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Tyler Williams wins Redlands Classic criterium stage

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Tyler Williams takes the win

Tyler Williams takes the win (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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Many teams tried to establish a break, none succeeded.

Many teams tried to establish a break, none succeeded. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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This was the sight for most of the day, L39ION of Los Angeles single file on the front, stringing the field out for 30 or 40 seconds behind.

This was the sight for most of the day, L39ION of Los Angeles single file on the front, stringing the field out for 30 or 40 seconds behind. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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A rider from Team Skyline and Ian Williams (Expeditors Elite Cycling Team) went off the front mid race looking for a prime.

A rider from Team Skyline and Ian Williams (Expeditors Elite Cycling Team) went off the front mid race looking for a prime. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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Eder Frayre (L39ION of Los Angeles) spent much of the second half of the race on the front keeping the pace high.

Eder Frayre (L39ION of Los Angeles) spent much of the second half of the race on the front keeping the pace high. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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A rider from Team Mike's Bikes pb Equator Coffees made a last ditch effort to win solo.

A rider from Team Mike's Bikes pb Equator Coffees made a last ditch effort to win solo. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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The L39ION Train did not let anyone else see the front for the last two laps.

The L39ION Train did not let anyone else see the front for the last two laps. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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Men's Criterium Podium: Tyler Williams (L39ION of Los Angeles) 1st, Alec Cowan (L39ION of Los Angeles) 2nd , Hugo Scala Jr (Project Echelon Racing) 3rd.

Men's Criterium Podium: Tyler Williams (L39ION of Los Angeles) 1st, Alec Cowan (L39ION of Los Angeles) 2nd , Hugo Scala Jr (Project Echelon Racing) 3rd. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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Men's Classification Jersey after 4 stages: Drake Deuel (Team California) in White, Xander White (CS Velo) in Yellow, and Chris Riekert (Team Mikes Bikes pb Equator Coffees) in Green

Men's Classification Jersey after 4 stages: Drake Deuel (Team California) in White, Xander White (CS Velo) in Yellow, and Chris Riekert (Team Mikes Bikes pb Equator Coffees) in Green (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)

Tyler Williams and Alec Cowan continued the L39ION of Los Angeles' team dominance in criteriums, delivering a 1-2 finish for the team in the Redlands Classic stage 4. Hugo Scala Jr. (Project Echelon) was third.

Xander White (CS Velo) held on to keep his slim race lead in the overall classification.
 
"The race was really a perfect ride by the whole team," Tyler Williams said. "It was a huge team effort – for them to deliver me to the line like that. With Alec (Cowan) almost winning the race, I just pipped him at the line. It was perfect. We kept it safe. Tomorrow we have big ambition, obviously different execution, but hopefully, it's just the same great team effort."

White, who has a seven second advantage over Tyler Stites (Project Echelon) and Eric Brunner (Blue Competition Cycles) the next best at 51 seconds, the race will come down to the demanding, hilly Sunset Circuit before the finish in downtown Redlands.
 
"That was my first experience of an American crit," White said. "It definitely lived up to everything I've been told. It was pretty sketchy and tight on all the corners. L39ion rode a great race, they controlled from the start. We've got seven seconds on GC going into tomorrow. It's not ideal, but we've got the team to ride tomorrow. The last stage suits me way more than today, so I'm happy to get through today with the yellow jersey. Bring it on."

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