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Team Silber was in a good position at the start of the Circuit Race.

Team Silber was in a good position at the start of the Circuit Race. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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The Time Trial was held in perfect weather on the McCain Loop in Tucson Mountain Park

The Time Trial was held in perfect weather on the McCain Loop in Tucson Mountain Park (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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The Pro Women on a long descent towards the end of a lap

The Pro Women on a long descent towards the end of a lap (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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The Pro Men descend the Speedway Rd. section of the course

The Pro Men descend the Speedway Rd. section of the course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Yellow jersey rider Alec Cowan was attentive to all the moves during the circuit race

Yellow jersey rider Alec Cowan was attentive to all the moves during the circuit race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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GC leader Alec Cowan (Silber Pro Racing) having a laugh with an H&R rider before the start of the circuit race.

GC leader Alec Cowan (Silber Pro Racing) having a laugh with an H&R rider before the start of the circuit race. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Brenda Santoyo (Swapit Agolico) and Jamie Gilgen (Rise Racing) successfully held off the charging pack, with Gilgen taking the win at the line of the road race.

Brenda Santoyo (Swapit Agolico) and Jamie Gilgen (Rise Racing) successfully held off the charging pack, with Gilgen taking the win at the line of the road race. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Copper mines scarred the landscape along the course

Copper mines scarred the landscape along the course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Term Silber keeping the breakaway close

Term Silber keeping the breakaway close (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Hagens Berman-Supermint controlled the chase in the women's road race

Hagens Berman-Supermint controlled the chase in the women's road race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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A four-person breakaway descending in the women's road race

A four-person breakaway descending in the women's road race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Hagens Berman-Supermint brought a big team to the race

Hagens Berman-Supermint brought a big team to the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Ashley Barson (Rise Racing) has put a lot of miles on these roads this winter

Ashley Barson (Rise Racing) has put a lot of miles on these roads this winter (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Anet Barrera (Swapit Agolico) riding to an 11th place finish in the time trial

Anet Barrera (Swapit Agolico) riding to an 11th place finish in the time trial (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Paola Munoz (Swapit Agolico) riding a flat section of the time trial

Paola Munoz (Swapit Agolico) riding a flat section of the time trial (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Veronique Bilodeu (Dejardins Ford) starting her time trial

Veronique Bilodeu (Dejardins Ford) starting her time trial (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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A two-man breakaway included Silber and H&R Block

A two-man breakaway included Silber and H&R Block (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)

The 2018 Tucson Bicycle Classic, one of the key warm-up races for the North Americans, went off last weekend in perfect conditions. After three stages - a 3.2 mile time trial, a road race, and a circuit race - Nickolas Zukowsky (Silber) and Jennifer Luebke (Hagens Berman-Supermint) emerged victorious.

Thanks to the presence of a strong team, Luebke was able to hold the race lead after all three stages, the 11-second lead she gained in the time trial went out to 17 seconds over Brenda Santoyo (Swapit Angolico) by the end. Marie Soleil Blais (Independent) finished third.

In the men's race, the Silber squad dominated, taking the top three spots in the time trial. In the road race, Zukowsky slipped 10 seconds back in the bunch sprint, giving up the jersey to teammate Alec Cowan.

But on the final stage, Zukowsky escaped with two other riders and the move stuck. The trio gained 1:44 on the peloton, giving Zukowsky the win by nine seconds over Anton Varabei (Toronto Hustle). Marc Antoine Nadon (H&R Block), who won the final stage, finished in third place.