Kirchmann makes it two in a row in Tour of California

Worrack wins overall in Sacramento thanks to time bonuses

The Velocio-SRAM squad pulverized the field on the third day of racing at the Amgen Tour of California Women’s race. Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM) won all three intermediate sprints gaining her the enough time to take the overall win. Leah Kirchmann (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) won the final stage, pushing her into second over Lauren Komanksi (Twenty 16-Sho-Air.)

“We needed to win all the intermediate sprints to win the Tour,” said Worrack about her three second deficit. “The team did such a good lead out for every intermediate sprint, there was no way someone could pass me. It was really easy in the end.”

The day's course was a two mile loop around California’s state capital in downtown Sacramento. The women’s race started immediately after the start of the men’s race. Time bonuses were available in three intermediate sprints and for the stage win.

Velocio-SRAM lined up with the intention of winning as many of the time bonuses as possible. At the start Worrack sat only three seconds behind race leader Lauren Komanski. The narrow deficit motivated the team to come out swinging.

“The plan was we were going to do a lead out for all the intermediates. Then after the second one, evaluate and see where we were at,” said Loren Rowney (Velocio-SRAM.) “We just had to control the race, we couldn’t allow a break to go up the road because we needed those bonus seconds.”

Velocio and Twenty 16-ShoAir controlled the early laps of the race. Amber Gaffney (Twenty 16-ShoAir) spent most of the race keeping an eye on the action for Komanski.

“Our shot was to try and get something off the front in the hope that we could take up sprint points to keep Lauren in that yellow jersey,” said Gaffney. “They [Velocio-SRAM] kept the pace really high and each time we would jump someone was on us and it would come back.”

Four laps into the race Velocio set up Worrack and easily delivered her to the line. Efforts to escape were quickly shut down by Velocio, and Worrack won the remaining two sprints. The time bonuses gave Worrack the virtual lead in the general classification. Komanski’s only hope to regain the lead would be to win the stage, and take the final time bonus.

Worrack’s lead was briefly jeopardized when her shoe broke mid-race. The situation required a complicated on the fly shoe swap.

“We had to hand it off to SRAM Neutral, and SRAM Neutral had to give it to her,” said Velocio owner Kristy Scrymgeour. “She had to come back, swap over the shoe, put it on, and then the team had to be there to get her back on. She’s a pretty good bike rider and bike handler. I guess it was lucky it was her.”

Velocio monitored the final laps of the race, ensuring nothing went up the road. Velocio shut down attacks from Colavita-Bianchi, Pepper Palace, and BMW-Happy Tooth Dental.

In the final 100m Leah Kirchmann shot around Erica Allar (Colavita-Bianchi) to win her second stage of the race. “I surprised myself with that sprint,” said Kirchmann. “I stayed on the leader’s wheel and passed her right at the line.”

It was a disappointing day for Komanski. Komanski lost the lead, and dropped back to third in the GC due to Kirchmann’s time bonus.

“The team did an incredible job, they worked so hard today. I wish I could have held onto the yellow jersey for them,” said Komanski. “I’m not really a sprinter per say, so that was one of the factors there. Velocio is an incredible team, and they are dialled in, and had a pretty incredible lead out. Trixi did her job, the whole team did, and she got those points and did a great job.”

Kristi Lay (Canadian National Team) held onto the climbers jersey. Lay, a track rider by trade, was not an obvious favourite to wear the polka dots. The Tour of California is part of Lay’s preparation for the Pan-American games in Canada later this summer. “It’s kind of a surprise for me, but my team believed in me, and put me in the best spot this weekend,” said Lay.

