American road national champion Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) forwarded momentum winning her second UCI WWT round won at Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. Italian rider Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) finished second while Belarusian rider Alena Amialiusik (Canyon SRAM) completed the podium.
It is Megan Guarnier’s second UCI WWT round in-a-row, making it a seven-out-of-eight-races record for Dutch team Boels Dolmans (as they did not attend to China for the seventh UCI WWT round). After her victory in Pennsylvania, Megan Guarnier increases her lead on the UCI WWT ranking, siting now 226 points ahead of Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) and 256 points ahead of her teammate Elizabeth Armitstead.
Italian rider Anna Trevisi (Alé Cipollini), American rider Lauren Stephens (Tibco SVB) and Mieke Kröger (Canyon-SRAM) formed the earlier breakaway of the race. American rider Mara Abbott (Wiggle High5) bridged across them after the first Manayunk climb, while Kröger could not keep their pace. Stephens and Abbott had a very intense fight for the QOM points, alternating positions at Lemon Hill and Manayunk, while Trevisi struggled and fell off pace. The breakaway was finally caught at fourth climb to Manayunk.
Once the field was back together, several riders tried to break away but none of the varios attempt last longly. It was on the final lap when American rider Allie Dragoo (Twenty16) made a solo attack and got some advantage over the peloton. Dragoo was caught by a group of riders, but they did not collaborate well and the field was again together. Jessica Parra (Colombia) and Amber Neben (Bepink) tried to break away a few kilometres away from the final Manayunk climb. Their attempt did not succeed as Tibco SVB, United Healthcare and Canyon-SRAM set up a high pace for the lead in to Manayunk.
On the final Manayunk climb Canadian rider Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans) did an amazing lead-out effort for her teammate Megan, who won her second UCI WWT at Pennsylvania.
American rider Mara Abbott (Wiggle High5), who rode aggressively again, won both the sprints and QOM classification. While Dutch rider Chanella Stougje (Parkhotel Valkenburg) was the best young rider at the ninth UCI WWT race.
Next UCI WWT race is in ten days time on Wednesday June 15th, 2016, as the Women’s World Tour Aviva Women’s Tour will be held in Great Britain. The UCI WWT rankings remain as follows:
UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking
|1||Megan Guarnier||Boels Dolmans||624|
|2||Emma Johansson||Wiggle High5||398|
|3||Elizabeth Armitstead||Boels Dolmans||368|
|4||Chantal Blaak||Boels Dolmans||349|
|5||Elisa Longo Borghini||Wiggle High5||302|
|6||Anna van der Breggen||Rabobank Liv||300|
|7||Evelyn Stevens||Boels Dolmans||271|
|8||Katarzyna Niewiadoma||Rabobank Liv||235|
|9||Leah Kirchmann||Liv Plantur||235|
|10||Alena Amialiusik||Canyon SRAM||225|
|11||Annemiek van Vleuten||Orica-AIS||209|
|12||Chloe Hosking||Wiggle High5||169|
|13||Marianne Vos||Rabobank Liv||157|
|14||Ting Ying Huang||Chinese Taipei||156|
|45||Sheyla Gutiérrez||Cylance Pro Cycling||40|
UCI Women’s WorldTour Youth Ranking
|1||Katarzyna Niewiadoma||Rabobank Liv||24|
|2||Floortje Mackaij||Liv Plantur||12|
|3||Jip van den Bos||Parkhotel Valkenburg||10|
Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking
Highlights Philadelphia International Cycling Classic (1.WWT)