10 May Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race Preview (2.WWT)
After the sprinters opportunity in Chongming Island, it is now turn for California, USA. The third edition of Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race will witness the tenth round of the 2017 UCI Women’s World Tour, and both the second stage race and the second round outside European soil. Live tracking will be available and video highlights will be available on a daily basis.
Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s cycling races have been held since 2008. Firstly a criterium one-day race was held under national ranking, which was later replaced in 2011 for an individual time trial, held as well under national ranking with the only exception of the 2015 edition. It was also in 2015 the first time that the Amgen Women’s Stage Race was held. American rider Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) and German Trixi Worrack (Canyon SRAM), the previous winners of the race, will participate in the third edition of Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race.
From Thursday, 11 May until Sunday, 14 May
Stage 1 : South Lake Tahoe-South Lake Tahoe 117km Local Time: 10:40 until 13:50 approx (UTC -7)
Same stage course as the first stage of the previous edition of the race. A full clockwise loop around Lake Tahoe will once again kick-start the four-day Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race. It will a very tough stage (with just under 1,400 meters of cumulative elevation), mainly due to its high-altitude stage course (persistently above 1,900 meters above sea level). The course will include an intermediate sprint and two QOM climbs, the first one with roughly 100 kilometres to go while the second one will the final climb to the finish line at South Lake Tahoe. Similarly to the previous edition of the race, we expect a big group facing the final 1.7-kilometre climb (at an average 6% gradient).
Our favourite: Megan Guarnier Our outsider: Dani King
Stage 2: South Lake Tahoe-South Lake Tahoe 108km Local Time: 10:25 until 13:45 approx (UTC -7)
The Queen stage of the 2017 edition of the race. Once again the second stage of the race will likely mark the biggest differences among the GC contenders. The women’s international peloton will face a new hilly race course including an intermediate sprint and three QOM climbs. The main difficulty of the race will be Daggett Summit, a 12.6-kilometre climb at an average 6.1% gradient, with only ten kilometres to the finish line atop South Lake Tahoe, featuring the same finale as in the first stage.
Our favourite: Anna van der Breggen Our outsider: Katie Hall
Stage 3: Elk Grove–Sacramento 118km Local Time: 10:35 until 13:15 approx (UTC -7)
After two high-altitude hilly stages, sprinters will face their first opportunity of the race in the third stage. Starting in Elk Grove, making its first time-host, riders will have to cover a 118-kilometre course ending in Sacramento. A extremely flat race course will that likely end up with a bunch sprint.
Our favourite: Kirsten Wild Our outsider: Lizzie Williams
Stage 4: Sacramento–Sacramento 70km Local Time: 12:30 until 14:05 approx (UTC -7)
As in the previous edition of the race, Sacramento will witness the final stage of Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race. Riders will have to cover 20 laps to the local Capitol Circuit totalling 70 kilometres. Similarly to the previous stage of the race anything but a bunch sprint will came as a surprising finale.
Our favourite: Giorgia Bronzini Our outsider: Emma White
Favourites & Outsiders*
Our favourite: Anna van der Breggen
Our outsider: Lauren Stephens
Who to follow
15 riders to watch in California
American national champion Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) claimed overall Amgen Tour of California victory last year in Sacramento. Her compatriot Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16) and her teammate Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) finished in second and third place respectively. Thus, it was an all-American podium at the second stage race edition of the Amgen Tour of California.
How to follow the race
Once again Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race won’t be TV streamed live. However the race could be followed via live Tour Tracker and a comprehensive set of post race highlights will be available every night.
Post race highlights
- Thursday, 11 May, stage 1 9:00 p.m. (UTC-7) on NBCSN, YouTube, web, and app.
- Friday, 12 May, stage 2 9:00 p.m. (UTC-7) on NBCSN, YouTube, web, and App
- Saturday, 13 May, stage 3 9:00 p.m. (UTC-7) on NBCSN, YouTube, web, and App
- Sunday, 14 May, stage 4 9:00 p.m. (UTC-7) on NBCSN, YouTube, web, and App
Thursday, 25 May, Amgen Women’s Race Highlights from 10:00 pm until 11:30 pm (UTC-7) on NBCSN.
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
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