Kirchmann kept the sprinters jersey, Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) retained the best young rider jersey, and Twenty 16-ShoAir won the best team competition.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies1:16:04 
2Hannah Barnes (GBr) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
3Erica Allar (USA) Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking  
4Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM  
5Emily Collins (NZl) Team Tibco - SVB  
6Lauren Komanski (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
7Jessica Uebelhart (Swi) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental  
8Alexis Ryan (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
9Teresa Casas (Mex) Mexican National Team  
10Liza Rachetto (USA) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental  
11Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM  
12Tina Pic (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth  
13Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Ale Cipollini  
14Alison Jackson (Can) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
15Amber Gaffney (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
16Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini  
17Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
18Lex Albrecht (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
19Allison Beveridge (Can) Canadian National Team  
20Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team Tibco - SVB  
21Valeria Romina Pintos (Arg) Xirayas de San Luis  
22Kirsti Lay (Can) Canadian National Team  
23Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Bra) Ale Cipollini  
24Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - SVB  
25Joanne Hogan (Aus) Team Tibco - SVB  
26Annie Ewart (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
27Andrea Dvorak (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
28Lindsay Bayer (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth  
29Sara Headley (USA) Team Tibco - SVB  
30Rhae-Christie Shaw (Can) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental  
31Linda Villumsen (NZl) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
32Amy Charity (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
33Andreina Rivera (Col) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power Team  
34Rocio Parrado Guarnizo (Col) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power Team  
35Robin Farina (USA) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental  
36Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM  
37Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM  
38Christina Gokey-Smith (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth  
39Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
40Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
41Jessica Cerra (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
42Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco - SVB  
43Denise Ramsden (Can) Canadian National Team  
44Rushlee Mae Buchanan (NZl) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
45Laura Brown (Can) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
46Amanda Miller (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth  
47Jessenia Meneses (Col) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power Team  
48Stephanie Roorda (Can) Canadian National Team  
49Maria Carla Alvarez (Arg) Xirayas de San Luis  
50Alison Tetrick (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
51Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
52Kathryn Donovan (USA) Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking  
53Marcela Prieto (Mex) Mexican National Team  
54Francesca Cauz (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
55Sarah Storey (GBr) Pearl Izumi Sports Tours  
56Mary Zider (USA) Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking  
57Whitney Schultz (USA) Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking0:00:13 
58Shoshauna Routley (Can) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental0:00:16 
59Miranda Griffiths (Aus) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental0:00:18 
60Loren Rowney (Aus) Velocio - SRAM0:00:32 
61Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio - SRAM0:00:47 
DNFDalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNFDulce Pliego (Mex) Mexican National Team  
Sprint 1 - Lap 4 - km 12.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM5 pts
2Alison Jackson (Can) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air3 
3Allison Beveridge (Can) Canadian National Team1 
Sprint 2 - Lap 8 - km 25.7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM5 pts
2Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies3 
3Allison Beveridge (Can) Canadian National Team1 
Sprint 3 - Lap 12 - km 38.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM5 pts
2Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM3 
3Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies1 
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies15 pts
2Hannah Barnes (GBr) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team12 
3Erica Allar (USA) Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking10 
4Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM7 
5Emily Collins (NZl) Team Tibco - SVB6 
6Lauren Komanski (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air5 
7Jessica Uebelhart (Swi) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental4 
8Alexis Ryan (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team3 
9Teresa Casas (Mex) Mexican National Team2 
10Liza Rachetto (USA) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental1 
Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Hannah Barnes (GBr) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team1:16:04 
2Alexis Ryan (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
3Teresa Casas (Mex) Mexican National Team  
4Allison Beveridge (Can) Canadian National Team  
5Annie Ewart (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
6Andreina Rivera (Col) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power Team  
7Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
8Jessenia Meneses (Col) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power Team  
9Marcela Prieto (Mex) Mexican National Team  
10Francesca Cauz (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team3:48:12 
2Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
3Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
4BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental  
5Team Tibco - SVB  
6Velocio - SRAM  
7Ale Cipollini  
8Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth  
9Canadian National Team  
10Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking  
11ITAU Shimano Ladies Power Team  
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM6:24:16 
2Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:05 
3Lauren Komanski (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air0:00:06 
4Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:00:16 
5Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM0:00:26 
6Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Ale Cipollini0:00:35 
7Alison Jackson (Can) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air0:00:41 
8Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - SVB0:00:42 
9Lex Albrecht (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:54 
10Andrea Dvorak (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air0:01:03 
