Rivera strikes first for UnitedHealthcare

Allar and Schneider complete the podium

Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) pulled on the stars and stripes jersey as the winner of the 2014 Smart Choice USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships on Saturday evening after some impressive team work from UnitedHealthcare.

The womens' race stayed together for the duration of the 90-minute event, with the racing heating up in the finals laps with several attacks and a four-rider crash. With one lap to go, the UHC blue train managed to take its familiar position at the front of the pack to set Rivera up for the win.

"Once I saw that Alison (Powers) had gone down, it was a quick reset because you know it was just the four of us," Rivera said of her UnitedHealthcare team's teamwork during the last laps. “That’s the beauty of a real team. Despite the adversity of the end of the race, we were able to pick up the pieces and put them together. It just goes to show that we are a team that comes out on top.”

Rivera was followed in second by National Criterium Calendar leader Erica Allar (Colavita-Fine Cooking) and in third by Samantha Schneider (Team TIBCO). It was her first title.

"I think I proved over the season and last weekend that I had really good legs, especially for a criterium. I think they (UHC) had full confidence in me and I had full confidence in them that we would win this race today," she told USA Cycling after the win.

"This is definitely number one. It's my first professional national championship. I've had a few with juniors and collegiate and one U23 title. This one is definitely special."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare  
2Erica Allar (USA) Colavita Racing Inc.  
3Samantha Schneider (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top  
4Sarah Fader (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling  
5Lauren Tamayo (USA) UnitedHealthcare  
6Amy Cutler (USA) FCS Cycling  
7Morgan Brown (USA) Team Novo Nordisk  
8Jennifer Purcell (USA) Colavita Racing Inc.  
9Colleen Hayduk (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling-Vie 13  
10Mary Elizabeth Maroon (USA) TWENTY16 Pro Cycling  
11Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare  
12Tiffany Pezzulo (USA)  
13Starla Teddergreen (USA) Cloud Racing p/b Ride2Recovery  
14Christy Keely (USA) Asheville Bicycle Racing Club  
15Debbie Milne (USA) Finish Strong  
16Christina Gokey-Smith (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling  
17Anna Sanders (USA) FCS Cycling  
18Lindsay Bayer (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling-Vie 13  
19Jessica Prinner (USA) Colavita Racing Inc.  
20Jeannie Kuhajek (USA)  
21Whitney Schultz (USA) Colavita Racing Inc.  
22Amber Neben (USA) FCS Cycling  
23Erica Zaveta (USA) FCS Cycling  
24Amy Phillips (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling  
25Sara Tussey (USA) Mellow Mushroom Racing  
26E Scotti Wilborne (USA) UnitedHealthcare  
27Tina Pic (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling-Vie 13  
28Alison Powers (USA) UnitedHealthcare  
29Cari Higgins (USA) UnitedHealthcare  
30Mary Zider (USA) Colavita Racing Inc.  
31Mia Loquai (USA) FCS Cycling  
32Julie Kuliecza (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling  
33Anna Christiansen (USA)  
34Christina Birch (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling-Vie 13  
35Erin Wittwer (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling-Vie 13  
36Holly Mathews (USA)  
37Kathryne Carr (USA)  
38Mollie Brewer (USA) PSIMET Racing  
39Rachel Byus (USA) FCS Cycling  
40Caroline Moakley (USA) Carolina Masters  
41Shannon Parrish (USA) Cloud Racing p/b Ride2Recovery  
42Suzanna Dupee (USA) Happy Tooth Women's Racing  

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