN, (AUT)
DNF Ewelina SZYBIAK, (POL)
DNF Desiree EHRLER, (SUI)
DNF Tatiana ANTOSHINA, (RUS)
DNF Emilia FAHLIN, (SWE)
DNF Tayler WILES, (USA)
DNF Lotta LEPISTÖ, (FIN)
DNF Joanne KIESANOWSKI, (NZL)
DNF Eline Gleditsch BRUSTAD, (NOR)
DNF Aude BIANNIC, (FRA)
DNF Romy KASPER, (GER)
DNF Loren ROWNEY, (AUS)
DNF Kseniya TUHAI, (BLR)
DNF Emilie AUBRY, (SUI)
DNF Lex ALBRECHT, (CAN)
DNF Nicole HANSELMANN, (SUI)
DNF Martina RITTER, (AUT)
DNF Linda INDERGAND, (SUI)
DNF Linnea SJÖblom, (SWE)
DNF Reta TROTMAN, (NZL)
DNF Dana ROŽLAPA, (LAT)
DNF Kathryn BERTINE, (SKN)
DNF Liisa EHRBERG, (EST)
DNF Daniela REIS, (POR)
DNF Mia RADOTIC, (CRO)
DNF Barvara FASOH, (GRE)
DNF Alice BARNES, (GBR)
DNF Lucy GARNER, (GBR)
DNF Corinna LECHNER, (GER)
DNF Eugénie DUVAL, (FRA)
DNF Lavinia Nicoleta ROLEA, (ROU)
DNF Alena AMIALIUSIK, (BLR)
DNF Eugenia BUJAK, (POL)
DNF Roxane KNETEMANN, (NED)
DNF Heidi DALTON, (RSA)
DNF Antonela FERENCIC, (CRO)
DNF Milda JANKAUSKAITE, (LTU)
DNF Ana Teresa CASAS BONILLA, (MEX)
DNF Veronika KORMOS, (HUN)
DNF Liisi RIST, (EST)
DNF Diána SZUROMINÉ PULSFORT, (HUN)
DNF Shani BLOCH, (ISR)
DNF Ursa PINTAR, (SLO)
DNF Alexandra NESSMAR, (SWE)
DNF Annelies VAN DOORSLAER, (BEL)
DNF Miriam BJØRNSRUD, (NOR)
DNF Jessie DAAMS, (BEL)
DNF Oxana KOZONCHUK, (RUS)
DNF Anna PLICHTA, (POL)
DNF Joelle NUMAINVILLE, (CAN)
DNF Lizzie WILLIAMS, (AUS)
DNF Ann-Sofie DUYCK, (BEL)
DNF Leah KIRCHMANN, (CAN)
DNF Thalita DE JONG, (NED)
DNF Mara ABBOTT, (USA)
DNF Karol-Ann CANUEL, (CAN)
DNF Anastasiia IAKOVENKO, (RUS)
DNF Martina SABLIKOVA, (CZE)
DNF Sheyla GUTIERREZ RUIZ, (ESP)
DNF Emily COLLINS, (NZL)
DNF Clemilda FERNANDES SILVA, (BRA)

Tayler Wiles To Replace Carmen Small At Worlds

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Ponferrada, Spain (September 24, 2014) — USA Cycling announced Wednesday that Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Specizlized-lululemon) has withdrawn from the 2014 UCI Road World Championships due to illness. Small won a gold medal on Sunday in the team time trial with her Specialized-lululemon teammates, but was unable to defend her bronze medal in Tuesday’s individual time trial.

Tayler Wiles (Fairfax, Calif./Specialized-lululemon) will assume Small’s spot in Saturday’s road race. She is coming off a second place finish earlier this month in the Tour Cycliste Feminin International de l’Ardeche. Wiles will team with Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./UnitedHealthcare), Megan Guarnier (Mountain View, Calif./Boels Dolmans Cycling Team), Lauren Hall (Dolores, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Shelley Olds (Gilroy, Calif./Ale-Cipollini), Alison Powers (Pinecliffe, Colo./UnitedHealthcare) and Evelyn Stevens (Dennis, Mass./Specialized-lululemon) in the road race.

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Heads to UCI World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain

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UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Heads to UCI World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain
Concluding a highly successful debut season, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team women’s squad will contest the UCI World Championship Team Time Trial this week, after a world-class training camp in the team’s home base of Asheville, North Carolina. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team takes training and preparation seriously in every aspect of their racing, and accordingly, took every step possible to ensure the women were prepared to deliver their absolute best performance on the World stage in Ponferrada, Spain. The team time trial discipline is especially demanding, as the team must perform at the highest level in complete harmony.
When planning for the important event, general manager Mike Tamayo studied the elevation, topography, temperature, and humidity that the riders would encounter in Ponferrada to identify an ideal location for the team’s race preparation. Ultimately, the team’s hometown of Asheville, North Carolina fit the profile with its expansive network of roads and a climate that closely resembles that of the race venue in Spain. As well as being a suitable match in terms of topography and conditions, the supportive surrounding community offered a welcoming environment in which to conduct the grueling and focused training sessions. The team performed numerous tests and practice races; utilizing all of their cutting edge time trial equipment and staff support procedures to closely simulate race day demands and situations. The result is a finely tuned team, ready to represent the blue and white of UnitedHealthcare.
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Roster, UCI Elite Women World Championship Team Time Trial

Alison Powers (USA)

Cari Higgins (USA)

Ruth Winder (USA)

Sharon Laws (GBR)

Rushlee Buchanan (NZL)

Lauren Tamayo (USA)
General manager Mike Tamayo commented, “When you are getting ready for a race like the World Championships, you already have enough pressure. Asheville is not only a great location for training, but also a relaxing environment and positive community. These are the things we look for to help with the strain of intense training. From a performance standpoint, the testing we did was amazing and we feel confident that our ladies are ready to represent us well at the World Championships.” Team captain and Asheville local Lauren Tamayo concluded, “It was great to be home and be able to show my teammates our amazing training and awesome downtown.”
The women will race the 36.15-kilometer team time trial course in Ponferrada, Spain on Sunday, September 21st. Alison Powers, the current US national road and time trial champion, will also contest the world championship individual time trial on Tuesday, September 23rd, before joining her teammate, Mara Abbott to race the women’s elite road race on September 27th on behalf of the USA Cycling Team. Hannah Barnes will also participate in the road race as a representative for Great Britain. Kiel Reijnen was selected to represent the United States in the final event of the 2014 UCI Road World Championships- the elite men’s road race on September 28th.

Miller, Nys Win Crossvegas

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Meredith Miller takes the win at Crossvegas

I’m as surprised as you are,” Miller said after the race. “I didn’t take a lot of pulls at the front, a lot of the credit goes to those girls.” Credit, yes, but victory? No.

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Sven Nys (Crelan-Aa Drinks) Repeats as Cross Vegas Champion.

With one lap to go Sven Nys (Crelan-Aa Drinks) hit the gas and gapped the remaining riders of his group by 200 meters and his horse power was more than any one could handle.

Murphy And Rivera Win US Men’s And Women’s Pro Criterium Championship

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John Murphy Wins US Men’s Pro Criterium Championship

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Rider, Teammates Lap Field from Early Breakaway
In the High Point Classic, host to the men’s US National Criterium Championship event in High Point, North Carolina, the racers threw out the script almost from the first pedal strokes of the day. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team was able to adjust their strategy on the fly, and they came out victorious, with John Murphy claiming the stars and stripes jersey and national championship that it symbolizes. This marks the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team’s fourth national championship of the 2014 season.

What everyone did expect as the race began was to see early attacks, which did, in fact, materialize. What no one expected was for an attack to go away within the first few laps, and for those riders to eventually go on to lap the field. Expected or not, the move was well covered by the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team, which placed three riders into the group of thirteen. Murphy and his teammates, Brad White and Adrian Hegyvary, were active in the move, and could be seen discussing adjustments in tactics as it became clear that the break would go on to lap the field.

Team Director, Mike Tamayo said of the unexpected developments, “We knew this would be a hard race to control, so we planned to cover the moves and refine our plans as the race developed. We figured if it came down to a bunch sprint, we have Luke Keough and Ken Hanson, and if a break stayed away we were content with our chances as long as we had White, Hegyvary, Jeff Louder or Murphy in it. As it went, we had three guys in the bunch that lapped the field, and we were more than happy to play those cards.”

Back in the peloton, the remaining UnitedHealthcare riders adjusted their own plans, settling in and waiting for the leaders to come around. The efforts of the Blue Train would still be required, but the lead out would now be for Murphy rather than Keough.

