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Heidi Franz claims Redlands Classic opener

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Heidi Franz (Instafund LaPrima) celebrates a close victory over Jennifer Wheeler (Font Cycling) and Emily Marcolini (3T/Q+M Cycling)

Heidi Franz (Instafund LaPrima) celebrates a close victory over Jennifer Wheeler (Font Cycling) and Emily Marcolini (3T/Q+M Cycling) (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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Caitlin Conyers (5th) and Cassidy Hickey (10th) taking a turn on the front of the break in the second half of the race.

Caitlin Conyers (5th) and Cassidy Hickey (10th) taking a turn on the front of the break in the second half of the race. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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Emily Marcolini from 3T/Q+M Cycling attacked on the intermediate QOM point laps and finished 3rd overall on the stage to take the red QOM jersey heading into stage 2.

Emily Marcolini from 3T/Q+M Cycling attacked on the intermediate QOM point laps and finished 3rd overall on the stage to take the red QOM jersey heading into stage 2. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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The women's race was neutral through the top of the climb.

The women's race was neutral through the top of the climb. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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Heidi Franz from Instafund LaPrima was not afraid to put her nose in the wind early in the race.

Heidi Franz from Instafund LaPrima was not afraid to put her nose in the wind early in the race. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)

Heidi Franz (Instafund LaPrima) took out the opening stage of the 36th Redlands Bicycle Classic, winning the hilly Highlands Circuit in a small group sprint over Jennifer Wheeler (Fount Cycling Guild) and Emily Marcolini (3T/Q+M Cycling).

The trio were part of a 10-rider escape group that formed halfway through the stage, with Marcolini going on the attack for the mountains classification. They gained over a minute on the chasing field before Franz snatched the stage in the uphill sprint.

"It's really special because the last time I was at this race, I was racing for Rally at the time and we had just lost a teammate a month before," Franz said, remembering former teammate Kelly Catlin who died in 2019. "We won this stage with Megan Jastrab and it was so emotional. I just think of that every time I come here, and so it's super special to come back to this stage and be able to pull it off."

The Redlands Classic returned after two years of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are five stages for men and women, which are part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Heidi Franz (USA) Instafund LaPrima Elite 1:42:49
2Jennifer Wheeler (USA) Fount Cycling Guild
3Emily Marcolini (Can) 3T/Q+M Cycling 0:00:01
4Diana Penuela (Col) DNA Pro Cycling 0:00:05
5Caitlin Conyers BMU LUX-CTS p/b Specialized 0:00:10
6Maddy Ward (USA) Instafund LaPrima Elite 0:00:18
7Haley Smith (USA) ATX Wolfpack p/b Pro
8Anet Barrera (Mex) DNA Pro Cycling 0:00:22
9Isabella Bertold (Can) Instafund LaPrima Elite 0:00:34
