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USA Cycling Professional Road Championships 2014: Women's Road Race


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69km remaining from 104km

Amber Gaffney (Twenty 16 Pro Cycling) started the climb with nearly two minutes ahead of the main field. 

Gaffney has now bee reabsorbed into the peloton led by a series of strong climbers that include Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon), Mara Abbott (UnitedHealthcare) and Andrea Dvorak (Tibco-To The Top).

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There are several groups on the road after the climb over Lookout Mountain and the descent. 

The descent suits a rider like UnitedHealthcare's Alison Powers who won the time trial title on Saturday. She was a competitive downhill skier and can get down a tricky descent quicker than most.

There was a lead group of riders off the front of the main field that escaped over the top of the climb. The field is back together now but there are only about 20 riders left. 

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Alison Powers has attacked the field on the descent off of Kent Street. She has a small gap and is followed by Janel Holcomb (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies).

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The trio are holding a 15-second gap ahead of a roughly 17-rider main field.

The breakaway is about to start the second climb over Lookout Mountain.

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The main field of roughly 17 riders has started the second climb over Lookout Mountain.

There are Queen of the Mountain points available at the top of the climb. 

Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) has attacked on Lookout Mountain and has a small gap on a series of climbers just behind.

Hall has gained an additional 15 seconds and is now leading the race by 30 seconds as she heads over the top of Lookout Mountain.

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Another rider who has a strong chance of winning the race today is Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon), who is also sitting comfortably in the main field.

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There are multiple attacks coming out of the group behind Hall.

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Wiles has attacked the chase group and is in pursuit of Hall.

Wiles won the Redlands Bicycle Classic and is a very strong time trialist. She placed fourth in the time trial championships on Saturday.


Hall is holding a gap of 1:15 minutes on the main field. Wiles is gaining ground on Hall, she is now 50 seconds behind. 

Hall is passing through the finish line area with three short laps to go.

Back in the main group, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies riders Jade Wilcoxson, Janel Holcomb and Lauren Hall led the chase to try and catch Hall and Wiles.

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The chasers include:

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Wiles has put in two strong attacks but she is not able to ride Hall from her wheel.

Janel Holcomb (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) is working on the front of the chase group.

Wiles attacks again, for the third time, at the base of the Kent Street climb. Hall is working so hard to respond to these attacks but she is sticking to the Specialized-lululemon rider's wheel.

Wiles and Hall are holding a 1:05-minute gap with one short circuit to go.

There have been several attacks from the chase group and it is starting to split up behind the two leaders. 

A chase group of four have caught Wiles and Hall. They were Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare), Lauren Hall (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon) and Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans).

Powers has attacked the lead group and is solo.

Powers is working hard to hold a 15-second lead.

Powers is going for a history-making result today. If she wins today she will be the first rider to win the national criterium, time trial and road race in a season.

Powers is on the Kent Street climb.

She is heading over the climb and down the descent toward the finish line.

Powers has a 10-second gap ahead of chasers Stevens and Gaurnier.

Powers is heading over the bridge and her gap has dropped slightly, down to eight seconds.

Powers is in the final two kilometers of the race and is holding her gap of 10 seconds.

The two chasers are not working together. Stevens, who did much of the initial work is now attacking Gaurnier.

Powers is increasing her gap to 15 seconds and she has 500 meters to go.

And Alison Powers of UnitedHealthcare is on her way to winning the road race title.

Megan Guarnier has secured the silver medal and Stevens took third place.

Powers is the current US criterium, time trial and road race champion.

Here are the top three in the USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championships, women's race:

Powers not only won the race today but she also won a new Volkswagen GTI!

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