The breakaway lapped the field with what was expected to be over 45 minutes of racing left to go, and the UnitedHealthcare squad knew they would have to chase a few more attacks before elevating the speed for a sprint finish. There was briefly a bit of confusion as race officials shortened the event, however, owing to the threat of thunderstorms, which loomed in the distance. Officials reset the race to fifteen laps to go, and the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train organized on the front not long after that.

Despite persistent challenges from the Athlete Octane team of Daniel Holloway, the rider who initiated the race’s early break and animated much of the event, the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train did what it does best: increased the pace over the closing laps, keeping its riders safe and well positioned for the finale, in which they went 1-2 over the line, with Murphy taking the win, and White close behind, both with arms raised, celebrating what they had just accomplished for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team.

“It was a great weekend of racing, winning the stars and stripes jersey with both the men and the women. We’re very pleased. The race tonight was dynamic and exciting from the start. It wasn’t your perfect script, but the guys adapted really well and gave us the win,” Tamayo concluded.

For Murphy, this is his second time winning the US National Criterium Championship, but this one feels more special to him than his first title. Of the win, he said,”It’s a good feeling to put your arms up as the winner. This is my first win of the year, and to have it come at national championships is really special. It feels great to have won this title for the UnitedHealthcare team.”

 

Coryn Rivera Wins US National Criterium Title

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UnitedHealthcare Women Complete Season Sweep of 2014 US National Championships
With a dominant win at the High Point Cycling Classic, Coryn Rivera and the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team’s women’s squad have won the US National Criterium Championship, and made it a complete season sweep of the women’s 2014 US National Championships, building on the Road Race and Time Trial titles won by Alison Powers in May.

“It feels pretty amazing to have won all three titles in the first year of having a womens’ component to the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team,” said director Rachel Heal, “We knew we’d hired strong riders, but to be able to create the team chemistry and teamwork to bring those results is very satisfying.”

When Powers won both the time trial and road race earlier this year, she became the first rider to ever hold all three women’s national championship titles simultaneously, having won the criterium championship in 2013. The team’s goal heading into the 2014 criterium national championships was obvious: to keep the jersey in the UnitedHealthcare family.

Rather than sit on the front of the field and chase breaks all day, the team took a more aggressive approach to the event. This served to catch much of the rest of the field off-guard, as the UnitedHealthcare squad not only marked attacks, but made breaks of their own, and comfortably followed anyone who dared to chase or bridge to a break containing a UnitedHealthcare rider.

The first half of the race saw Alison Powers boldly attack on her own, stringing out (and tiring out) the chasing field. Counter-attacks and additional moves came quickly through the first hour of racing, with Ruth Winder, Scotti Wilborne, Cari Higgins and Lauren Tamayo all spending significant time off the front, forcing other teams to adjust and chase. The field dwindled in size as riders were dropped before the pace decreased with just over ten laps to go, as the heat and the effort took their toll on the peloton, and everyone looked to regroup for the final charge to the line.

Activity from the field picked up again with eight laps to go, following a cash prize the lap prior. A few riders tried their hand at an escape, but at that point, the race was all but certain to come down to a sprint as it was controlled first by the Colavita team, and then by the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train. With barely more than two laps to go, a crash saw both Powers and Higgins hit the deck, along with several competitors. All of the riders were ok save for a few scratches and some disappointment. The remaining UnitedHealthcare racers quickly regrouped, with Winder setting pace on the front ahead of Wilborn and Tamayo, while Rivera sat comfortably in their draft.

The UnitedHealthcare Blue Train delivered Rivera out of the final corner and into the closing meters of the race. From there, Rivera did what she does best, finishing the task at hand, winning the sprint, and taking the win, keeping the national championship jersey within the UnitedHealthcare team.

“From the outset, we were going all-in for Coryn in a sprint finish. We’ve been working really hard on perfecting our leadout, and we were confident of it going into the race. Unfortunately, we lost our last two leadout riders with two laps to go, but the remaining racers were able to adjust and still deliver Coryn to the line,” said Heal.

For Rivera, it marked her fifty-ninth career national championship. After the race, she put it in this context, “It’s pretty incredible. It’s my first pro national title. Sometimes I get a little grief for having so many junior and collegiate titles. This one tops them all, and I’m so happy to have won it with the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.”