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Clarke takes sprint win at Clarendon Cup

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Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB) takes the win and looks back to see where everyone else is

Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB) takes the win and looks back to see where everyone else is (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The women take to the start line

The women take to the start line (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The women’s podium

The women’s podium (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) wins the field sprint for second

Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) wins the field sprint for second (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) all smiles on the way to the finish

Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) all smiles on the way to the finish (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Lindsay Bayer (Pepper Palace) leads the chase

Lindsay Bayer (Pepper Palace) leads the chase (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) keeps a gap on the field

Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) keeps a gap on the field (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The women’s field chases the leader

The women’s field chases the leader (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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UnitedHealthcare comes to the front to try and bring back the break

UnitedHealthcare comes to the front to try and bring back the break (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) goes solo off the front

Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) goes solo off the front (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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A rider leans through a turn

A rider leans through a turn (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The women’s field races through downtown Clarendon

The women’s field races through downtown Clarendon (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Lauren Tamayo (UnitedHealthcare) and teammate Cari Higgins move to the front.

Lauren Tamayo (UnitedHealthcare) and teammate Cari Higgins move to the front. (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Kendall Ryan (TIBCO) making her way through the first turn

Kendall Ryan (TIBCO) making her way through the first turn (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The women strung out with 41 laps still to go

The women strung out with 41 laps still to go (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The men wait for the call ups

The men wait for the call ups (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) in the break to lap the field

Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) in the break to lap the field (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Chris Horner (Airgas) sits back in the bunch

Chris Horner (Airgas) sits back in the bunch (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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TIBCO moves to the front to control things

TIBCO moves to the front to control things (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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UnitedHealthcare keep the pressure on at the front

UnitedHealthcare keep the pressure on at the front (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Kendall Ryan (TIBCO) gets called to the line

Kendall Ryan (TIBCO) gets called to the line (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Fans line the course as the laps count down

Fans line the course as the laps count down (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare) cranks up the speed in the final laps

Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare) cranks up the speed in the final laps (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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This gentleman spent the day capturing the colors and speed of the race

This gentleman spent the day capturing the colors and speed of the race (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Luis Amaran (Jamis) gets pushed back in after a crash

Luis Amaran (Jamis) gets pushed back in after a crash (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The men string out with the break up the road

The men string out with the break up the road (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Abraham (Texas Roadhouse) leading the break

Abraham (Texas Roadhouse) leading the break (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The men’s field heads through the feed zone

The men’s field heads through the feed zone (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Jamis comes to the front to help set the tempo

Jamis comes to the front to help set the tempo (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Chris Horner (Airgas) got to work on his cornering skills during today's crit

Chris Horner (Airgas) got to work on his cornering skills during today's crit (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare)

Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)

Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB) took a solo win at the Air Force Association Cycling Classic's Clarendon Cup on Saturday in Arlington, Virginia. Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) sprinted in ahead of the main field for second place ahead of US criterium champion Kendall Ryan (Tibco-SVB.

In the men's race there were several attacks and reshuffling moves, one that included UnitedHealthcare's Carlos Alzate and Argentine sprinter Sebastian Haedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman). UnitedHealthcare took control of the race and brought that move back preferring instead to rely on their Australian sprinter Hilton Clarke, who rode into a new breakaway that lapped the field.

He took the win ahead of Ryan Aitcheson (Astellas) took second place on the day and Bobby Lea (Custom Velo pb Altamira) was third.

"We don't really like to chase our own teammates but Carlos was in a move with one of the most dangerous riders in Sebastian Haedo, so we made a call to chase it back, and I told them that I would be ready for the next move once it comes back. We trusted each other, we've been doing it a long time, but that was a hard race."

The Air Force Association Cycling Classic will continue with the Crystal Cup on Sunday. You can watch the live streaming of the women's and men's races here on Cyclingnews.

Brief Results

Women
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-SVB
2Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare
3Kendall Ryan (USA) Tibco-SVB

Men
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Hilton Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare
2Ryan Aitcheson (USA) Astellas
3Bobby Lea (USA) Custom Velo pb Altamira

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