28 May 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.
Monday, 29 May 2017, local time from 10:15 to 13:00 pm approx (UTC-4)
Route 109.4km: Winston-Salem – Winston-Salem
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
Peta Mullens, Eugenia Bujak, Heather Fischer, Ruth Winder
Polona Batagelj, Lizzie Williams, Ingrid Drexel, Lauren Hall, Lauren Stephens
Erica Allar, Rebecca Wiasak, Abby Mickey, Mia Radotic, Claire Rose, Stephanie Roorda
Our favourite: Eugenia Bujak
Our outsider: Abby Mickey
There will be no Spanish riders at the 2017 edition of Winston-Salem Cycling Classic.
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).
How to follow the race
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: