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North Star GP: Coryn Rivera wins Cannon Falls road race

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Coryn Rivera (United Healthcare) takes the field sprint for the stage 3 win in Cannon Falls.

Coryn Rivera (United Healthcare) takes the field sprint for the stage 3 win in Cannon Falls.
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One to go and Team TIBCO-SVB takes control over the front of the race

One to go and Team TIBCO-SVB takes control over the front of the race
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Stage 3 Podium: Kimberley Wells (Colavita/Bianchi), Coryn Rivera (United Healthcare), Erica Allar (Rally Cycling)

Stage 3 Podium: Kimberley Wells (Colavita/Bianchi), Coryn Rivera (United Healthcare), Erica Allar (Rally Cycling)
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Penn Cycle Top Amateur - Kathryn Buss (Medica Collegiate), K'ul Chocolate Sprint - Sophie Mackay (Hagens-Berman), Greg Lemond Best Young Rider - Lauretta Hanson (Colavita/Bianchi), Race Leader - Brianna Walle (Team TIBCO-SVB), Sport Beans Queen of the Hill - Erica Allar (Rally Cycling), Surly Most Aggressive - Ellen Watters (SPBRC/Grand Performance)

Penn Cycle Top Amateur - Kathryn Buss (Medica Collegiate), K'ul Chocolate Sprint - Sophie Mackay (Hagens-Berman), Greg Lemond Best Young Rider - Lauretta Hanson (Colavita/Bianchi), Race Leader - Brianna Walle (Team TIBCO-SVB), Sport Beans Queen of the Hill - Erica Allar (Rally Cycling), Surly Most Aggressive - Ellen Watters (SPBRC/Grand Performance)
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It was barns and farm fields all around Cannon Falls as the women's race finally got underway

It was barns and farm fields all around Cannon Falls as the women's race finally got underway
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Abby Krawczyk (Orion Racing p/b Kul Chocolate) brings the field across the line to start the finish circuits

Abby Krawczyk (Orion Racing p/b Kul Chocolate) brings the field across the line to start the finish circuits
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At 2 to go, United Healthcare brings the peloton around the course

At 2 to go, United Healthcare brings the peloton around the course
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Coryn Rivera (United Healthcare) celebrates the stage 3 win in Cannon Falls

Coryn Rivera (United Healthcare) celebrates the stage 3 win in Cannon Falls
(Image credit: Matthew Moses/Moses Images)

UnitedHeathcare's Coryn Rivera showed the pro women's field a clean pair of heels today at the North Star Grand Prix in Cannon Falls. The 71-time national champion won by more a bike length ahead of Kimberly Wells (Colavita-Bianchi) and Erica Allar (Rally Cycling) after 71 miles of racing through Eastern Minnesota farmland.

Samantha Schneider (ISCorp Cycling p/b SmartChoice MRI) and Joelle Numainville (North Memorial Health Care) rounded out the top five.

Before racing got underway, a major crash in the men's field caused long delays for the women, which caused officials to shorten Stage 3 by 12 miles. When racing resumed, the action started at mile 17 when Ellen Watters (SPBRC) attempted to break free of the peloton. Watters gained a maximum of 10 seconds over a few miles, however no one seemed keen on bridging up to the solo rider who eventually went back to the pack. However her efforts weren't all for naught - Watters was awarded the Surly Most Aggressive jersey at the end of the stage.

From then on, the field was content to ride together. Team Tibco controlled the pace for the race leader, Brianna Walle and no rider was willing to take their chances off the front for the rest of the stage.
On the way toward Cannon Falls, Erica Allar picked up enough points (10) to put her in the Sport Beans Queen of the Hills jersey and Sophie MacKay (Supermint-Hagens Berman) followed suit in the K'ul Chocolate sprint competition.

When the field reached the four final circuits around Cannon Falls, the pace rose considerably. UHC and IS Corp were active at the front until 2 laps to go, when Tibco swarmed the blue train and took over proceedings. With just one lap remaining, best young rider leader Lauretta Hanson (Colavita/Bianchi) went to the front to lead out her teammate, Wells, but it was the young speedster from Southern California who powered to a win despite starting her sprint relatively early.

In the overall competition, Walle remains in yellow heading into stage 4. 

Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Coryn Rivera (eam UnitedHealthcare)3:01:14
2Kimberley Wells (Colavita/Bianchi Racing)
3Erica Allar (Rally Cycling)
4Samantha Schneider (ISCorp Cycling p/b SmartChoice MRI)
5Joelle Numainville (North Memorial Health Care)

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