Women’s Race Champion Will Be Decided in Sacramento Tomorrow Where Men’s Amgen Tour of California Kicks Off Weeklong Race
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 13, 2017) – Team Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif.) led a fast and furious group sprint over the finish line to claim Stage 3 of the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease™ Women’s Race empowered with SRAM as it streamed into the Sacramento area today.
“The girls were perfect. There was some chaos on the side, but we just stuck to the plan, and we executed perfectly, and I couldn’t have pulled it off without them,” said Rivera.
With the final day of racing on tap in downtown Sacramento tomorrow, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling’s Katie Hall (Saratoga, Calif.) retains the overall race lead with one second separating her from Boels-Dolmans’ 2016 Olympic Games road race gold medalist Anna van der Breggen (NED). Her teammate and last year’s race champion Megan Guarnier (San Mateo, Calif.) heads into tomorrow in third place overall, 29 seconds off the lead.
Hall, who likely locked up the Queen of the Mountain category win today, says of her one-second lead: “Better than no seconds!... It really is an honor to be wearing the yellow [Amgen Race Leader] jersey for the women in my home state.” Of her team’s chances tomorrow: “We do love the stage – we’ve been here a couple of times. We’re excited to fight tomorrow.”
24-year old Cuban cyclist Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women's Team) took over the Visit California Sprint Jersey as well as the TAG Heuer Best Young Rider Jersey with her second-place finish today. Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s sprinter Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) rounded out the podium in third place for the stage.
Earlier in the day, a breakaway including Mexican champion Ingrid Drexel (Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank), Rally Cycling’s Erica Allar (Fogelsville, Penn.) and Hagens Berman | Supermint’s Scotti Lechuga (High Point, NC) brought their lead over the peloton to one minute.
Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling’s Mandy Heintz (San Antonio, Texas) rode aggressively throughout the day, including a stint in a solo breakaway after an attack with 13 miles to go that she nurtured to a 35-second lead. Her ride earned her the Breakaway from Cancer® / Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTMMost Courageous Rider Jersey
Presented by Lexus, Stage 3 brought the riders 73.3 miles from first-time Host City Elk Grove to Sacramento, where the race champion will be decided tomorrow after 20 blazing fast circuit laps around the State Capitol Building.
Stage 4 of the women’s race runs 12:30-2:10 p.m. tomorrow in downtown Sacramento. Fans are in for a whole day of pro cycling action, as the men’s week-long Amgen Tour of California race begins at the same location, rolling off at 12:25 a.m. and finishing the day at 3:30 p.m.
Breakaway from Heart Disease™
To leverage its sponsorship of the race, Amgen’s newest initiative -- Breakaway from Heart Disease™ -- encourages Americans to be aware of their risk of heart disease through cholesterol and blood pressure screening at the Lifestyle Festival, courtesy of the American Heart Association. Amgen is proud to encourage Americans to take charge of their risk of heart disease by offering educational information at each Lifestyle Festival throughout the tour as well as providing activities to help everyone feel empowered to take action for good heart health. To learn more, visit www.breakawayfromheartdisease.com, or visit the Breakaway from Heart Disease™ booth at the Lifestyle Festival.
About the Amgen Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California's iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions, and awards important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.
The first-ever U.S. UCI WorldTour course will cover more than 583 miles through 12 Host Cities May 14-20, including Sacramento, Modesto, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, Big Bear Lake, Mountain High and Pasadena. The Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women's Race empowered with SRAM May 11-14 will cover 256.6 miles through South Lake Tahoe, Elk Grove and Sacramento, concluding as the men’s race gets underway.
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