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Clarke wins Crystal Cup

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Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) wins Crystal Cup

Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) wins Crystal Cup (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Scotti Wilborne (UnitedHealthcare) takes a high speed turn

Scotti Wilborne (UnitedHealthcare) takes a high speed turn (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The women comes through with 5 laps to go

The women comes through with 5 laps to go (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Pepper Palace sends riders to the front

Pepper Palace sends riders to the front (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The women head into the final laps

The women head into the final laps (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Teams fight at the front heading into the final lap

Teams fight at the front heading into the final lap (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Emily Collins (TIBCO) gets ready for some podium time

Emily Collins (TIBCO) gets ready for some podium time (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) signs autographs for young fans

Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) signs autographs for young fans (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The women’s podium in Crystal City

The women’s podium in Crystal City (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Emily Collins (TIBCO) gives Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) a good soaking with champagne

Emily Collins (TIBCO) gives Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) a good soaking with champagne (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Airgas tries to get a break started

Airgas tries to get a break started (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) makes his way to the break

Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) makes his way to the break (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The break about to catch the back of the field in the men’s race

The break about to catch the back of the field in the men’s race (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Cari Higgins (UnitedHealthcare) tries to get something going at the front

Cari Higgins (UnitedHealthcare) tries to get something going at the front (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) and yesterday’s winner Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) at the front

Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) and yesterday’s winner Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) at the front (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The women’s field gets strung out with 10 laps left

The women’s field gets strung out with 10 laps left (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Lindsay Bayer (Pepper Palace) attacks at the front

Lindsay Bayer (Pepper Palace) attacks at the front (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) rides safe at the front

Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) rides safe at the front (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) comes to the start line

Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) comes to the start line (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The call-ups for the men

The call-ups for the men (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The men’s field comes to the start line

The men’s field comes to the start line (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The presentation of colours for todays racing

The presentation of colours for todays racing (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Luis Amaran (Jamis) towards the front of the field

Luis Amaran (Jamis) towards the front of the field (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Sebastian Haedo (Jamis) riding in the break

Sebastian Haedo (Jamis) riding in the break (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) in the field before making the break

Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) in the field before making the break (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Riding amongst the trees in the Crystal City

Riding amongst the trees in the Crystal City (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Luis Amaran (Jamis) launches an attack

Luis Amaran (Jamis) launches an attack (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Adam Myerson (Astellas) takes a tight corner

Adam Myerson (Astellas) takes a tight corner (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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A break tries to get away in the last couple laps

A break tries to get away in the last couple laps (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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UnitedHealthcare comes to the front with only a couple laps to go

UnitedHealthcare comes to the front with only a couple laps to go (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare) pulls on the front to split the field

Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare) pulls on the front to split the field (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) celebrates with teammates Karl Menzies and Brad White after taking the win

Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) celebrates with teammates Karl Menzies and Brad White after taking the win (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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The men’s podium in Crystal City

The men’s podium in Crystal City (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) launches some champagne after taking the omnium jersey

Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) launches some champagne after taking the omnium jersey (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) took home todays win and the overall omnium

Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) took home todays win and the overall omnium (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Unitedhealthcare teammates Carlos Alzate and Crystal Cup winner Hilton Clarke

Unitedhealthcare teammates Carlos Alzate and Crystal Cup winner Hilton Clarke (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)

Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) took his second consecutive win in as many days at the Air Force Association Cycling Classic, winning the Crystal Cup on Sunday. In similar fashion to the provisos day’s Clarendon Cup, Clarke was a part of a breakaway that lapped the field. He then relied on his team to lead him out for the bunch kick, to finish ahead of breakaway companion and teammate Karl Menzies and Jamis-Hagens Berman’s Luis Amaran.

In the women’s race, Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) won the bunch sprint to the finish line ahead of US criterium champion Kendall Ryan (Tibco-SVB) and Christy Keely (Fearless Femme p/b Haute Wheels).

“As a sprinter, I was conserving my energy to use it where it mattered most,” Rivera said. “My teammates did a great job keeping me covered. Hard work and good luck is always a good mix for a race finish. Tibco did a really good job today giving us a run for our money… They gave us a good run but didn’t overtake us in the end.”

The previous day’s Clarendon Cup winner Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB) was aggressive and tried to infiltrate the UnitedHealthcare train on the last lap, riding in second wheel out of the final corner. However, Rivera was able to use her sprint to come around Stephens to take the win.

Brief Results

Men
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Hilton Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare
2Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare)
3Luis Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman

Women
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare
2Kendall Ryan (TIBCO-SVB)
3Christy Keely (Fearless Femme p/b Haute Wheels)

 

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