Guarnier wins Philadelphia Cycling Classic

US road champion increases lead in Women's WorldTour

Women’s WorldTour leader Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) won the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic by a huge margin in a final sprint atop Manayunk Wall. Led out by teammate Karol-Ann Canuel, the US road champion won the sprint ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) in second and Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM) in third.

"Karol-Ann was amazing and led my up the climb. It's a surprise win because I didn't expect to win today. I went with a kick at the end, and ooh la la, no one followed me," said Guarnier, who extended her WorldTour lead. "I'll defend this jersey one day at a time."

On the last lap, Allie Dragoo (Twenty16-Ridebiker) made a solo attack to distance herself from the main field. It wasn’t until she gained a healthy 20-second lead that the peloton reacted and several riders tried to attack out of the field to bridge across.

Dragoo, who won a stage at the Energiewacht Tour in similar fashion, calmly took sips from her water bottle as she pushed on her pedals over Lemon Hill and along Kelly Drive.

Lauren Stephens (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank), who was in the earlier breakaway, tried to bridge to Dragoo with Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) and Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM) on her wheel.

When the field came back together, Jessica Parra (Colombia) took a flyer but was quickly joined by Amber Neben (Bepink), one of nine long-list riders for the US women’s team for the road events at the Olympic Games.

The two riders were not strong enough to hold off the entire peloton as they raced into downtown Manayunk, and they were caught by the field led by Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank. Canyon-SRAM took over the front of the peloton, followed by Canyon-SRAM and Boels-Dolmans.

Guarnier positioned herself in third wheel heading into the chicane, behind Canuel, before the base of the final climb. Canuel sprinted up the climb with Guarnier on her wheel, and set her free to sprint for the day’s victory with 150 metres to go.

How it unfolded

The stars of the Women’s WorldTour lined up at the top of Manayunk Wall prepared to take on six laps of a challenging 19.7km course for a total of 118km of racing.

An early breakaway set off with three riders that included Lauren Stephens (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank), Anna Trevisi (Ale Cipollini) and Mieke Kröger (Canyon-SRAM).

On the first trip over Manayunk Wall, Stephens took full points toward the QOM competition. Two-time Giro Rosa winner Mara Abbott (Wiggle High5) bridged across to the three leaders but Kröger struggled to stay with her companions and fell off pace. She never made it back up to the breakaway.

Abbott stormed off the front of the breakaway on the second climb over Manayunk to pick up the next set of QOM points. Although Stephens was initially gapped off on the steeper sections of the climb, she clawed herself back up to Abbott on the descent. Both riders are also on the US long list for the women’s road races at the Olympic Games in Rio in August.

The gap grew to 40 seconds on the third lap along Kelly Drive as Abbott flicked her elbow signalling to Stephens to take her fair share of pulling at the front. As Abbott and Stephens hit the base of the climb up Manayunk Wall, Breanne Nalder (Visit Dallas DNA) tried to bridge across to the pair.

On the climb for the third time, Abbott again floated and rode away from Stephens to pick up full QOM points, and Stephens once again dragged herself back up to the world-class climber.

The main field was only 30 seconds behind, as Canyon-SRAM set the pace. Nalder never made it up to the breakaway, switched for the next chaser Lindsay Bayer (Hagens Berman-Supermint). Bayer struggled just a few seconds off the back of the leaders as they approached Lemon Hill.

The field was back together at the base of the fourth time up Manayunk Wall, led by Abbott and Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare). Stephens, who settled into the field further back on the climb, got extra encouragement from a super fan wearing only American-flag-printed underwear. The man, who looked an awful lot like US racer Travis McCabe (Holowesko-Citadel), sprinted along side her for the final 150 metres of the climb.

The field bunched up after the descent as they approached Lemon Hill, in anticipation of the penultimate climb up Manayunk Wall, ahead of the last lap of the race.

Abbott continued to prove to be the strongest climber in the group as she again led the field up main climb through Manayunk to pick up full points in the QOM competition, securing the win in that category as well as the sprint category. Close behind, Stevens sat in fifth wheel, followed by Guarnier, Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) and what was left of the field.

