Valente wins Colorado Classic opener

Skylar Schneider runner-up in two-stage women's race

Track specialist Jennifer Valente (Sho-Air Twenty20) was the fastest finisher Thursday in the finale of the opening stage at the Colorado Classic Women's Race in Colorado Springs, winning bunch kick ahead of Skylar Schneider (Iscorp Powered By Progress) and Emma White (Rally Cycling) and seizing the first leader's jersey of the race.

The Olympic silver medalist in the team pursuit, fresh off a trio of national championship victories in the points race, scratch race and international omnium in Los Angeles, burst out of the sprinting peloton, heading up the left-hand side near the barriers to win by a clean set of wheels.

"The track definitely gives you speed," Valente said. "I've added a bit more road to my season this year, so that has lengthened my speed, to be able to do a road race and still have that track power. I think racing track nationals last week, that translated really well coming back home."

The "bit more road" included victories in the Andersen Banducci criterium in Boise, Idaho, and a fifth place overall in the Cascade Cycling Classic, showing that Valente is as versatile a rider as her fellow team pursuiter Ruth Winder, who made a complete transition to the road and leads the Pro Road Tour.

At just 61km in length, the Colorado Springs circuit favoured the sprinters, as the high altitude and quick pace made it so no attack was able to stick. The most action was at the back, where riders were constantly being shelled due to the high speeds. No team was able to get control leading into the final kilometer.

"That last circuit, it was pretty fast and people were attacking a bit," Valente said. "We came around the last corner and trains were leading out for the sprint and I was kind of hopping between people. It worked out."

U23 national champion White also found her way through the chaos, sprinting on the right mid-road but coming up just shy in third.

"The finish, the last kilometer was pretty crazy, there were teams coming from all sides of the road," White said. "I lost my train for a little bit so I had to make a plan B and fend for myself. I ended up with third."

The altitude came into play on the stage by suppressing the attacks, but tomorrow's stage in Breckenridge, which starts at over 9,600 ft (2,900m) in altitude and ascends even higher over the five laps, will certainly be a different type of stage.

"I think tomorrow is going to be a challenge for everyone - the people who've been at altitude, but certainly those who haven't. Starting at 9,000ft is going to be a game changer for everyone," Valente said.

"I have only been here two days, but I do live here. I've been gone traveling and racing for a month, between Boise and Cascade and nationals. I think that even without being acclimated, I know what the altitude feels like, and that's an advantage.”

Valente added the sprint jersey along with the leader's jersey to her wardrobe, while her teammate Winder claimed the lead in the Best Colorado Rider competition. Rally's Sara Poidevan claimed the QOM jersey, with ISCorp's Schneider leading the Best Young Rider competition. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jennifer Valente (USA) Sho-Air Twenty201:33:00 
2Skylar Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress  
3Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling  
4Heather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
5Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Fearless Femme  
6Lauren Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
7Samantha Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress  
8Kendelle Hodges (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi  
9Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling  
10Jessica Mundy (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
11Lily Williams (USA) Fearless Femme  
12Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
13Katie Antonneau (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
14Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling  
15Sofia Arreola (Mex) Sho-Air Twenty20  
16Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Team Illuminate  
17Beth Ann Orton (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
18Heidi Franz (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
19Flavia Oliveira (USA) Fearless Femme  
20Janelle Cole (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
21Caroline Mani (Fra) Palmares  
22Jennifer Tetrick (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
23Megan Jastrab (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
24Nicolle Bruderer (Gau) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
25Emma Grant (GBr) Colavita/Bianchi  
26Scotti Lechuga (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
27Ariadna Gutierrez (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
28Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
29Alexandra Millard (USA) Team Illuminate  
30Tayler Wiles (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
31Katie Compton (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress  
32Julie Emmerman (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
33Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
34Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
35Jen Luebke (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
36Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
37Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
38Emily Newsom (USA) Fearless Femme  
39Abigail Mickey (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
40Lucy Bechtel (USA) Fearless Femme  
41Stefanie Sydlik (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
42Kelly Catlin (USA) Rally Cycling  
43Kat Salthouse (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
44Kathryn Buss (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
45Kristina Vrouwenvelder (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
46Veronica Leal (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
47Josie Talbot (Aus) Iscorp Powered by Progress  
48Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
49Lynne Anderson (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
50Steph Roorda (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20  
51Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally Cycling0:00:10 
52Rushlee Buchanan (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:14 
53Rachel Langdon (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress  
54Rachel Plessing (USA) ALP Cycles Racing0:05:12 
55Jillian Bearden (USA) Palmares  
56Mandy Heintz (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:05:14 
57Astrid Gassner (Aut) Colavita/Bianchi  
58Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
59Kathryn Donovan (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:07:14 
60Erica Clevenger (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
61Grace Anderson (NZl) Team Illuminate  
62Erika Varela (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
63Shayna Powless (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:07:26 
64Charlotte Backus (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
65Amy Benner (USA) Rally Cycling  
66Tracey Jacobs (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
67Cory Popovich (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
68Gwen Inglis (USA) Palmares  
69Jenna Stauffer (USA) Palmares  
70Julyn Aguila (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
71Ana Hernandez (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
72Hannah Shell (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress0:09:00 
73Emily Jordan (USA) Palmares0:09:15 
OTLMichelle Henry (USA) Palmares0:14:38 
OTLGeorgia Catterick (NZl) Team Illuminate0:16:41 
OTLKristie Arend (USA) ALP Cycles Racing0:18:10 
DNFDani Morshead (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
DNFJoelle Numainville (Can) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFFlora Yan (USA) Fearless Femme  
DNFAntonieta Gaxiola (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Erika Varela (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized5 pts
2Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank3 
3Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling2 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Beth Ann Orton (USA) Amy D. Foundation5 pts
2Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling3 
3Heather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank1 
Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jennifer Valente (USA) Sho-Air Twenty2015 pts
2Skylar Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress12 
3Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling10 
4Heather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank7 
5Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Fearless Femme6 
6Lauren Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling5 
7Samantha Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress4 
8Kendelle Hodges (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi3 
9Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling2 
10Jessica Mundy (USA) Colavita/Bianchi1 
QOM 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling4 pts
2Tayler Wiles (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling3 
3Flavia Oliveira (USA) Fearless Femme2 
4Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air Twenty201 
QOM 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling4 pts
2Tayler Wiles (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling3 
3Flavia Oliveira (USA) Fearless Femme2 
4Sofia Arreola (Mex) Sho-Air Twenty201 
Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Skylar Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress1:33:00 
2Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling  
3Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling  
4Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Team Illuminate  
5Heidi Franz (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
6Janelle Cole (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
7Megan Jastrab (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
8Kelly Catlin (USA) Rally Cycling  
9Josie Talbot (Aus) Iscorp Powered by Progress  
10Astrid Gassner (Aut) Colavita/Bianchi0:05:14 
11Charlotte Backus (USA) Amy D. Foundation0:07:26 
12Flora Yan (USA) Fearless Femme  
13Julyn Aguila (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
14Antonieta Gaxiola (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
Colorado riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lauren Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling1:33:00 
2Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
3Katie Antonneau (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
4Flavia Oliveira (USA) Fearless Femme  
5Caroline Mani (Fra) Palmares  
6Alexandra Millard (USA) Team Illuminate  
7Katie Compton (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress  
8Julie Emmerman (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
9Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
10Abigail Mickey (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
11Kristina Vrouwenvelder (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
12Rachel Plessing (USA) ALP Cycles Racing0:05:12 
13Jillian Bearden (USA) Palmares  
14Charlotte Backus (USA) Amy D. Foundation0:07:26 
15Tracey Jacobs (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
16Cory Popovich (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
17Gwen Inglis (USA) Palmares  
18Jenna Stauffer (USA) Palmares  
