Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Preview (WE 1.1)

After Winston-Salem Cycling Criterium, where American rider Samantha Schneider (ISCorp Cycling p/b Smart Choice MRI) claimed the victory being the fastest in the reduced group sprint, it is now turn for the UCI WE 1.1 ranked one day race of the Winston-Salem Cycling Festival, Winston-Salem Cycling Classic.

On Monday the fourth edition of Winston-Salem Cycling Classic will be held. The US one day race has step up this season, receiving UCI WE 1.1 status, the previous editions were held under WE 1.2 category. Previous winner, Italian rider Rossella Ratto (Cylance), won’t participate in the race. Thus, Winston Salem will witness a new champion as neither Alena Belarusian Alena Amialiusik and American Shelley Olds will participate in the race.

Parcours

Monday, 29 May 2017, local time from 10:15 to 13:00 pm approx (UTC-4)

Route 109.4km: Winston-Salem – Winston-Salem

local circuit

Different race course as in the previous edition of the race but with similar characteristics. Riders will have to cover eight laps to a 13.7-kilometre local circuit in Winston-Salem. Similarly to the previous editions of the race we expect a reduced group battling for the victory, with the final QOM, with only 2 kilometres to go, as a key point. The final 600 meters are downhill at an average gradient of 4.5%.

Favourites & Outsiders

EstrellaEstrellaEstrella  [AUS] Peta Mullens, [POL] Eugenia Bujak, [USA] Heather Fischer, [USA] Ruth Winder
EstrellaEstrella  [SLO] Polona Batagelj, [AUS] Lizzie Williams, [MEX] Ingrid Drexel, [USA] Lauren Hall, [USA] Lauren Stephens
Estrella [USA] Erica Allar, [AUS] Rebecca Wiasak, [USA] Abby Mickey, [CRO] Mia Radotic, [GBR] Claire Rose, [CAN] Stephanie Roorda

Betting area

Our favourite: [POL] Eugenia Bujak

Our outsider: [USA] Abby Mickey

Participants

There will be no Spanish riders at the 2017 edition of Winston-Salem Cycling Classic.

Startlist

Previous edition

@WSCycling

Italian rider Rossella Ratto (Cylance) soloed to the victory in Winston-Salem, claiming both the first victory ever for Cylance Pro Cycling and her first victory since winning Giro dell’Emilia in 2014. Her compatriot and teammate Valentina Scandolara (Cylance) was the fastest in the group sprint, finishing ahead of American rider Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare).

Results

How to follow the race

Live TV

Social media

Twitter

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

Facebook

A few Facebook accounts:

Sources

Official website
Women Cycling Fever

Pro Cycling Stats

Written by:
Diego Martín

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