Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Review (2.WWT)

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American national champion Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) has claimed overall Amgen Tour of California victory today in Sacramento. Her compatriot Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16) and her teammate Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) finished in second and third place respectively. Thus, it has been an all-American podium at the second edition of the Amgen Tour of California.

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The enchanting and iconic landscape of Lake Tahoe witnessed the first UCI WWT on American soil.

It is Megan Guarnier’s first UCI WWT victory, making it a six-out-of-seven-races record for Dutch team Boels Dolmans (as they did not attend to China for the seventh UCI WWT round). After her victory in California, Megan Guarnier is the new leader of the UCI WWT series (that have witnessed only three leaders Lizzie Armitstead and Chantal Blaak -Boels Dolmans- and Anna van der Breggen -Rabobank Liv-). Megan Guarnier won the sprint classification too.

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Australian rider Sarah Gillow (Rabobank Liv), British rider Sarah Storey (Podium Ambition) and American rider Mara Abbott (Wiggle High5) won the most courageous rider jerseys at the three road stages. Junior World Road and World Team Pursuit champion Chloe Dygert (Twenty16) claimed young classification victory, while delivering a historic performance. Dygert won her first UCI WWT stage (along with her Twenty16 teammates) in her first presence in the UCI WWT series as well as finishing on the top 10 at the demanding third stage.

Santa Rosa, California witnessed the first UCI WWT stage win of Dutch rider Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv), who finished fourth overall at the Californian stage race. A clear sign that the greatest cyclist is back on track in this Olympic year. American rider Mara Abbott (Wiggle High5), who rode aggressively specially at the third stage, won the mountains classification.

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Historic performance from American team Twenty16, winning not only the TTT (second stage) but also the young rider classification with the promising rider Chloe Dygert. Moreover they finished in second, fifth and sixth position overall with Kristin Armstrong, Leah Thomas and Chloe Dygert respectively.

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Stage 1

American Road champion Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) won the first stage of the Amgen Women’s Tour of California. Swedish rider Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) finished second while American rider Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16) completed the podium.

It was tough stage for most of the riders as it was a high altitude race course. British and Paralympic Hour Record holder Sarah Storey (Podium Ambition) won the most courageous classification, after an incredible and demanding solo breakaway during the first stage of the race. Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) attacked on the final climb to the finish line, in a set up move for her teammate Megan. Johansson reacted well to Stevens attack but could not hold Megan Guarnier’s wheel once she launched her final attack.

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Stage 2

The second stage of the race, which was held in Folsom, was a decisive team time trial on road bikes. American team Twenty16 claimed the victory after an impressive performance. They defeated Dutch team Boels Dolmans by 6 seconds and American team United Healthcare by 25 seconds.

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Stage 3

After the decisive TTT some teams such as Wiggle High5 or Rabobank Liv needed to race aggressively in order to have some chances of contending the overall classification. Despite a solo breakaway by Mara Abbott and an eight-rider chasing group after the second QOM, the stage end up with a bunch sprint that was won by Dutch rider Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv). American rider Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) and Swedish rider Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) finished in second and third place respectively.

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Stage 4

The final stage-criterium of the Amgen Tour of California was won by Dutch rider Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products). German rider Lisa Brennauer (Canyon SRAM) and Dutch rider Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv) finished in second and third place respectively.

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Next UCI WWT race is in two weeks time on Sunday June 5th, 2016, as the Women’s World Tour Philadelphia International Cycling Classic will be held in Philadelphia, USA. The UCI WWT rankings remain as follows:

UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking

1
 
Megan Guarnier
Boels Dolmans
504
2
 
Emma Johansson
Wiggle High5
398
3
 
Elizabeth Armitstead
Boels Dolmans
368
4
Chantal Blaak
Boels Dolmans
349
5
Anna van der Breggen
Rabobank Liv
300
6
Katarzyna Niewiadoma
Rabobank Liv
235
7
Leah Kirchmann
Liv Plantur
235
8
Annemiek van Vleuten
Orica-AIS
209
9
Elisa Longo Borghini
Wiggle High5
202
10
Evelyn Stevens
Boels Dolmans
201
11
Chloe Hosking
Wiggle High5
169
12
Marianne Vos
Rabobank Liv
157
13
TAI
Ting Ying Huang
Chinese Taipei
156
14
Jolanda Neff
Serveto-Footon
144
15
Alena Amialiusik
Canyon SRAM
140
42 [ESP] 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

1 Boels Dolmans 1564
2 Wiggle High5 954
3 Rabobank Liv 860

Highlights Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race (2.WWT)

Another full set of highlights at UCI
Another full set of highlights at Voxwomen

 

Results 

Sources
PCS
UCI
Voxwomen
AmgenToC
Pictures: Streaming

Written by:
Diego Martín

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