Organisers rang the bell signifying the final lap, and much like the men’s race, the hunt for the day’s victory came down to the last lap.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans2:59:22 
2Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High50:00:03 
3Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing  
4Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans0:00:09 
5Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:00:11 
6Heather Fischer (USA) Rally Cycling  
7Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High50:00:13 
8Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing0:00:14 
9Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
10Alison Jackson (Can) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:00:16 
11Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team0:00:17 
12Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:19 
13Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:25 
14Katharine Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:26 
15Scotti Lechuga (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team0:00:27 
16Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana Women's Team0:00:29 
17Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:33 
18Jessica Corrin Prinner (USA) Rally Cycling0:00:34 
19Janelle Cole (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:00:37 
20Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle High50:00:38 
21Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini0:00:42 
22Jessenia Meneses (Col) Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:00:46 
23Diana Peñuela (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:48 
24Lex Albrecht (Can) Bepink0:00:53 
25Emma Grant (GBr) Colavita/Bianchi0:00:54 
26Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
27Sofia Arreola (Mex) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:00:55 
28Hannah Ross (USA) Rally Cycling0:00:56 
29Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:01:00 
30Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans0:01:01 
31Sophie De Boer (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:01:03 
32Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
33Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink0:01:05 
34Ana Cristina Sanabria (Col) Colombian National Team0:01:06 
35Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing0:01:09 
36Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:01:10 
37Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling  
38Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
39Amber Neben (USA) Bepink0:01:12 
40Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Mex) Astana Women's Team0:01:16 
41_pela Kern (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:01:18 
42Mandy Heintz (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
43Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:01:24 
44Luz Adriana Tovar (Col) Colombian National Team  
45Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team0:01:26 
46Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans  
47Jessica Cutler (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:01:28 
48Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Bepink  
49Lorena Vargas (Col) Colombian National Team0:01:29 
50Katherine Maine (Can) Rally Cycling0:01:30 
51Jessica Parra (Col) Colombian National Team  
52Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:01:32 
53Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:01:33 
54Leah Thomas (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:01:42 
55Elizabeth Hernandez (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
56Mia Manganello (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:01:45 
57Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Ale Cipollini0:01:50 
58Lindsay Bayer (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team0:01:58 
59Caterin Elisabeth Previley (Arg) Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:02:03 
60Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:02:08 
61Megan Alderete (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team0:02:10 
62Lenore Pipes (Gum) Bepink0:02:12 
63Lauren Hall (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
64Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:02:13 
65Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing0:02:22 
66Lauren Tamayo (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:02:37 
67Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing0:03:11 
68Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
69Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:04:07 
70Kathryn Donovan (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:05:16 
71Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High50:05:27 
72Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:05:30 
73Abigail Mickey (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:06:26 
74Breanne Nalder (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:06:53 
75Beth Ann Orton (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:07:28 
76Gretchen Stumhofer (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:08:24 
77Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling0:08:48 
78Manuela Escobar (Col) Colombian National Team0:10:30 
79Luciene Ferreira Da Silva (Bra) Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:10:52 
80Holly Breck (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:10:53 
81Maria Fadiga (Arg) Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:10:57 
82Jessica Uebelhart (Swi) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team0:10:58 
83Mieke Kröger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing0:11:26 
84Jelena Eric (Srb) BTC City Ljubljana0:11:28 
85Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
86Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
87Julie Kuliecza (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team0:14:12 
DNFRocio Parrado (Col) Weber Shimano Ladies Power  
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFErica Zaveta (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFSilva Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink  
DNFNatalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFAnna Knauer (Ger) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFAmanda Miller (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
DNFNina Marie Laughlin (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
DNFSofia Beggin (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
DNFArianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
DNFNatalia Franco (Col) Colombian National Team  
Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team2:59:55 
2Janelle Cole (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:00:04 
3Jessenia Meneses (Col) Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:00:13 
4Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink0:00:32 
5Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling0:00:37 
6Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Bepink0:00:55 
7Katherine Maine (Can) Rally Cycling0:00:57 
8Jessica Parra (Col) Colombian National Team  
9Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing0:02:38 
10Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling0:08:15 
11Manuela Escobar (Col) Colombian National Team0:09:57 
12Jelena Eric (Srb) BTC City Ljubljana0:10:55 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini5 pts
2Mieke Kröger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing3 
3Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High55 pts
2Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank3 
3Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High55 pts
2Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank3 
3Lindsay Bayer (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank5 pts
2Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High53 
3Lindsay Bayer (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mia Manganello (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling5 pts
2Diana Peñuela (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling3 
3Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank5 pts
2Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High53 
3Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana Women's Team1 
Final QOM Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High516 pts
2Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank12 
3Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank6 
4Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini6 
5Mia Manganello (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling5 
6Diana Peñuela (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling3 
7Mieke Kröger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing3 
8Lindsay Bayer (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team2 
9Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana Women's Team1 
Teams Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wiggle High58:59:00 
2Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:16 
3Canyon SRAM Racing0:00:32 
4UnitedHealthcare Professional Women's Cycling Team0:00:45 
5Rally Cycling0:00:47 
6Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:00:54 
7BTC City Ljubljana0:01:43 
8Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
9Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team0:01:48 
10Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:01:52 
12Astana Women's Team0:02:17 
13Ale Cipollini0:02:48 
15Colombian National Team0:03:05 
16Cylance Pro Cycling0:05:53 
17Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:09:02 
18Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:12:47 

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