11Amy Charity (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:37 
12Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco - SVB  
13Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:01:41 
14Rocio Parrado Guarnizo (Col) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power Team0:01:44 
15Hannah Barnes (GBr) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:01:46 
16Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini0:01:48 
17Joanne Hogan (Aus) Team Tibco - SVB0:01:58 
18Kathryn Donovan (USA) Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking  
19Jessica Cerra (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air0:02:01 
20Kirsti Lay (Can) Canadian National Team0:02:03 
21Linda Villumsen (NZl) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:02:04 
22Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air  
23Sarah Storey (GBr) Pearl Izumi Sports Tours0:02:06 
24Mary Zider (USA) Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking0:02:07 
25Robin Farina (USA) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental0:02:08 
26Annie Ewart (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:19 
27Amanda Miller (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth  
28Christina Gokey-Smith (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth0:02:23 
29Andreina Rivera (Col) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power Team0:02:27 
30Amber Gaffney (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air0:02:29 
31Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio - SRAM  
32Denise Ramsden (Can) Canadian National Team  
33Marcela Prieto (Mex) Mexican National Team0:02:31 
34Erica Allar (USA) Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking0:02:41 
35Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team Tibco - SVB  
36Tina Pic (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth0:02:43 
37Sara Headley (USA) Team Tibco - SVB0:02:45 
38Miranda Griffiths (Aus) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental0:02:51 
39Laura Brown (Can) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:02:52 
40Alexis Ryan (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:02:54 
41Teresa Casas (Mex) Mexican National Team0:02:57 
42Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Bra) Ale Cipollini  
43Rushlee Mae Buchanan (NZl) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:02:58 
44Jessenia Meneses (Col) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power Team0:02:59 
45Rhae-Christie Shaw (Can) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental0:03:11 
46Whitney Schultz (USA) Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking0:03:19 
47Lindsay Bayer (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth0:03:23 
48Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:03:30 
49Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio - SRAM0:03:34 
50Alison Tetrick (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:03:42 
51Allison Beveridge (Can) Canadian National Team0:03:50 
52Jessica Uebelhart (Swi) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental0:04:10 
53Liza Rachetto (USA) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental0:04:23 
54Shoshauna Routley (Can) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental0:05:04 
55Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM0:05:10 
56Loren Rowney (Aus) Velocio - SRAM0:05:44 
57Francesca Cauz (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:11:31 
58Valeria Romina Pintos (Arg) Xirayas de San Luis0:12:02 
59Emily Collins (NZl) Team Tibco - SVB0:12:47 
60Maria Carla Alvarez (Arg) Xirayas de San Luis0:13:02 
61Stephanie Roorda (Can) Canadian National Team0:13:15 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies34 pts
2Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM33 
3Lauren Komanski (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air17 
4Hannah Barnes (GBr) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team12 
5Allison Beveridge (Can) Canadian National Team10 
6Erica Allar (USA) Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking10 
7Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team7 
8Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - SVB6 
9Emily Collins (NZl) Team Tibco - SVB6 
10Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air5 
11Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Ale Cipollini5 
12Alison Jackson (Can) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air5 
13Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM4 
14Alexis Ryan (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team4 
15Jessica Uebelhart (Swi) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental4 
16Lex Albrecht (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies3 
17Sarah Storey (GBr) Pearl Izumi Sports Tours3 
18Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Velocio - SRAM3 
19Teresa Casas (Mex) Mexican National Team2 
20Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco - SVB1 
21Liza Rachetto (USA) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsti Lay (Can) Canadian National Team32 pts
2Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini28 
3Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Velocio - SRAM26 
4Sarah Storey (GBr) Pearl Izumi Sports Tours19 
5Andrea Dvorak (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air16 
6Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team14 
7Lex Albrecht (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies14 
8Allison Beveridge (Can) Canadian National Team9 
9Alison Jackson (Can) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air8 
10Lauren Komanski (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air7 
11Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air7 
12Trixi Worrack (Ger) Velocio - SRAM6 
13Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies6 
14Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini6 
15Miranda Griffiths (Aus) BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental6 
16Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Ale Cipollini5 
17Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Velocio - SRAM4 
18Joanne Hogan (Aus) Team Tibco - SVB2 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Hannah Barnes (GBr) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team6:26:02 
2Annie Ewart (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:33 
3Andreina Rivera (Col) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power Team0:00:41 
4Marcela Prieto (Mex) Mexican National Team0:00:45 
5Alexis Ryan (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:01:08 
6Teresa Casas (Mex) Mexican National Team0:01:11 
7Jessenia Meneses (Col) ITAU Shimano Ladies Power Team0:01:13 
8Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:44 
9Allison Beveridge (Can) Canadian National Team0:02:04 
10Francesca Cauz (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:09:45 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air19:14:24 
2Velocio - SRAM0:00:46 
3Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:23 
4Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:02:19 
5Ale Cipollini0:02:28 
6Team Tibco - SVB0:02:41 
7Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking0:05:14 
8ITAU Shimano Ladies Power Team0:05:34 
9Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth0:05:49 
10BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental0:05:55 
11Canadian National Team0:06:25 

 

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