Women's Tour of California: Wild wins fast and furious Sacramento stage

Guarnier seals first WorldTour stage race victory

Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) sprinted past Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) and Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) to win the final stage of the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women's Race. Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) finished safely in the field winning the yellow Amgen Race Leader jersey, and the Visit California Sprint Leader jersey.

"It was a bit of chaos but my teammates were so great," WiId said. "They helped me in the front and pulled me into the train, into the train of Rabobank. It was so strange but I could finish it off."

Sunday's race was tightly controlled by several teams including Boels-Dolmans, UnitedHealthCare and Hitec who were looking to set up a sprint finish. Large crowds and sunny skies greeted the women's peloton at the 70 km downtown Sacramento circuit.

Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) came through at the head of the field on the first lap, pushing the pace as if to say Boels-Dolmans would be a constant presence for any rider thinking of trying to slip away. Early attacks were quickly neutralized by Boels-Dolmans and Guarnier who kept close tabs on the field.

Several laps into the race a small group of seven riders separated from the field gaining a handful of seconds. The move was doomed after Rabo-Liv and Boels Dolmans jumped into the group forcing a reaction from the peloton.

With the small group reabsorbed Cylance and BePink took up the role of agitators the front of the race. Amber Neben (BePink) made a significant, but short lived, attack with 10 laps to go. After Neben's attack Hitec crossed the line with two riders at the front of the field as if to send a message that the race was destined for a field sprint.

With six to go the bell rang for the only intermediate sprint of the day. Guarnier won the field sprint, gaining the three second time bonus, followed by Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) and Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16-Ridebiker.)

In the closing laps a handful of attacks were brought back and the field remained intact. With one lap to go the entire UnitedHealthcare squad crossed the line at the front of the field attempting to set up their famed 'Blue Train' in support of Coryn Rivera. As the field rounded the circuit a final time the big European teams including Canyon-SRAM and Rabo-Liv began to position their sprinters.

In the final straight Vos and Wild jumped at the same time but Wild was too powerful. Wild blasted down the long stretch to the finish for the win followed by Brennauer in second, and Vos in third.

"It was clear that it was going to be so fast in the final that it would probably end up in a bunch sprint," Vos said. "Of course then Kirsten Wild and Brennauer are such powerful sprinters, and this is such a fast roll in, that it would be hard to beat them but I was in a really good position.

"I came off and I saw Kirsten coming by, and then Brennauer and I couldn't match the speed. So third was my place today."

Former Time Trial World Champion Lisa Brennauer's Canyon-SRAM squad suffered throughout the week due to the combination of travel and altitude. Despite a rough several days Brennauer felt the team was leaving on a good note after her second place finish.

"It's a finish line that suits me," Brennauer said. "It's pretty long, and it's a powerful sprint. Something that suits me. I'm happy that we go out of this week with good energy. It hasn't been the team's best week here in California."

Megan Guarnier finished safely in the field winning the GC by 17 seconds over Kristin Armstrong. The day had not gone exactly to plan for Boels-Dolmans but Guarnier was pleased nonetheless.

"The primary goals was to keep the jersey coming into today," Guarnier said. "We really wanted to lead Chantal [Blaak] out for a stage but we kind of got disorganized in the finish. It would have been nice, but we kept first and third in the GC and we are happy with that."

Kristin Armstrong finished second in the GC, while Evelyn Stevens finished third. Mara Abbott (Wiggle High5) won the Lexus Queen of the Mountain jersey and 19 year old Chloe Dygert won the SRAM Best Young Rider jersey.

