Ratto wins Winston-Salem Classic

Rossella Ratto (Cylance Pro Cycling) soloed to the win Monday at the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, the 10th event of USA Cycling's 2016 Pro Road Tour.

Ratto gave Cylance its first UCI victory of the season thanks to a well-timed and tenacious attack. The 22-year-old blasted away from a reduced peloton on the final lap, and soloed to the victory with plenty of room to celebrate ahead of a small group sprinting behind her. Cylance teammate Valentina Scandolara won the dash for second place over Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare).

Just as in the US Pro road races two days earlier, the short, undulating, and technical circuit in the center of Winston-Salem proved to be a race of attrition. The field was whittled down by the halfway point to a front group of under 30 riders, with only two dozen making the front group as they rolled through the line with one lap to go. Ratto was well positioned near the front, and made her move with just over 10km to go, quickly opening up a half minute gap.

UnitedHealthcare put in a big effort to bring Ratto bank for Rivera, with Rally Cycling was also pitching in for their sprinter Erica Allar. Their effort was not enough to reel in the feisty Ratto, who was the bronze medalist at the World Championships in 2013.

"We planned to do a hard race, and I had my teammates working for me, setting a good pace on every climb," Ratto said. "We took two laps to go very fast, and I saw the peloton was splitting. And then I saw they were sitting up - and I thought it was the right time because they were tired and I still have some energy. I believed in what I was doing, and I wanted to thank my team as much as possible, so I continued hard in the last kilometer."

"The course was hard, but it depends on the way you approach it. Today we kept a really high speed all race long, and with the heat it was even harder. But there a lot of places where the peloton can get back together. It's a matter of continuing to survive, and keeping going, and picking the right moment to go like I did."

The victory is Ratto's first since winning the Giro dell'Emilia in 2014.


Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling2:38:49
2Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:11
3Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Heather Fischer (USA) Rally CyclingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 4 - Cell 2
6Alison Jackson (USA) Twenty16 - RidebikerRow 5 - Cell 2
7Tayler Wiles (USA) Happy Tooth Dental Pro CyclingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley BankRow 7 - Cell 2
9Scotti Lechuga (USA) Hagens Berman / SupermintRow 8 - Cell 2
10Lex Albrecht (Can) BepinkRow 9 - Cell 2
11Leah Thomas (USA) Twenty16 - RideBiker0:00:12
12Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (USA) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:00:20
14Mandy Heintz (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro CyclingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jessica Corrin Prinner (USA) Rally CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Janelle Cole (USA) Twenty16 - RidebikerRow 15 - Cell 2
17Emma Grant (GBr) Colavita/BianchiRow 16 - Cell 2
18Samantha Schneider (USA) IS Corp p/b Smart Choice MRI0:00:21
19Nina Marie Laughlin (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro CyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Irene Ossala (USA) Fearless Femme Racing0:00:26
21Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:27
22Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana Women's TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Amber Neben (USA) Bepink0:00:29
24Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty16 - RideBiker0:00:32
25Erica Allar (USA) Rally Cycling0:00:39
26Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Mex) Astana Women's Team0:00:42
27Jessenia Meneses (Col) Weber Shimano Ladies PowerRow 26 - Cell 2
28Megan Alderete (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team0:00:47
29Lindsay Bayer (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink0:01:04
31Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:01:15
32Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:01:17
33Lauren Hall (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:01:26
34Tina Pic (USA) Happy Tooth Dental Pro Cycling0:04:56
35Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BepinkRow 34 - Cell 2
36Diana Peñuela (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Kimberley Wells (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi0:04:57
39Kathryn Buss (USA) Orthocarolina Winston)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:05:10
41Jessica Mundy (Aus )Fearless Femme Racing0:08:28
42Debbie Milne (USA) Stradelli Papa John'sRow 41 - Cell 2
43Hanna Muegge (Ger) Fearless Femme Racing0:11:11
44Adriana Luz Tovar (Col) Colombian National Team0:11:12
45Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Katherine Elisabeth Previley (Arg) Weber Shimano Ladies PowerRow 46 - Cell 2
48Emma White (USA) Rally CyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Cassandra Maximenko (USA) Velo Classic p/b Stan's Notubes0:11:45
50Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink0:11:46
51Lorena Vargas (Col) Colombian National TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Breanne Nalder (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:11:56
53Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team0:11:57
54Yussely Mendivil Soto (Mex) IS Corp p/b Smart Choice MRIRow 53 - Cell 2
55Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Colavita/BianchiRow 54 - Cell 2
56Kristen Lassaso (USA) Stradelli Papa John's0:12:00
57Holly Breck (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:12:06
58Jessica Uebelhart (Sui) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Alexandra Burton (USA) Happy Tooth Dental Pro CyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Maria Fadiga (Arg) Weber Shimano Ladies PowerRow 59 - Cell 2
61Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team0:12:11
62Allison Arensman (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:12:23
DNFHannah Arensman (USA) Stradelli Papa John'sRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFJustine Clift (Can) Orthocarolina WinstonRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFNatalia Franco (Col) Colombian National TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFKatherine Shields (USA) Orthocarolina WinstonRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFErica Zaveta (USA) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFManuela Escobar (Col) Colombian National TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFMadison Kelly (USA) Stradelli Papa John'sRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFClio Dinan (USA) Velo Classic p/b Stan's NotubesRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFKathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 70 - Cell 2
DNFAbigail Mickey (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFKathryn Donovan (USA) Colavita/BianchiRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFRocio Parrado Guarnizo (Col) Weber Shimano Ladies PowerRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFAmanda Miller (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro CyclingRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFKendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFSkylar Schneider (USA) IS Corp p/b Smart Choice MRIRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFLauren Tamayo (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFEmma Grant (GBr) Colavita/BianchiRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFHannah Ross (USA) Rally CyclingRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFLenore Pipes (Gum) BepinkRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFBeth Ann Orton (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro CyclingRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFLaura Jorgensen (USA) Happy Tooth Dental Pro CyclingRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFKatherine Sherwin (USA) Happy Tooth Dental Pro CyclingRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFPayten Maness (USA) IS Corp p/b Smart Choice MRIRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFLuciene Ferreira Da Silva (Bra) Weber Shimano Ladies PowerRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFNatalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFJessica Parra (Col) Colombian National TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFLucy Bechtel (Aus) Fearless Femme RacingRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFJosie Talbot (Aus) IS Corp p/b Smart Choice MRIRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFSophie De Boer (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFJulie Kuliecza (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFChristina Gokey Smith (USA) Happy Tooth Dental Pro CyclingRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Knauer (Ger) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFLexie Millard (USA) IS Corp p/b Smart Choice MRIRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFCynthia Frazier (USA) Velo Classic p/b Stan's NotubesRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFWhitney Allison (USA) Colavita/BianchiRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFAna Sanabria Cristina (Col) Colombian National TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFArden Stelly (USA) Orthocarolina WinstonRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFTate Devlin (USA) Velo Classic p/b Stan's NotubesRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFKristen Arnold (USA) Velo Classic p/b Stan's NotubesRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFKendelle Hodges (AUS) Fearless Femme RacingRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFElle Anderson (USA) Rally CyclingRow 102 - Cell 2
DNSSara Tussey (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro CyclingRow 103 - Cell 2
DNSAmy Floyd (USA) Orthocarolina WinstonRow 104 - Cell 2
DNSBrittlee Bowman (USA) Velo Classic p/b Stan's NotubesRow 105 - Cell 2


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