10Cassidy Hickey (USA) LUX-CTS p/b Specialized 0:00:41
11Lisa Houser (USA) Fount Cycling Guild 0:01:07
12Erica Clevenger (USA) DNA Pro Cycling 0:01:12
13Claire Cameron (Can) Orion Racing 0:01:15
14Maeghan Easler (USA) ATX Wolfpack p/b Pro 0:01:16
15Rylee McMullen (Can) Instafund LaPrima Elite 0:01:20
16Susej Esqueda (USA) SDBC p/b Bonnici Law
17Cara O'Neill (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling 0:01:23
18Rebekah Potter (USA) SDBC p/b Bonnici Law 0:01:24
19Betsabee Salomon (Can) Orion Racing
20Romina Hinojosa (Mex) ATX Wolfpack p/b Pro 0:01:28
21Daphne Karagianis (USA) DNA Pro Cycling
22Jacqueline Larouche (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling
23Marisa Vandersteen Boaz (USA) LUX-CTS p/b Specialized
24Katherine Sarkisov (USA) LUX-CTS p/b Specialized
25Florence Chardon (USA) Fount Cycling Guild 0:01:32
26Eleanor Wiseman (Bel) Live Play Real Estate
27Camille Primeau (Can) Desjardins-Ford Crom
28Morgan Aguirre (USA) Fount Cycling Guild
29Anna Dorovskikh (USA) Orion Racing
30Rachel Jordan (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling 0:01:38
31Holly Henry (Can) Instafund LaPrima Elite 0:01:40
32Mallory MacRostie (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling 0:01:48
33Jazmine Lavergne (Can) Desjardins-Ford Crom 0:01:55
34Kaitlyn Rauwerda (Can) DNA Pro Cycling 0:02:00
35Helena Gilbert-Snyder (USA) Live Play Real Estate 0:02:03
36Lisa Cordova (USA) Live Play Real Estate
37Claudia Ferreira (USA) Live Play Real Estate 0:02:13
38Kira Payer (USA) DNA Pro Cycling 0:02:39
39Sarah Van Dam (Can) Red Truck Racing 0:02:58
40Fiona Majendie (Can) Red Truck Racing 0:05:10
41Haley Smith (USA) Fount Cycling Guild
42Kaitlyn Agnew (USA) ATX Wolfpack p/b Pro 0:06:26
43Stefanie Sydlik (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling 0:16:23
44Stella Nightingale (NZl) Instafund LaPrima Elite
45Helena Coney (Can) Instafund LaPrima Elite
46Hannah Allen (USA) Fount Cycling Guild
47Olivia Cummins (USA) LUX-CTS p/b Specialized
48Holly Simonson (Can) Red Truck Racing
49Brenna Pauly (Can) Red Truck Racing
50Kimberly Lucie (USA) DNA Pro Cycling
51Mia Manganello Kilburg (USA) DNA Pro Cycling
52Aubrey Drummond (USA) LUX-CTS p/b Specialized 0:17:25
53Jenna Klein (USA) SDBC p/b Bonnici Law 0:17:50
54Elizabeth Gin (Can) Desjardins-Ford Crom 0:17:59
55Jenna Nestman (Can) Fount Cycling Guild
56Katie Aman (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling
57Leah Thorvilson (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling
58Kara Lilly (USA) Red Truck Racing
59Caitlin Lovelace (USA) Orion Racing
60Doris Schweizer (Swi) Instafund LaPrima Elite
61Carly Woollard (USA) Orion Racing
62Sofia Schugar (USA) SDBC p/b Bonnici Law 0:21:23
63Jane Tullis (USA) Red Truck Racing
64Samuelle Baillargeon (Can) Desjardins-Ford Crom 0:21:36
65Lizbeth Ureno (USA) SDBC p/b Bonnici Law
66Ingrid Smallman (USA) Orion Racing
67Alexa Alarcon (USA) SDBC p/b Bonnici Law
68May Liu (USA) Orion Racing
69Noémie Fortin(Can) Desjardins-Ford Crom
OTLAmalia Langham (Aus) ATX Wolfpack p/b Pro 0:26:28
OTLJustine Thomas (Can) Desjardins-Ford Crom
OTLMegan Brinkmeyer (USA) Live Play Real Estate
OTLShannon Castle (USA) Live Play Real Estate
OTLCatherine Guentert (USA) Orion Racing 0:47:11
DNSMelanie Wong (USA) ATX Wolfpack p/b Pro