19Emily Jordan (USA) Palmares0:09:15 
Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
 Beth Ann Orton (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rally4:39:00 
2Fearless Femme  
3UnitedHealthcare  
4Iscorp Powered By Progress  
5Colavita/Bianchi  
6Sho-Air Twenty20  
7Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
8Amy D. Foundation  
9Visit Dallas DNA  
10Alps Cycles Women's Racing0:05:12 
11Team Illuminate0:07:14 
12Conade - Visit Mexico - Specialized  
13Palmares0:12:38 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jennifer Valente (USA) Sho-Air Twenty201:32:50 
2Skylar Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress0:00:04 
3Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling0:00:06 
4Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:07 
5Beth Ann Orton (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
6Heather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:09 
7Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Fearless Femme0:00:10 
8Lauren Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
9Samantha Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress  
10Kendelle Hodges (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi  
11Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling  
12Jessica Mundy (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
13Lily Williams (USA) Fearless Femme  
14Katie Antonneau (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
15Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling  
16Sofia Arreola (Mex) Sho-Air Twenty20  
17Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Team Illuminate  
18Heidi Franz (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
19Flavia Oliveira (USA) Fearless Femme  
20Janelle Cole (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
21Caroline Mani (Fra) Palmares  
22Jennifer Tetrick (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
23Megan Jastrab (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
24Nicolle Bruderer (Gau) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
25Emma Grant (GBr) Colavita/Bianchi  
26Scotti Lechuga (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
27Ariadna Gutierrez (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
28Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint  
29Alexandra Millard (USA) Team Illuminate  
30Tayler Wiles (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
31Katie Compton (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress  
32Julie Emmerman (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
33Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
34Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
35Jen Luebke (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
36Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
37Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
38Emily Newsom (USA) Fearless Femme  
39Abigail Mickey (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
40Lucy Bechtel (USA) Fearless Femme  
41Stefanie Sydlik (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
42Kelly Catlin (USA) Rally Cycling  
43Kat Salthouse (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
44Kathryn Buss (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
45Kristina Vrouwenvelder (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
46Veronica Leal (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
47Josie Talbot (Aus) Iscorp Powered by Progress  
48Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
49Lynne Anderson (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
50Steph Roorda (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20  
51Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally Cycling0:00:20 
52Rushlee Buchanan (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:24 
53Rachel Langdon (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress  
54Rachel Plessing (USA) ALP Cycles Racing0:05:22 
55Jillian Bearden (USA) Palmares  
56Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
57Mandy Heintz (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:05:24 
58Astrid Gassner (Aut) Colavita/Bianchi  
59Erika Varela (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized0:07:21 
60Kathryn Donovan (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:07:24 
61Erica Clevenger (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
62Grace Anderson (NZl) Team Illuminate  
63Shayna Powless (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:07:36 
64Charlotte Backus (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
65Amy Benner (USA) Rally Cycling  
66Tracey Jacobs (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
67Cory Popovich (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
68Gwen Inglis (USA) Palmares  
69Jenna Stauffer (USA) Palmares  
70Flora Yan (USA) Fearless Femme  
71Julyn Aguila (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
72Ana Hernandez (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
73Antonieta Gaxiola (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
74Hannah Shell (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress0:09:10 
75Emily Jordan (USA) Palmares0:09:25 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jennifer Valente (USA) Sho-Air Twenty2015 pts
2Skylar Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress12 
3Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling10 
4Heather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank8 
5Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Fearless Femme6 
6Beth Ann Orton (USA) Amy D. Foundation5 
7Erika Varela (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized5 
8Lauren Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling5 
9Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling4 
10Samantha Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress4 
11Kendelle Hodges (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi3 
12Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank3 
13Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling2 
14Jessica Mundy (USA) Colavita/Bianchi1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling8 pts
2Tayler Wiles (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling6 
3Flavia Oliveira (USA) Fearless Femme4 
4Sofia Arreola (Mex) Sho-Air Twenty201 
5Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air Twenty201 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Skylar Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress1:32:54 
2Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling0:00:02 
3Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling0:00:06 
4Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Team Illuminate  
5Heidi Franz (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
6Janelle Cole (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
7Megan Jastrab (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
8Kelly Catlin (USA) Rally Cycling  
9Josie Talbot (Aus) Iscorp Powered by Progress  
10Astrid Gassner (Aut) Colavita/Bianchi0:05:20 
11Charlotte Backus (USA) Amy D. Foundation0:07:32 
12Flora Yan (USA) Fearless Femme  
13Julyn Aguila (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
14Antonieta Gaxiola (Mex) Conade Visit México Specialized  
Colorado rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling1:32:57 
2Lauren Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:03 
3Katie Antonneau (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
4Flavia Oliveira (USA) Fearless Femme  
5Caroline Mani (Fra) Palmares  
6Alexandra Millard (USA) Team Illuminate  
7Katie Compton (USA) Iscorp Powered by Progress  
8Julie Emmerman (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
9Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
10Abigail Mickey (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
11Kristina Vrouwenvelder (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
12Rachel Plessing (USA) ALP Cycles Racing0:05:15 
13Jillian Bearden (USA) Palmares  
14Charlotte Backus (USA) Amy D. Foundation0:07:29 
15Tracey Jacobs (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
16Cory Popovich (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
17Gwen Inglis (USA) Palmares  
18Jenna Stauffer (USA) Palmares  
19Emily Jordan (USA) Palmares0:09:18 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rally4:39:00 
2Fearless Femme  
3UnitedHealthcare  
4Iscorp Powered By Progress  
5Colavita/Bianchi  
6Sho-Air Twenty20  
7Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
8Amy D. Foundation  
9Visit Dallas DNA  
10Alps Cycles Women's Racing0:05:12 
11Team Illuminate0:07:14 
12Conade - Visit Mexico - Specialized  
13Palmares0:12:38 

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