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May 26, Women's Road Race: Chattanooga 104.1km

Powers claims second US title in thrilling road race finale

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Cycling News
Published:
May 26, 2014, 17:11 BST,
Updated:
May 27, 2014, 0:02 BST

UnitedHealthcare rider currently holds all USA road titles

Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare) wins the USA road race title

Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare) wins the USA road race title

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Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare) sealed her second national championship title of the USA Cycling Professional National Championships, adding a road race victory to her emphatic time trial win in a thrilling finale in Chattanooga.

Powers made a late-race attack on the final short circuits and soloed away from the leading group to win with a 15-second margin over chasers Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) and Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon).

Powers now holds all three USA titles, with her 2013 criterium national championship defense coming in August.

The professional and Cat 1/2 women raced for 104km that included three short starting circuits, two longer loops over Lookout Mountain, and another three final circuits that were 8.6km apiece, and included a short climb over Kent Street.

Rachel Byus (FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore) kicked off the day with an attack at the end of the first starting circuit. Her teammate Mia Loquai countered that move but was followed by Amber Gaffney (Twenty16 Pro Cycling). The pair gained a minute with two short circuits to go.

They gained another minute as they entered the first of two long laps. Heading into the base of the Lookout Mountain, and with a strong field of climbers behind them, Gaffney pedalled away from Loquai and tried to get over the top before being caught.

Race favorites amassed at the front of the field with Stevens, Mara Abbott (UnitedHealthcare) and Andrea Dvorak (Tibco-To The Top) among them. They pulled back 30 seconds to Gaffney half way up the climb and caught her before the start of the tricky descent.

The main field dwindled to about 20 riders as they reached the downtown portion of the circuit and climbed over the new Kent Street hill for the first time. Powers made her first attack on the other side of the hill, through a technical corner, perhaps as a practice run before the final short circuits.

She opened a small gap and was followed by Janel Holcomb (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies). Stevens bridged across to the pair and the breakaway looked like it could have been a decisive one, however, the main field of roughly 17 riders worked hard to catch them before the start of the second and last climb over Lookout Mountain.

Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) attacked on the climb and got a small gap ahead of a large chase group that included her teammates Powers and Abbott along with Lauren Hall, Janel Holcomb and defending champion Jade Wilcoxson (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Stevens, Tayler Wiles and Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon), E. Scotti Wilborne and Krista Doebel-Hickok (Tibco), Abigail Mickey and Lauren Komanski (Twenty16 Pro Cycling) and Guarnier.

Wiles, who won the Redlands Bicycle Classic earlier this season and placed fourth in the time trial championships, put her strength to the test to try and catch Hall, taking pressure off her Specialized-lululemon teammates.

Hall started the three short finishing circuits with a minute advantage and Wiles joined her before the start of the second circuit. Their gap held for most of that lap, however, Powers, Hall, Stevens and Guarnier bridged across just before they reached the Kent Street climb.

Powers immediately attacked on the descent off of the climb and gained a small lead as she rounded the final lap. She held a 10-second gap on chasers Stevens and Gaurnier on the final climb over Kent Street but increased her lead to 15 seconds as she approached the finish line in downtown Chattanooga.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alison Powers (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team 2:55:25  
2 Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:22  
3 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon 0:00:25  
4 Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon 0:01:11  
5 Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team 0:02:20  
6 Lauren Hall (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:02:35  
7 Lauren Komanski (USA) Twenty16 0:02:57  
8 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon 0:04:06  
9 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:04:07  
10 Scotti Wilborne (USA) Team TIBCO - To The Top 0:04:10  
11 Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (USA) Team TIBCO - To The Top 0:04:11  
12 Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team    
13 Kathryn Donovan (USA) Twenty16 0:07:18  
14 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:07:39  
15 Breanne Nalder (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K4 0:08:17  
16 Jessica Prinner (USA) Colavita-Fine Cooking 0:11:00  
17 Amanda Miller (USA) Team TIBCO - To The Top    
18 Mandy Heintz (Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing)    
19 Ally Stacher (USA) Specialized-lululemon    
20 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Twenty16    
21 Mary Zider (USA) Colavita-Fine Cooking    
22 Amy Charity (USA) Vanderkitten    
23 Brianna Walle (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
24 Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty16    
25 Jessica Cutler (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore    
26 Anna Sanders (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore    
27 Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
28 Alison Tetrick (USA) Twenty16    
DNF Amber Gaffney (USA) TWENTY16    
DNF Kristin Mcgrath (USA) TWENTY16    
DNF Abigail Mickey (USA) TWENTY16    
DNF Greta Neimanas (USA) TWENTY16    
DNF Andrea Dvorak (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top    
DNF Sara Headley (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top    
DNF Kendall Ryan (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top    
DNF Samantha Schneider (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top    
DNF Jessica Cerra (USA) SPY GIANT RIDE p/b MRI    
DNF Jennifer Whalen (USA) SPY GIANT RIDE p/b MRI    
DNF Whitney Schultz (USA) Colavita-Fine Cooking    
DNF Kailin Acheson (USA) Team Belladium    
DNF Cali Ewing (USA) Team Belladium    
DNF Rachel Byus (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore    
DNF Amy Cutler (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore    
DNF Mia Loquai (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore    
DNF Melinda Spratt (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore    
DNF Erica Zaveta (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore    
DNF Alexis Zink (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore    
DNF Lauren De Crescenzo (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K4    
DNF Heather Fischer (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K4    
DNF Anne Perry (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K4    
DNF Irena Ossola (USA) Cloud Racing p/b Ride2Recovery    
DNF Jacqueline Parker (USA) Cloud Racing p/b Ride2Recovery    
DNF Starla Teddergreen (USA) Cloud Racing p/b Ride2Recovery    
DNF Debbie Milne (USA) Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team p/b GCB    
DNF Danielle Bradley (USA) Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing    
DNF Lindsay Fox (USA) Jobing.com Women's Racing    
DNF Chelsea Factor (USA) Pioneer Mortgage pb Yourkey.com    
DNF Katherine Reinhart (USA) Puget Sound Cycling Club    
DNF Allison Arensman (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team    
DNF Nina Laughlin (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team    
DNF Cinthia Lehner (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team    
DNF Caroline Moakley (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team    
DNF Arden Stelly (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team    
DNF Stephanie Rynas (USA) Taco Mamacita    
DNF Christy Keely (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling    
DNF Amy Phillips (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling    
DNF Ginger Snell (USA) Velo Sports Group    
DNF Raquel Miller (USA) Zimmer Capital p/b Foundation    
DNF Rebecca Clark (USA)    
DNF Jessica Chong (USA)    
DNF Anna Zivarts (USA) Mellow Mushroom Racing    
DNS Jennifer Schuble (USA) East Point Track Club    
DNS Allison Atkinson (USA) Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing