Allar wins Spartanburg Criterium

Van Gilder, Pic on the podium

Rally Cycling’s Erica Allar celebrated her first big criterium win of 2016 in Spartanburg Friday, crossing the line ahead of seasoned veterans Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) and Tina Pic (The Happy Tooth) in hotly contested bunch sprint. Jamie Gilgen (Visit Dallas/DNA Racing) and Christina Gokey-Smith (The Happy Tooth) finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

USA CRITS Series leader Coryn Rivera (UHC) and second in the standings, Sam Schneider (ISCorp), weren’t present at Spartanburg, leaving it wide open for Erica Allar (Rally) to scoop up valuable TUFMED USA CRITS points. Pic’s result kept her in the Speed Week overall leader’s jersey. Jessica Mundy (Fearless Femme) will wear the Bikereg.com best young rider jersey during the next race in Athens, G.A. and Sarah Tussey (Visit Dallas DNA) is in the Cyclingnews lap leader jersey.

“It was a little bit of déjà vu because at Belmont I was in the same situation, in a break of three and I finished third, so I was in the mode to redeem myself. But when we got caught, I had to switch from breakaway mode to field sprint mode,” Allar said. “Spartanburg is one of the most exciting races. The crowd and energy of this place is amazing and I can’t wait to come back.”

After a crash three laps into the 50-lap race that caused a neutralization for around 10 minutes, the 50-women field raced aggressively when the flag signaled the restart.

Gokey-Smith launched a series of attacks, as did several other riders, but nothing really stuck until 25 laps to go, when Gilgen, Allar and 20-year-old Janet Cole found themselves in move that got about 10 seconds on the peloton. Because of the danger presented by the talent in the break, Fearless Femme, who were focused on protecting Jessica Mundy’s second place overall at Speed Week, moved to the front to chase the trio down. However, it took the field 10 laps to successfully reabsorb the break with just seven laps left in the race.

From there, the field geared up to contest a bunch sprint. Allar initiated the bunch gallop from 500 meters out. Her speed was no match for Van Gilder and Pic who finished a bike length behind.

Full recap video:

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Erica Allar (Rally Cycling)0:59:40 
2Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers p/b Van Dessel)  
3Tina Pic (The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling)  
4Jamie Gilgen (Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling)  
5Christina Gokey-Smith (The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling)  
6Jennifer Caicedo (Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team)  
7Stephanie Nave (Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team)  
8Jessica Mundy (Fearless Femme Racing)  
9Laura Jorgensen (The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling)  
10Debbie Milne (Stradalli Cycles/Papa John's)  
11Janelle Cole  
12Vanessa Botero (Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team)  
13marie-Soleil Blais (Fearless Fem)  
14Ashley Barson (Rise Racing)  
15Alexandra Burton (The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling)  
16BrittLee Bowman (CRCA/ Velo Classic p/b Stan's NoTubes)  
17Venessa Drigo (Stradalli Cycles/Papa John's)  
18Hannah Arensman (2016 RIDEBIKER)  
19Tiffany Pezzulo (Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling)  
20Kristen Arnold (CRCA/ Velo Classic p/b Stan's NoTubes)  
21Megan Heath (Frazier Cycling)  
22Julia Fresne (Stradalli - Safetti)  
23Christina Birch (LA Sweat)  
24Cinthia Lehner (OrthoCarolina Winston)  
25Arden Stelly (OrthoCarolina Winston)  
26Lauren LeClaire (CRCA/ Velo Classic p/b Stan's NoTubes)  
27Lucy Betchtel (Fearless Fem)  
28Christa Ghent (LA Sweat)  
29Rachel McKinnon (Low Country Racing)  
30Jennifer Sharp (LA Sweat)  
31Allison Arensman (2016 RIDEBIKER)  
32Katherine Aristizabal (Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team)  
33Jana Luttrell (The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling)  
34Emily Shields (OrthoCarolina)  
35Sara Tussey (Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling)  
36Madison Kelly (Stradalli Cycles/Papa John's)  
37Zoe Mullins (OrthoCarolina)  
38Tess Oliver (QCW Cycling p/b JLVelo)  
39Elspeth Huyett (QCW Breakaway Bikes p.b. Felt Bicycles- JL Vell)  
40Katherine Shields (OrthoCarolina)  
41Isabella Brookshire  
42Holly Beard (Advanced Cycles PB Topview Sports)  
43Victoria Kanizer (OrthoCarolina)  
44Jennifer Wakeman (RTO National)  
45Kathryn Clark  
46Sarah Guilbert (Uptown Cycles)  
47Kelli Samuelson (LA Sweat)  
48Michelle Hedrich  
49Merrill Thiermann (American Dornier)  
50Maria Carrelli (UHC p/b 706 project)  
51Natalie Tapias (CRCA/ Velo Classic p/b Stan's NoTubes)  
52Kimberly Vaughan  
DNFAnna Grace Christiansen (Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling)  
DNFKate Kirkpatrick (Haymarket/Starlight Custom)  
DSQLilly Ahrens (EvoDevo)  

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