The US peloton moves to Winston-Salem, NC next week for the US Pro Road Race and Time Trial Nationals.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products1:35:10 
2Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
3Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
4Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women  
5Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5  
6Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
7Ruth Winder (USA) USA National Team  
8Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink  
9Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
10Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
11Brianna Walle (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
12Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling  
13Alison Jackson (Can) Twenty16 - Ridebiker  
14Kimberley Wells (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi  
15Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker  
16Sara Headley (USA) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
17Heather Fischer (USA) Rally Cycling  
18Hannah Ross (USA) Rally Cycling  
19Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
20Nicole Moerig (Aus) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
21Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
22Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
23Rebeca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
24Lex Albrecht (Can) Bepink  
25Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team  
26Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5  
27Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High5  
28Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
29Kristin Armstrong (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker  
30Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
31Karol Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
32Nikki Harris (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
33Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle High5  
34Sharon Laws (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa0:00:06 
35Leah Thomas (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker  
36Rocio Parrado Guarnizo (Col) Weber Shimano Ladies Power  
37Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM  
38Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team  
39Kelly Catlin (USA) USA National Team  
40Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi  
41Beth Ann Orton (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
42Jennifer Tetrick (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker  
43Tayler Wiles (USA) USA National Team  
44Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women  
45Caterin Elisabeth Previley (Arg) Weber Shimano Ladies Power  
46Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Rally Cycling  
47Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
48Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
49Amanda Miller (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
50Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products  
51Claire Rose (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
52Nina Marie Laughlin (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
53Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM0:00:11 
54Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM  
55Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Women  
56Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM  
57Jessica Cutler (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
58Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products  
59Luciene Ferreira da Silva (Bra) Weber Shimano Ladies Power  
60Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon-SRAM  
61Jessenia Meneses (Col) Weber Shimano Ladies Power  
62Lauren Tamayo (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women  
63Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Women  
64Laura Massey (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
65Lauren Hall (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
66Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High5  
67Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
68Katie Donovan (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
69Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink  
70Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
71Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Bepink  
72Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling  
73Sophie Coleman (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
74Jennifer George (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
75Sarah Storey (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
76Amber Neben (USA) Bepink  
77Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
78Maria Fadiga (Arg) Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:00:19 
79Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:00:21 
80Gretchen Stumhofer (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
81Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products0:00:23 
82Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Women  
83Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:05:00 
84Allison Elizabeth Linnell (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team0:06:30 
85Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
86Mandy Heintz (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling  
DNFEmily Collins (NZl) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFMegan Alderete (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team  
DNFScotti Lechuga (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRomy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
DNFKathrin Hammes (Ger) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
Sprint 1 - Sacramento (15th crossing of the finish line) - 52.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team3 pts
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High52 
3Kristin Armstrong (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker1 
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products15 pts
2Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon-SRAM12 
3Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team9 
4Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women7 
5Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High56 
6Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling5 
7Ruth Winder (USA) USA National Team4 
8Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink3 
9Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
10Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank1 
Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Winder (USA) USA National Team1:35:10 
2Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink  
3Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling  
4Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker  
5Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
6Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM0:00:06 
7Kelly Catlin (USA) USA National Team  
8Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi  
9Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
10Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM0:00:11 
11Jessenia Meneses (Col) Weber Shimano Ladies Power  
12Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
13Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Bepink  
14Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Women0:00:23 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team4:45:30 
2Rally Cycling  
3Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
4Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
5Twenty16 - Ridebiker  
6Wiggle High5  
7Podium Ambition Pro Cycling0:00:06 
8Bepink0:00:11 
9USA National Team0:00:12 
10Canyon SRAM Racing0:00:17 
11UnitedHealthcare Women  
12Hitec Products  
13Colavita - Bianchi  
14Cylance Pro Cycling  
15Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:00:18 
16Drops Cycling0:00:22 
17Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:00:23 
18Hagens Berman - Supermint0:06:36 
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team8:00:31 
2Kristin Armstrong (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:00:17 
3Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:28 
4Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:42 
5Leah Thomas (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:00:56 
6Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:00:59 
7Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women0:01:01 
8Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High50:01:02 
9Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women0:01:07 
10Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:01:25 
11Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High50:01:27 
12Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM0:01:37 
13Brianna Walle (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:01:38 
14Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Women0:01:50 
15Nikki Harris (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:01:54 
16Karol Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
17Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High50:01:58 
18Sharon Laws (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa0:02:08 
19Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle High50:02:17 
20Tayler Wiles (USA) USA National Team0:02:33 
21Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team0:02:59 
22Katie Donovan (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:03:02 
23Rocio Parrado Guarnizo (Col) Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:03:59 
24Amber Neben (USA) Bepink  
25Ruth Winder (USA) USA National Team0:04:12 
26Nina Marie Laughlin (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:04:13 
27Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon-SRAM0:05:38 
28Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:06:20 
29Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:06:29 
30Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling0:06:40 
31Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Rally Cycling0:06:54 
32Jessica Cutler (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:06:56 
33Heather Fischer (USA) Rally Cycling0:07:05 
34Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:07:08 
35Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products  
36Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:07:18 
37Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:07:19 
38Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High50:07:30 
39Alison Jackson (Can) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:07:36 
40Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products0:07:48 
41Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM0:07:50 
42Sara Headley (USA) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa0:07:54 
43Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Women0:08:07 
44Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:08:12 
45Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:08:15 
46Lauren Hall (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:08:17 
47Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products0:08:25 
48Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:08:27 
49Lex Albrecht (Can) Bepink0:08:28 
50Claire Rose (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa0:08:29 
51Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:08:30 
52Jessenia Meneses (Col) Weber Shimano Ladies Power  
53Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:09:03 
54Gretchen Stumhofer (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:09:04 
55Laura Massey (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:09:13 
56Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products0:09:20 
57Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM0:09:45 
58Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:12:29 
59Nicole Moerig (Aus) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa0:12:38 
60Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Women0:12:51 
61Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM0:13:17 
62Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling0:13:27 
63Kelly Catlin (USA) USA National Team0:13:29 
64Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:13:30 
65Sarah Storey (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa0:13:50 
66Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Bepink0:14:25 
67Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink0:14:28 
68Beth Ann Orton (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:14:29 
69Sophie Coleman (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:14:55 
70Kimberley Wells (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi0:15:18 
71Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team0:15:25 
72Amanda Miller (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:15:26 
73Maria Fadiga (Arg) Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:15:39 
74Caterin Elisabeth Previley (Arg) Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:15:46 
75Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink0:15:50 
76Jennifer George (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:15:53 
77Luciene Ferreira da Silva (Bra) Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:16:21 
78Jennifer Tetrick (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:17:17 
79Lauren Tamayo (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women0:18:25 
80Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi0:19:34 
81Rebeca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:20:16 
82Mandy Heintz (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:21:29 
83Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:21:44 
84Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon-SRAM0:23:42 
85Hannah Ross (USA) Rally Cycling0:23:49 
86Allison Elizabeth Linnell (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team0:27:25 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team30 pts
2Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team30 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High523 
4Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women23 
5Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products15 
6Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon-SRAM12 
7Kristin Armstrong (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker10 
8Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team7 
9Brianna Walle (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank6 
10Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High56 
11Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM5 
12Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling5 
13Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling5 
14Ruth Winder (USA) USA National Team4 
15Heather Fischer (USA) Rally Cycling4 
16Sarah Storey (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa3 
17Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker3 
18Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team3 
19Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team3 
20Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink3 
21Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank2 
22Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle High52 
23Tayler Wiles (USA) USA National Team2 
24Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Rally Cycling2 
25Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Women1 
26Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High58 pts
2Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team6 
3Evelyn Stevens (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
4Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High52 
5Kristin Armstrong (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker1 
6Karol Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team1 
7Tayler Wiles (USA) USA National Team1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker8:01:30 
2Ruth Winder (USA) USA National Team0:03:13 
3Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:05:21 
4Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling0:05:41 
5Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:06:09 
6Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM0:06:51 
7Jessenia Meneses (Col) Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:07:31 
8Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM0:08:46 
9Annie Ewart (Can) UnitedHealthcare Women0:11:52 
10Kelly Catlin (USA) USA National Team0:12:30 
11Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:12:31 
12Francesca Pattaro (Ita) Bepink0:13:26 
13Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink0:13:29 
14Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi0:18:35 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Twenty16 - Ridebiker24:03:28 
2Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:45 
3UnitedHealthcare Women0:01:49 
4Wiggle High50:02:15 
5Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:07:18 
6Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:08:45 
7Canyon SRAM Racing0:13:11 
8Podium Ambition Pro Cycling0:15:51 
9Colavita - Bianchi0:16:24 
10Cylance Pro Cycling0:17:32 
11Rally Cycling0:18:08 
12USA National Team0:18:19 
13Hagens Berman - Supermint0:18:20 
14Hitec Products0:20:30 
15Bepink0:24:41 
16Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:25:33 
17Weber Shimano Ladies Power0:26:00 
18Drops Cycling0:36:33 

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