Sprint 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Diana Penuela (Col) DNA Pro Cycling 7
2Emily Marcolini (Can) 3T/Q+M Cycling 5
3Caitlin Conyers BMU LUX-CTS p/b Specialized 4
4Jennifer Wheeler (USA) Fount Cycling Guild 3
5Florence Chardon (USA) Fount Cycling Guild 2

Sprint 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emily Marcolini (Can) 3T/Q+M Cycling 7
2Diana Penuela (Col) DNA Pro Cycling 5
3Caitlin Conyers BMU LUX-CTS p/b Specialized 4
4Jennifer Wheeler (USA) Fount Cycling Guild 3
5Heidi Franz (USA) Instafund LaPrima Elite 2

Finish
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Heidi Franz (USA) Instafund LaPrima Elite 7
2Jennifer Wheeler (USA) Fount Cycling Guild 5
3Emily Marcolini (Can) 3T/Q+M Cycling 4
4Diana Penuela (Col) DNA Pro Cycling 3
5Caitlin Conyers BMU LUX-CTS p/b Specialized 2

General classification after stage 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Heidi Franz (USA) Instafund LaPrima Elite 1:42:38
2Jennifer Wheeler (USA) Fount Cycling Guild 0:00:05
3Emily Marcolini (Can) 3T/Q+M Cycling
4Diana Penuela (Col) DNA Pro Cycling 0:00:16
5Caitlin Conyers BMU LUX-CTS p/b Specialized 0:00:21
6Maddy Ward (USA) Instafund LaPrima Elite 0:00:27
7Haley Smith (USA) ATX Wolfpack p/b Pro 0:00:29
8Anet Barrera (Mex) DNA Pro Cycling 0:00:33
9Isabella Bertold (Can) Instafund LaPrima Elite 0:00:45
10Cassidy Hickey (USA) LUX-CTS p/b Specialized 0:00:52
11Lisa Houser (USA) Fount Cycling Guild 0:01:18
12Erica Clevenger (USA) DNA Pro Cycling 0:01:23
13Claire Cameron (Can) Orion Racing 0:01:26
14Maeghan Easler (USA) ATX Wolfpack p/b Pro 0:01:27
15Rylee McMullen (Can) Instafund LaPrima Elite 0:01:31
16Susej Esqueda (USA) SDBC p/b Bonnici Law
17Cara O'Neill (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling 0:01:34
18Rebekah Potter (USA) SDBC p/b Bonnici Law 0:01:35
19Betsabee Salomon (Can) Orion Racing
20Romina Hinojosa (Mex) ATX Wolfpack p/b Pro 0:01:39
21Daphne Karagianis (USA) DNA Pro Cycling
22Jacqueline Larouche (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling
23Marisa Vandersteen Boaz (USA) LUX-CTS p/b Specialized
24Katherine Sarkisov (USA) LUX-CTS p/b Specialized
25Florence Chardon (USA) Fount Cycling Guild 0:01:43
26Eleanor Wiseman (Bel) Live Play Real Estate
27Camille Primeau (Can) Desjardins-Ford Crom
28Morgan Aguirre (USA) Fount Cycling Guild
29Anna Dorovskikh (USA) Orion Racing
30Rachel Jordan (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling 0:01:49
31Holly Henry (Can) Instafund LaPrima Elite 0:01:51
32Mallory MacRostie (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling 0:01:59
33Jazmine Lavergne (Can) Desjardins-Ford Crom 0:02:06
34Kaitlyn Rauwerda (Can) DNA Pro Cycling 0:02:11
35Helena Gilbert-Snyder (USA) Live Play Real Estate 0:02:14
36Lisa Cordova (USA) Live Play Real Estate
37Claudia Ferreira (USA) Live Play Real Estate 0:02:24
38Kira Payer (USA) DNA Pro Cycling 0:02:50
39Sarah Van Dam (Can) Red Truck Racing 0:03:09
40Fiona Majendie (Can) Red Truck Racing 0:05:21
41Haley Smith (USA) Fount Cycling Guild
42Kaitlyn Agnew (USA) ATX Wolfpack p/b Pro 0:06:37
43Stefanie Sydlik (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling 0:16:34
44Stella Nightingale (NZl) Instafund LaPrima Elite
45Helena Coney (Can) Instafund LaPrima Elite
46Hannah Allen (USA) Fount Cycling Guild
47Olivia Cummins (USA) LUX-CTS p/b Specialized
48Holly Simonson (Can) Red Truck Racing
49Brenna Pauly (Can) Red Truck Racing
50Kimberly Lucie (USA) DNA Pro Cycling
51Mia Manganello Kilburg (USA) DNA Pro Cycling
52Aubrey Drummond (USA) LUX-CTS p/b Specialized 0:17:36
53Jenna Klein (USA) SDBC p/b Bonnici Law 0:18:01
54Elizabeth Gin (Can) Desjardins-Ford Crom 0:18:10
55Jenna Nestman (Can) Fount Cycling Guild
56Katie Aman (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling
57Leah Thorvilson (USA) 3T/Q+M Cycling
58Kara Lilly (USA) Red Truck Racing
59Caitlin Lovelace (USA) Orion Racing
60Doris Schweizer (Swi) Instafund LaPrima Elite
61Carly Woollard (USA) Orion Racing
62Sofia Schugar (USA) SDBC p/b Bonnici Law 0:21:34
63Jane Tullis (USA) Red Truck Racing
64Samuelle Baillargeon (Can) Desjardins-Ford Crom 0:21:47
65Lizbeth Ureno (USA) SDBC p/b Bonnici Law
66Ingrid Smallman (USA) Orion Racing
67Alexa Alarcon (USA) SDBC p/b Bonnici Law
68May Liu (USA) Orion Racing
69Noémie Fortin(Can) Desjardins-Ford Crom

Points classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emily Marcolini (Can) 3T/Q+M Cycling 16
2Diana Penuela (Col) DNA Pro Cycling 15
3Jennifer Wheeler (USA) Fount Cycling Guild 11
4Caitlin Conyers BMU LUX-CTS p/b Specialized 10
5Heidi Franz (USA) Instafund LaPrima Elite 9
6Florence Chardon (USA) Fount Cycling Guild 2

Teams classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Instafund LaPrima Elite W 5:09:19
2DNA Pro Cycling Team 0:00:47
3LUX-CTS p/b Specialized 0:01:27
4Fount Cycling Guild 0:01:47
53T/Q+M Cycling 0:02:00
6ATX Wolfpack p/b ProBikeK 0:02:10
7Orion Racing p/b Borah Te 0:03:19
8Live Play Real Estate 0:04:46
9SDBC p/b Bonnici Law Grou 0:19:42
10Desjardins-Ford Cromwell 0:20:34
11Red Truck Racing p/b Mosa 0:23:39

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