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Tour of California: Women's Races 2014

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May 11-12, 2014

May 11, Circuit Race: Sacramento - Sacramento

Small claims women's Tour of California circuit race

Kirsten Frattini
May 11, 2014, 20:56 BST,
May 13, 2014, 3:54 BST

Specialized-lululemon rider over takes Rivera at the line

Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon) took the bunch sprint victory at the Women’s Invitational Circuit Race on Sunday. She caught and passed Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare), who initiated the sprint, at the line. Brianna Walle (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) placed third.

"The first half of the race was animated," Small said. "I definitely felt the wind through the start-finish and it was a long sprint, so I had to keep that in mind coming into the last lap. UHC and Colavita did a good job of bringing things back. We were pretty aggressive and that was our game plan going into the race. I was supposed to save it for the second half and get ready for the sprint."

The elite women’s peloton lined up for the new women’s race that is held in conjunction with the men’s eight-day Tour of California. The women competed for 60 minutes on a roughly two-kilometer circuit in downtown Sacramento.

The race was aggressive from the start with Specialized-lululemon forcing many of the early-race attacks with former La Flèche Wallonne winner Evelyn Stevens and Redlands Bicycle Classic winner Tayler Wiles.

UnitedHealthcare came to the race with a young but proven sprinter, Rivera, and had no interest in joining any of the early moves. Rather the team kept the speed high at the front of the field in an attempt to hold the field together for a field sprint. The team’s Tour of San Luis winner Alison Powers stayed protected tucked in behind her teammates with Rivera on her wheel for much of the race.

The Canadian team’s Stephanie Roorda made a strong attempt to gain some time on the field, which was followed by counter attack from Robin Farina (Spy Giant Ride p/b MRI). Their efforts were short-lived and the field was back together with in seconds of each attack.

A small but strong breakaway formed mid-race that included Wiles, however, they were reabsorbed into the field with in half a lap. Roorda, a member of the decorated Canadian women’s team pursuit squad, took advantage of a lull in the field and made another move that gained about 10 seconds.

It took a combination of efforts between Specialized-lululemon and UnitedHealthcare to reduce the gap to Roorda, but she was eventually brought track into the field. Colavita-Fine Cooking and Spy Giant Ride p/b MRI made some counter attacks but everything was back together when the bell ran for eight laps to go.

Stevens made a strong move with seven laps to go and opened a sizable lead that was followed by her teammate Anna Grace Christiansen. Teams Colavita-Fine Cooking, UnitedHealthcare and the Canadian national team began to organize their lead outs with six laps to go, making it even more difficult for any attacks to stick.

Late-race moves came from Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, a team that had been relatively quiet during the early part of the race. The Canadian national team, Tibco-To The Top and Vanderkitten Racing also sent riders on final attacks during the closing laps.

With one lap to go, Wiles and Small led the field through the start-finish line, and UnitedHealthcare set up their train directly behind followed by Tibco-To the Top and Colavita-Fine Cooking.

Powers started the lead out and sprint on the final stretch while her teammate Rivera waited to jump with 200m to go. She was caught and passed by Small, who took the victory at the line. "The lap was pretty long and there were a lot of people fighting for my teammate’s wheel," Rivera said. "I was trying to surf wheels and set myself in the right position without using too much energy. Coming out of the last corner, I was too far back and had to make up some ground."

The top three riders in the circuit race were given an automatic entry to tomorrow’s women’s time trial in Folsom.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon 0:58:54  
2 Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare    
3 Brianna Walle (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
4 Erica Allar (USA) Colavita/Fine Cooking    
5 Jo Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco / To The Top    
6 Alison Powers (USA) UnitedHealthcare    
7 Christina Gokey (USA) Spy Giant Ride p/b MRI    
8 Amy Cutler (USA) FCS/Zngine p/b Mr. Restore    
9 Tina Pic (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K4    
10 Gillian Carleton (USA) Vanderkitten    
11 Morgan Patton Brown (USA) BMW Development Team    
12 Colleen Gulick (USA) BMW Development Team    
13 Mary Maroon (USA) Twenty16    
14 Sofia Arreola (Mex) Twenty16    
15 Heather Fischer (GBr) DNA Cycling p/b K4    
16 Annie Ewart (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
17 Judith Wexler (USA) Folsom Bike/Cervelo    
18 Kate Chilcott (NZl) Vanderkitten    
19 Kendall Ryan (USA) Tibco / To The Top    
20 Olivia Dillon (USA) Colavita/Fine Cooking    
21 Sarah Lough (USA) BMW Development Team    
22 Anika Todd (Can) Tibco / To The Top    
23 Mia Loquai (USA) FCS/Zngine p/b Mr. Restore    
24 Sha Zhao Xi (Chn) China Chongming-Giant-Champion System    
25 Anna Sanders (USA) FCS/Zngine p/b Mr. Restore    
26 Stephanie Roorda (Can) Canada 0:00:07  
27 Anne Perry (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K4    
28 Caitlin LaRoche (USA) Monster Media Racing    
29 Amber Brown (USA) IRT-Reactor P/B JL Velo    
30 BrittLee Bowman (USA) Stan's Notubes P/B Endurancewerx    
31 Amber Vredenburg (USA) Jet Cycling    
32 Jie Jiang Xiu (Chn) China Chongming-Giant-Champion System    
33 Jasmin Glasser (Can) Tibco / To The Top    
34 Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Canada    
35 Sara Headley (USA) Tibco / To The Top 0:00:12  
36 Laura Brown (Can) Colavita/Fine Cooking    
37 Beth Newell (USA) BMW Development Team    
38 Amber Gaffney (USA) Twenty16    
39 Kemi Garvin (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K4 0:00:16  
40 Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) UnitedHealthcare    
41 Heather Ross (USA) Threshold Sports    
42 Erica Zaveta (USA) FCS/Zngine p/b Mr. Restore    
43 Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare    
44 Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon 0:00:18  
45 Robin Farina (USA) Spy Giant Ride p/b MRI 0:00:43  
46 Korina Huizar (NZl) Vanderkitten    
47 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon    
48 Lindsay Bayer (Irl) Colavita/Fine Cooking    
49 Kimberly Fong (USA) Threshold Sports 0:01:26  
50 Anna Grace Christiansen (USA) Specialized-lululemon 0:01:32  
51 Heather Lipana (USA) Folsom Bike/Cervelo 0:01:43  
52 Emily Thurston (USA) Threshold Sports    
53 Mary-Ellen Ash (USA) Metromint    
54 Erica Grief (USA) IRT-Reactor P/B JL Velo 0:01:46  
55 Allison Beveridge (Can) Canada 0:01:47  
56 Diane Moug (Can) Folsom Bike/Cervelo 0:01:48  
57 Catherine Desserault (Can) Canada 0:02:01  
58 Jessica Cerra (USA) Spy Giant Ride p/b MRI 0:02:38  
59 Fiona Strouts (Can) Vanderkitten 0:02:50  
60 Jessica Cutler (USA) FCS/Zngine p/b Mr. Restore    
61 Eileen Mazzochette (USA) Metromint 0:03:30  
62 Alison Tetrick (USA) Twenty16 0:03:49  
63 Liza Rachetto (USA) Vanderkitten 0:04:31  
64 Jennifer Whalen (USA) Spy Giant Ride p/b MRI 0:04:53  
65 Martina Patella (USA) IRT-Reactor P/B JL Velo 0:04:55