Powers claims second US title in thrilling road race finale

Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare) sealed her second national championship title of the USA Cycling Professional National Championships, adding a road race victory to her emphatic time trial win in a thrilling finale in Chattanooga.

Powers made a late-race attack on the final short circuits and soloed away from the leading group to win with a 15-second margin over chasers Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) and Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon).

Powers now holds all three USA titles, with her 2013 criterium national championship defense coming in August.

The professional and Cat 1/2 women raced for 104km that included three short starting circuits, two longer loops over Lookout Mountain, and another three final circuits that were 8.6km apiece, and included a short climb over Kent Street.

Rachel Byus (FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore) kicked off the day with an attack at the end of the first starting circuit. Her teammate Mia Loquai countered that move but was followed by Amber Gaffney (Twenty16 Pro Cycling). The pair gained a minute with two short circuits to go.

They gained another minute as they entered the first of two long laps. Heading into the base of the Lookout Mountain, and with a strong field of climbers behind them, Gaffney pedalled away from Loquai and tried to get over the top before being caught.

Race favorites amassed at the front of the field with Stevens, Mara Abbott (UnitedHealthcare) and Andrea Dvorak (Tibco-To The Top) among them. They pulled back 30 seconds to Gaffney half way up the climb and caught her before the start of the tricky descent.

The main field dwindled to about 20 riders as they reached the downtown portion of the circuit and climbed over the new Kent Street hill for the first time. Powers made her first attack on the other side of the hill, through a technical corner, perhaps as a practice run before the final short circuits.

She opened a small gap and was followed by Janel Holcomb (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies). Stevens bridged across to the pair and the breakaway looked like it could have been a decisive one, however, the main field of roughly 17 riders worked hard to catch them before the start of the second and last climb over Lookout Mountain.

Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) attacked on the climb and got a small gap ahead of a large chase group that included her teammates Powers and Abbott along with Lauren Hall, Janel Holcomb and defending champion Jade Wilcoxson (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Stevens, Tayler Wiles and Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon), E. Scotti Wilborne and Krista Doebel-Hickok (Tibco), Abigail Mickey and Lauren Komanski (Twenty16 Pro Cycling) and Guarnier.

Wiles, who won the Redlands Bicycle Classic earlier this season and placed fourth in the time trial championships, put her strength to the test to try and catch Hall, taking pressure off her Specialized-lululemon teammates.

Hall started the three short finishing circuits with a minute advantage and Wiles joined her before the start of the second circuit. Their gap held for most of that lap, however, Powers, Hall, Stevens and Guarnier bridged across just before they reached the Kent Street climb.

Powers immediately attacked on the descent off of the climb and gained a small lead as she rounded the final lap. She held a 10-second gap on chasers Stevens and Gaurnier on the final climb over Kent Street but increased her lead to 15 seconds as she approached the finish line in downtown Chattanooga.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alison Powers (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team2:55:25
2Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:22
3Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:00:25
4Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:01:11
5Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team0:02:20
6Lauren Hall (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:35
7Lauren Komanski (USA) Twenty160:02:57
8Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:04:06
9Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:04:07
10Scotti Wilborne (USA) Team TIBCO - To The Top0:04:10
11Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (USA) Team TIBCO - To The Top0:04:11
12Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team
13Kathryn Donovan (USA) Twenty160:07:18
14Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:07:39
15Breanne Nalder (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K40:08:17
16Jessica Prinner (USA) Colavita-Fine Cooking0:11:00
17Amanda Miller (USA) Team TIBCO - To The Top
18Mandy Heintz (Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing)
19Ally Stacher (USA) Specialized-lululemon
20Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Twenty16
21Mary Zider (USA) Colavita-Fine Cooking
22Amy Charity (USA) Vanderkitten
23Brianna Walle (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
24Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty16
25Jessica Cutler (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore
26Anna Sanders (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore
27Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
28Alison Tetrick (USA) Twenty16
DNFAmber Gaffney (USA) TWENTY16
DNFKristin Mcgrath (USA) TWENTY16
DNFAbigail Mickey (USA) TWENTY16
DNFGreta Neimanas (USA) TWENTY16
DNFAndrea Dvorak (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top
DNFSara Headley (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top
DNFKendall Ryan (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top
DNFSamantha Schneider (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top
DNFJessica Cerra (USA) SPY GIANT RIDE p/b MRI
DNFJennifer Whalen (USA) SPY GIANT RIDE p/b MRI
DNFWhitney Schultz (USA) Colavita-Fine Cooking
DNFKailin Acheson (USA) Team Belladium
DNFCali Ewing (USA) Team Belladium
DNFRachel Byus (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore
DNFAmy Cutler (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore
DNFMia Loquai (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore
DNFMelinda Spratt (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore
DNFErica Zaveta (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore
DNFAlexis Zink (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore
DNFLauren De Crescenzo (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K4
DNFHeather Fischer (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K4
DNFAnne Perry (USA) DNA Cycling p/b K4
DNFIrena Ossola (USA) Cloud Racing p/b Ride2Recovery
DNFJacqueline Parker (USA) Cloud Racing p/b Ride2Recovery
DNFStarla Teddergreen (USA) Cloud Racing p/b Ride2Recovery
DNFDebbie Milne (USA) Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team p/b GCB
DNFDanielle Bradley (USA) Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing
DNFLindsay Fox (USA) Jobing.com Women's Racing
DNFChelsea Factor (USA) Pioneer Mortgage pb Yourkey.com
DNFKatherine Reinhart (USA) Puget Sound Cycling Club
DNFAllison Arensman (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team
DNFNina Laughlin (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team
DNFCinthia Lehner (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team
DNFCaroline Moakley (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team
DNFArden Stelly (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team
DNFStephanie Rynas (USA) Taco Mamacita
DNFChristy Keely (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling
DNFAmy Phillips (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling
DNFGinger Snell (USA) Velo Sports Group
DNFRaquel Miller (USA) Zimmer Capital p/b Foundation
DNFRebecca Clark (USA)
DNFJessica Chong (USA)
DNFAnna Zivarts (USA) Mellow Mushroom Racing
DNSJennifer Schuble (USA) East Point Track Club
DNSAllison Atkinson (USA) Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing

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