Sunday, June 25, 2017

Women's Racing

Trixi Worrack Unleashes Masterful Ride to Claim AMGEN Tour of California Women's Championship

One More Chance to Cheer on Elite Women Cyclists at May 15 Invitational Time Trial at Big Bear Lake

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With the leaders separated by only seconds after two days of racing, the first 3-day, 3-stage Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM came to a thrilling conclusion with Velocio-SRAM's Trixi Worrack (GER) posting a powerful ride to claim the title of the UCI-sanctioned event as the first-ever Amgen Tour of California women's road race champion.

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Katie Hall Takes Victory and Yellow Jersey for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in Amgen Tour of California Opener

Late Attack by Hall Seals the Victory in South Lake Tahoe

Katie Hall and the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team won the opening stage of the Amgen Tour of California Women's Race, taking the leader's jersey in the process. The 75-mile road race took in over 5,300 feet of climbing on a hilly route through the Sierra Nevada mountains. With two Queen of the Mountain competitions available on the day, the racing started aggressively. A two-rider breakaway went clear early in the race and looked set to disrupt the proceeding, but the peloton slowly reeled the escapees in on the final 15-mile climb.

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Marianne Vos takes Friends Life Women's Tour overall victory

Marianne Vos cemented victory in the inaugural Friends Life Women's Tour by taking her third consecutive stage victory in Bury St Edmunds, out sprinting Giorgia Bronzini and Amy Pieters on Angel Hill.

The ensuing time bonuses ensured Vos finished 30 seconds clear of stage winners Emma Johansson and Rossella Ratto in second and third places, with the latter also claiming the Matrix Fitness Best Young Rider jersey for the highest placed Under-23 rider.

Italian duo Bronzini and Susanna Zorzi, who claimed the week's overall combativity award, were fourth and fifth overall, with Pieters just edging Lucy Garner and Hannah Barnes in sixth, seventh and eighth places.

Garner also took the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Best British Rider jersey, inheriting it on Sunday morning in Harwich after Lizzie Armitstead withdrew through illness and then defending it from Barnes in the final sprint, despite clipping the barriers in the final corners.

For the second day running Lotto Belisol Ladies' Emma Pooley was in the thick of the action, winning the Combativity Award for her constant attacking on the 108.3 kilometre stage through Tendring and Suffolk.

Loes Gunnewijk, Lauren Hall and Lisa Brennauer joined Pooley, but with no Rabo Liv rider in the font group they were brought back, setting up the final sprint finish of the week into Bury St Edmunds' Angel Hill, where packed crowds awaited.

For the third day running it was Vos who powered clear, our sprinting Bronzini, with Pieters and Barnes in close attendance behind.

Vos' consistent run of top three finishes and bonus points saw her claim the YodelDirect Points jersey, while Sharon Laws and Jolanda Neff's week long battle for the Strava Queen of the Mountains jersey ended in favour of the British rider, three points ahead of her Swiss counterpart.

Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies claimed the overall Team Classification, with American rider Hall their highest finisher in ninth overall.

Highlights of Stage Five are on ITV4 at 9pm on Sunday evening, with a repeat at 8.10am on Monday morning.

2014 Tour de France: Greg Henderson abandons after Stage 5 crash

After three days of racing in England, the Tour headed to France with a stage from Le Touquet to Lille. With only two short climbs of fourth category on the route the stage looked like an new opportunity for sprinters. The first stage on French soil didn’t go smoothly for Lotto Belisol, as three riders crashed. Greg Henderson was forced to abandon. He has to undergo minor surgery. Bak and De Clercq also hit the ground, but could continue the race. The break of the day consisted of Voeckler and Maté, who attacked soon after the start. With less than 30 kilometer to go Bart De Clercq, who was riding in first position, crashed at a roundabout. Behind him also teammates Lars Bak and Bart De Clercq crashed. Bak and De Clercq could continue, but Henderson stayed on the ground. The Tour is over for him. The team has lost an important member of the sprint train. Back to the race report: Voeckler couldn’t stay ahead of a chasing peloton. His companion Maté got reeled in earlier because of a mechanical defect. It was a sprint again, with Marcel Kittel who won. Kristoff and Démare got second and third respectively. André Greipel became sixth. Tomorrow it’s the cobblestone stage between Ypres and Arenberg. Team doctor Jan Mathieu: “Greg Henderson has a deep cut of twelve centimeters on his right knee. During a first check-up in the medical cabinet after the finish, the wound was stitched. Tonight Greg will go to the hospital of Herentals where he will undergo minor surgery by doctor Toon Claes. The knee will be drained to avoid the wound gets infected.” “Lars Bak hit his head and has abrasions on the right side of his body. After the finish he was a bit dizzy. Bart De Clercq also hit his right side: shoulder, hip and knee. Both riders could continue the race.”

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