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Coles-Lyster and Vogel win women's and men's omnium titles Armed Forces Cycling Classic

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Armed Forces Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup

Maggie Coles-Lyster wins the two-day Omnium (Image credit: Armed Forces Cycling Classic)
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Connor Sallee

Connor Sallee wins Crystal City Cup (Image credit: Doug Graham)
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Kendall Ryan

Kendall Ryan wins Crystal City Cup (Image credit: Doug Graham)
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Men's podium at Crystal City Cup

Men's podium at Crystal City Cup (Image credit: Connor Sallee)
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Women's Podium at Crystal City Cup

Women's Podium at Crystal City Cup (Image credit: Jason Herman)
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Armed Forces Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup

Maggie Coles Lyster beats Kendall Ryan to win Clarendon Cup (Image credit: Armed Forces Cycling Classic)
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Armed Forces Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup

Stephen Vogel wins the two-day Omnium (Image credit: Armed Forces Cycling Classic)
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Armed Forces Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup

Stephen Vogel wins Clarendon Cup (Image credit: Armed Forces Cycling Classic)

Maggie Coles-Lyster (DNA Pro Cycling) and Stephen Vogel (Project Echelon) won the overall titles at the weekend’s two-day Armed Forces Cycling Classic held in Arlington, Virginia. The two races were the first held as part of USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour since events had been either cancelled or postponed due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The long-running back-to-back criteriums were cancelled last year amid the pandemic but returned this year for the 23rd annual Armed Forces Cycling Classic.

The Crystal City race opened the weekend of racing on Saturday with a 60-minute criterium for the women’s field and a 90-minute race for the men’s field. Kendall Ryan (L39ion of Los Angeles) successfully defended her title, after winning the race in 2019, in a sprint finish that saw Coles-Lyster securing second place and Ryan’s teammate Skylar Schneider crossing the line in third. 

In the men’s race, Connor Sallee took the win for his ButcherBox Cycling team with Tyler Stites (Aveolo) in second and Alec Cowan (L39ion of Los Angeles) in third.

Sunday’s event at the Clarendon Cup was arguably the more technical and challenging parcours of the two races and annually held on a 1km circuit. The women’s field raced 50 kilometres, and a total of 250 corners, during the 50-lap race, and the men raced 100 kilometres across 100 laps and 500 corners.

Coles-Lyster did one better than the previous day and took the Clarendon Cup victory, which gave her enough points to move ahead of Ryan to also take the win in the overall omnium standings. Coles-Lyster outsprinted Ryan with Makayla MacPherson (Lux p/b sideshow) finishing third.

The men’s race was neutralized just after the start due to a crash. Once the race restarted, several attacks split the peloton into two groups, Stephen Vogel (Project Echelon Racing) went on to launch a solo attack with 25 laps remaining that saw him win the race and the overall omnium title. Scott McGill (Aevolo) won the chase-group sprint for second ahead of Noah Granigan (Wildlife Generation) in third.

The Pro Road Tour is expected to resume at Tulsa Tough from June 11-13, a series of criteriums in Oklahoma. The Rochester Twilight Criterium is also expected to be held the same weekend on June 12 in New York.

In addition, after a year's absence of national championships in all disciplines, USA Cycling will host the high-profile US Pro Road National Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee. The events include road, time trial and criterium championships for professional men and women from June 17 to 20.

Women's Crystal City Cup
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kendall Ryan (L39ion of Los Angeles)
2Maggie Coles-Lyster D(NA Pro Cycling Team)
3Skylar Schneider (L39ion of Los Angeles)
4Makayla MacPherson (Lux p/b sideshow)
5Rachel Langdon (InstaFund Racing)

Men's Crystal City Cup
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Connor Sallee (ButcherBox Cycling)
2Tyler Stites (Aevolo)
3Alec Cowan (L39ion of Los Angeles)
4Stephen Vogel (Project Echelon)
5Samuel Boardman (L39ion of Los Angeles)

Women’s Clarendon Cup
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maggie Coles Lyster (DNA Pro Cycling Team)
2Kendall Ryan (L39ion of Los Angeles)
3Makayla MacPherson (Lux p/b sideshow)
4Skylar Schneider (L39ion of Los Angeles)
5Rachel Langdon (InstaFund Racing)

Men’s Clarendon Cup
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephen Vogel (Project Echelon)
2Scott McGill (Aevolo)
3Noah Granigan (Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling)
4Ty Magner (L39ion of Los Angeles)
5John Heinlein III (Project Echelon)

Women’s Omnium
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maggie Coles-Lyster (DNA Pro Cycling Team)
2Kendall Ryan (L39ion of Los Angeles)
3Makayla MacPherson (Lux p/b sideshow)

Men’s Omnium
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephen Vogel (Project Echelon)
2Noah Granigan (Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling)
3Samuel Boardman (L39ion of Los Angeles)