Powless, Rivera take US Pro Road Tour leads

Following their recent success at the Joe Martin Stage Race, Nielson Powless (Axeon-Hagens Berman) and Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) climbed to the top of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour's individual standings after four of 22 series events.

Rivera won two stages and the overall at the Arkansas stage race, relying on time bonuses during the final stage to propel her past teammate Linda Villumsen in the general classification. Villumsen won the opening time trial, followed by Rivera's pair of wins during stages 2 and 3. Villumsen led the overall by 10 seconds going into the final criterium - won in a solo move by Tibco-SVB's Lauren Stephens - but Rivera's time bonus for finishing second pushed her into the lead after Villumsen finished four seconds behind her.

Rivera now leads the Pro Road Tour by 14 points over previous leader Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16 RideBiker), winner of the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Redlands stage winner Scotti Lechuga (Hagens Berman-Supermint) is third, 40 points back.

Powless, a 19-year-old from Roseville, California, also relied on time bonuses during the final criterium to jump past previous Joe Martin race leader Janier Acevedo (Team Jamis), who had led since the opening time trial. Powless started the day seven seconds behind Acevedo and six seconds behind runner-up Nigel Ellsay (Silber Pro Cycling).

"This is awesome," Powless said in a report on the Axeon-Hagens Berman website. "It pretty much all came down to the time bonuses. I knew going into the last lap that I didn't have enough seconds to take the win. So Geoffrey Curran gave me a full lap lead out to the base of the climb. I was going back and forth all the way to the line with Travis McCabe (Holowesko-Citadel) and Carlos Alzate (UnitedHealthcare). It came down to a bike length between the three of us as we all threw our bikes at the line."

Powless finished second behind McCabe, while Alzate, the stage 3 winner, was third. The Axeon rider took the overall by four seconds over Ellsay, while Acevedo finished five seconds back for third.

The Joe Martin overall win lifted Powless past McCabe in the Pro Road Tour individual standings. Powless now leads the Holowesko-Citadel rider by seven points, with Acevedo in third, 19 points back.

The 2016 Pro Road Tour continues April 30 with the Charlotte Criterium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Dana Point Grand Prix in Dana Point, California. The next Pro Road Tour stage race is the Tour of the Gila in Silver City, New Mexico, May 4-8. The five-day race is a UCI 2.2 event.

2016 USA Cycling Pro Road Tour Standings

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Individual Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon-Hagens Berman102pts
2Travis McCabe (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie95Row 1 - Cell 3
3Janier Acevedo Calle (Col) Team Jamis83Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Jamis63Row 3 - Cell 3
5Matteo DalCin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling60Row 4 - Cell 3
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Men's Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Team Jamis217pts
2Holowesko-Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Racing203Row 1 - Cell 3
3Axeon - Hagens Berman36Row 2 - Cell 3
4UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling108Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis52Row 4 - Cell 3
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Individual Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling165pts
2Kristin Armstrong Savola (USA)Twenty16 RideBiker151Row 1 - Cell 3
3Scotti Lechuga (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint125Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mara Abbott (USA) Wiggle High5108Row 3 - Cell 3
5Linda Villumsen (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling107Row 4 - Cell 3
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Women's Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling288pts
2Twenty16 Ridebiker276Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rally Cycling215Row 2 - Cell 3
4Hagens Berman-Supermint Pro Cycling Team176Row 3 - Cell 3
5Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank148Row 4 - Cell 3


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