Philadelphia International Cycling Classic Preview (1.WWT)

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Two weeks after the first round of the UCI WWT in US soil, it is now turn for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The fourth edition of the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic will witness the ninth round of the UCI Women’s World Tour, and the third round of the newborn series outside European soil.

Philadelphia International Women’s Races cycling races have been held since 1994. Firstly the Liberty Classic was held annually from 1994 until 2012. In 2013, after some divergences between the organisation and local council the Liberty Classic was withdrawn, the actual format of Philadelphia International Cycling Classic was launched. Throughout the years Philadelphia International Women’s Races have been ranked in the various UCI WE categories (1.9.1, 1.1, 1.2, 1…) and was part of the former UCI Women Road World Cup for five years (1998-2001 and in 2015). If we take into account the previous editions of Liberty Classic, Germany holds the nation record with 13 victories, while Petra Rossner holds the individual record with 7 victories (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004).

On Sunday, June 5th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be again the center of women’s cycling holding the ninth round of the UCI WWT series. The iconic Manayunk Wall will be again the key segment of the race that will be live-streamed.

UCI WWT Race Schedule:

1. Strade Bianche, ITA – 05/03/16
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) 
2. Women’s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe,  NED – 12/03/16
Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio, ITA – 20/03/2016
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
4. Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, BEL – 27/03/16
Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
5. Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BEL – 03/04/16
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) 
6. La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, BEL – 20/04/15
 Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv)
7. Tour of Chongming Island, CHN – 06/05/16 to 08/05/16
Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)
8. Amgen Tour of California, USA – 19/05/16 to 22/05/16

Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)

9. Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, USA – 05/06/16
10. Aviva Womens Tour, GBR – 15/06/16 to 19/06/16
11. Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, ITA – 01/07/16 to 10/07/16
12. La Course by Le Tour de France, FRA – 24/07/16
13. Prudential Ride London, GBR – 30/07/15
14. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour, SWE – 19/08/16
15. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT, SWE – 21/08/16
16. GP de Plouay-Bretagne, FRA – 27/08/16

17. LA MADRID CHALLENGE By La Vuelta, ESP – 11/09/16

UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking

1 Megan Guarnier Boels Dolmans 504
2 Emma Johansson Wiggle High5 398
3 Elizabeth Armitstead Boels Dolmans 368
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

Programme 

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A total of 19 teams and 107 riders will participate in this edition of Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. Ane Santesteban (Alé Cipollini) will be our only Spanish representative at the ninth UCI WWT round.

Sunday, June 5th: Philadelphia – Philadelphia: 118.7km Local Time: 12.30pm to 15.30 pm approx (UTC-4)

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Identical race course to the previous editions of the race. The course will consist of six full laps to a 19.8-kilometre local circuit in Philadelphia. The race circuit includes three main climbs: Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion and Manayunk Wall. The 800-metre Manayunk Wall is the key climb of the course with an average gradient of 8% (maximum grade of 17%). The race will like end up with a final sprint atop Manayunk from a reduced group.

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Favourites & Outsiders

Imagen Imagen   Megan Guarnier,   Elisa Longo Borghini,  Evelyn Stevens
Imagen  Coryn Rivera,  Kristin Armstrong, [ESP] Ane Santesteban 

Imagen  Rosella Ratto,  Alena Amialuisik,  Małgorzata Jasińska,  Elena Cecchini
Imagen   Dani King,  Mara Abbott,  Lex Albrecht,  Lauren Stephens,  Brianna Walle

Betting area

Our favourite:  Megan Guarnier
Our outsider:   Dani King

Who to watch

15 top riders to watch

Participants

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Previous edition

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Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) won the previous edition of Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. On the finish line atop Manayunk Wall the British rider outsprinted Italian rider Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-Honda) and Belarusian rider Alena Amialiusik (Velocio SRAM).

Results

Highlights of 2015 Philadelphia International Cycling Classic (RWC)

Full women’s race

Live streaming 

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Twitter coverage

A few Twitter accounts and hashtags to follow the race (among others):

Facebook

Sources

Official website
PCS
UCI
WomenCyclingFever

Written by:
Diego Martín

 

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