Emma White claims US Pro Criterium title

Emma White (Rally UHC) claimed her first elite national championship title in the US Pro Criterium championships in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, topping Lily Williams (Hagens Berman-Supermint) and Kendall Ryan (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) with a long sprint.

Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) was fourth ahead of Sam Schneider (CWA Racing p/b Trek) and Chloe Dygert (Sho-Air Twenty20) in an aggressive, attack-filled race where no breakaway could stick.

White credited her Rally UHC team for controlling the race, covering every attack and even launching a few of their own. The critical point of the finale came in the final 500m, where three quick turns in succession and then a downhill sprint to the line turned the field sprint into a battle for that third-to-last turn.

White was expertly piloted to the perfect position by teammate Erica Allar, the 2017 champion, then held a gap of several bike lengths out of the final turn, then kept powering through until safely across the line before celebrating.

"It's every cyclists' worst nightmare is getting pipped at the line once you post up. I definitely wasn't taking any chances. When I came through the last corner alone, I kind of looked behind me but not taking any chances - there were some really strong women in that field. Anything can happen at that point so I needed to get across the line before I could celebrate," White said.

"The name of the game on this course is definitely to come into the last corner first because it's a downhill finish, and less than 200m to go. At that point, it's just go really hard," White explained, still beaming after taking both elite and U23 titles.

"My mom's here, so I was really happy that she was able to see that, and my team. I was so proud of my team and I wouldn't be able to do it without them. The first thing was I had to hug my mom and my teammates."

The Rally UHC squad suffered a terrible loss earlier this year with the death of last year's bronze medalist Kelly Catlin, and the victory was a visibly emotional moment for all of them.

"We all had a moment where the team was at the finish line sobbing," White said. "We know that [Kelly] is here with us tonight. It was an emotional win. The whole season has been emotional. This race in particular, we were thinking about her all day, we were thinking about her all week - she's very important to us and she will always be a very special part of the team. It's tough. We miss her a lot."

Hagens Berman-Supermint rode an agressive race, throwing down attacks for the entire 70-minute race. Willams lost her main lead-out, defending champion Leigh-Ann Ganzar, to a crash with just over four laps to go.

"Leigh Ann was an integral part of our plan today, unfortunately the crash happened at the worst possible time when the free laps were over. All sorts of stuff goes down, so you have to be ready for anything," Williams said, adding that just getting onto the podium was a good feeling.

"It feels really great - of course we'd love to win, but only one person can do that, so second or third is about as much as you can ask for otherwise."

The team put in a stellar performance, perhaps motivated by the looming gap in sponsorship as Hagens Berman prepares to pull out of pro cycling.

"Hagens Berman has been sponsoring the team for four years and they're moving their funds out of pro cycling. So yeah, unfortunately it's the reality of the situation. We're just making the best of it and enjoy the rest of the season and see what comes next."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women1:05:49
2Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint
3Kendall Ryan (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
4Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women
5Samantha Schneider (USA) CWA Racing p/b TREK0:00:01
6Chloe Dygert (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20
7Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
8Holly Breck (USA) Go Fast - Incycle /Go Fast0:00:02
9Tina Pic (USA) Colavita|Bialetti Racing0:00:03
10Kat Sweatt (USA) Specialized Wolfpack p/b Jakroo0:00:04
11Emma Bast (USA) Levine Law Group Elite Cycling
12Debbie Milne (USA) Supra Cycling Team0:00:05
13Shayna Powless (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20
14Janelle Cole (USA) Fast Chance Womens Cycling
15Madeline Bemis (USA) Milligan College
16Melanie Wong (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:00:06
17Samantha Quijano (USA) SquadraSF p/b Terun
18Clio Dinan (USA) Green Line Velo driven by Zipca
19Starla Teddergreen (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:00:07
20Regina Legge (USA) Gray Goat - Bullseye Total Medi
21Madison Kelly (USA) CWA Racing p/b TREK
22Laurel Rathbun (USA) Colavita|Bialetti Racing
23Jillian Bearden (USA) Trans National Womens Cycling T0:00:08
24Heidi Franz (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women0:00:09
25Ayesha Mcgowan (USA) Northern California/Nevada Cycl
26Grace Chappell (USA) Specialized Wolfpack p/b Jakroo0:00:10
27Lisa Cordova (USA) Levine Law Group Elite Cycling0:00:11
28Allie Legg (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY20
29Krystal Burnham (USA) Milligan College0:00:12
30Samantha Bosco (USA) SC Velo
31Margot Clyne (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:00:13
32Emily Newsom (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:14
33Melissa Teeple (USA)
34Brenna Wrye-simpson (USA) DNA Pro Cycling Team0:00:16
35Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:00:22
36Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
37Abigail Mickey (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women0:00:26
38Caitlin Milne (USA) Supra Cycling Team0:00:31
39Meredith Moran (USA) Green Line Velo driven by Zipca
40Julie Kuliecza (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint
41Gabrielle Russell (USA) Orion Racing p/b Borah Teamwear0:00:32
42Jennifer Luebke (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20
43Erica Clevenger (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20
44Jacqueline Mcclure (USA) CS Velo0:00:33
45Lindsay Goldman (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint
46Hayley Bates (USA) Levine Law Group Elite Cycling0:00:37
47Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:00:45
48Erica Carney (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:00:48
49Christina Gokey-smith (USA) Colavita|Bialetti Racing0:00:49
50Kathryn Aman (USA) Green Line Velo driven by Zipca0:00:50
51Whitney Allison (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:00:58
52Ashley Weaver (USA) LA Sweat0:01:16
53Summer Moak (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women0:01:17
DNFLeigh Ann Ganzar (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint
DNFKrista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women
DNFAshlyn Woods (USA) Levine Law Group Elite Cycling
DNFJennifer Hale (USA) Orion Racing p/b Borah Teamwear
DNFHeather Nielson (USA) Therapeutic Associates Pacific
DNFDanielle Clark (USA) UNKNOWN Racing Women/Dornier Ra
@3LapMaria Danker (USA) Hicks Orthodontics Womens Raci
@3LapJolene Holland-neve (USA) Colavita|Bialetti Racing


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