Cylance Pro Cycling achieved its first National Champion of the year as Sheyla Gutiérrez wins the Spanish National Championships road race. It was an emotional win for Sheyla as she crossed the line for an emphatic win.
Justin Williams is in Wisconsin with fellow teammates Scott Law and Orlando Garibay for the annual criterium series, Tour of America's Dairyland, for his final prep before nationals. With lots of cash primes on the line, the Tour of America's Dairyland, or ToAD as its called, features a very aggressive style of racing from the first lap to the last.
The North Star Grand PRix recently wrapped up in Minneapolis, MN with the Cylance Pro Cycling team taking a stage, a podium, and a 10th place over 5 days, proving to be another successful event for the sprint team ahead of the real test of the season, the US Pro Criterium Championships. “With Tulsa [Tough] and now North Star,” added Director Sportif Hilton Clarke, “I think we have had two very successful events. Our 'Sprint System' is up and running, and I couldn’t be more pleased.”
In 2016 Scott Law, then with Australian development team Subaru NSWIS, came agonizingly close to winning the overall jersey at Tulsa Tough, and he hasn’t forgotten about that moment since. Tulsa Tough is one of the premier events for the top sprinters on the North American calendar and is an important part of the Pro Road Tour. Scott still felt the burn from 2016 and was motivated to achieve victory at this prestigious event in 2017, representing Cylance Pro Cycling.
Cylance Pro Cycling sent their top sprinters to Oklahoma early for the Oklahoma City Pro/Am race weekend as a tune up before the next round of the Pro Road Tour, the St. Francis Tulsa Tough. Scott Law (AUS) and Justin Williams (USA) were the team’s lone representatives in OKC over three days of racing and made the most of their time together with Justin taking the victory on both the Day 1 and Day 3. Scott just missed the podium on Day 2, coming in fourth. It was a successful three days of racing for the dynamic sprinting duo.
Cylance Pro Cycling achieved two additional World Tour podiums at the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered by SRAM in the four days of racing. The team has totaled five World Tour podiums in nine days, including the resounding victory at the Tour of Chongming Island.
The first stage of the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered by SRAM takes the riders around the scenic Lake Tahoe before finishing up the steep incline of the Heavenly Ski Resort. Alison Tetrick (USA) animated the race early and often, finding herself in a solo breakaway leading into the second major climb. After she was caught, she continued to attack to keep the race fast and aggressive. Into the finish, Krista Doebel-Hickok, once again showed her climbing strengths with a 5th place finish up the slopes of the mountain.
The queen stage was conquered on the second day of racing, as the women crested the first climb on Highway 89, which was 6.7 kilometers, within the first 15 kilometers of racing. The peloton sped down the descent into Diamond Valley with speeds excess of 100 kph. With echelons and attacks in the flats leading into the penultimate climb, the race was nervous and aggressive. Kirsten Wild (NED) won the intermediate sprint on the bottom slopes of Kingsbury Grade and set up Doebel-Hickok perfectly to tackle the 13 kilometer climb. The race shattered on the 40 minute effort as climber Doebel-Hickok crested the mountain in a very select group behind two additional riders. Teammates Dani King (GBR), Rossella Ratto (ITA), and Jasinska (POL) climbed strongly not far behind. Doebel-Hickok remained in her group over the climb to finish just behind the two leaders to take third on the stage.
After two mountainous stages, the last two stages were ones for the sprinters. The team rallied around Kirsten Wild (NED) who is notably one of the best sprinters in the world. With one win and two podiums at the recent Tour of Chongming Island, Wild is in good form to win in any fast finish. Stage 3 began in Elk Grove and paralleled the Sacramento River as the race continued through the delta to finish at the Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento The team controlled the race to set up Wild, but an unfortunate near crash caused Wild to require a bike change within the final kilometer, which took her out of contention for the sprint.
With renewed focus for the final stage, the team once again, was ready to race for Wild in the finishing circuits. The final stage included 20 fast and technical laps around the state capitol of California. As predicted, the race was destined for a sprint finish. With excellent teamwork, Wild sprinted to a close third place result. This was the second podium for the team at the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered by SRAM and the fifth World Tour podium in the month of May!
“I am proud my team and their hard work, no matter the course or the tactic” says Manel Lacambra, Director Sportif. “They have shown they are a capable of big results at any type of race and always work as a team.”
The next race for women of Cylance Pro Cycling will be the next UCI Women’s World Tour event, the Aviva Women’s Tour, from June 7th-11th. Cheer on the women of Cylance Pro Cycling as they #bringthegreen to a race near you!
Highlights from stage 4 of the Tour of California.
Travelling from China to California, Cylance Pro Cycling is headed to the next UCI Women’s World Tour event, the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered by SRAM. The Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered by SRAM is North America’s only UCI Women’s World Tour event and is the premier women’s race in the United States.
Cylance Pro Cycling secured its first World Tour victory at the Tour of Chongming Island as Kirsten Wild (NED) sprinted for the win on Stage 1 after a chaotic day on the road. Wild then finished 2nd on both Stages 2 and 3 to secure a second overall in general classification. It was an impressive performance by the Dutch sprinter recently returning from the UCI Track World Championships with two medals.
Cylance Pro Cycling is heading to the next UCI Women’s World Tour race, the Tour of Chongming Island. Located outside of Shanghai, Chongming Island is an oasis of greenery and a great backdrop for fast world class bike racing. The Tour of Chongming consists of three days relatively flat and furious days that are typically dictated to finish in a sprint.
The men of Cylance Pro Cycling will race the Redlands Bicycle Classic. After a podium sweep at the Dana Point Grand Prix, the team will compete at this next Pro Road Tour event looking for continued victories.
Cylance Pro Cycling Sweeps Podium at Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling and Animate at the Tour de Yorkshire
Cylance Pro Cycling sets a standard of teamwork and victory at the Dana Point Grand Prix with an impressive 1,2,3 podium sweep. In its 11th year, the Dana Point Grand Prix is the next stop on the Pro Road Tour, and the men of Cylance Pro Cycling were ready to put on a show.
Cylance Pro Cycling announced today its participation in the “Hardest Stage Race in America”, the Larry H, Miller Tour of Utah from July 31 to August 6. The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is a 7 day stage race that crosses the entire state with notoriously difficult mountain ascents and high elevation.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah began in 2004 and is one of five UCI sanctioned multi-stage cycling events in North America. In this year’s edition, the race will begin in Logan and conclude in Salt Lake City. The event will navigate around the state of Utah making stops in Layton, Snowbasin Resort, and Bountiful.
Stage 1: Logan
Stage 2: Brigham City to Snowbasin Resort
Stage 3: Big Cottonwood Canyon
Stage 4: South Jordan City
Stage 5: Layton to Bountiful
Stage 6: Heber Valley to Snowbird Resort
Stage 7: Salt Lake City
The 2017 additions to the race include new host cities that have not been a part of the race in the past, including Brigham CIty, Big Cottonwood Canyon, South Jordan, and Layton. In addition to new stops along the way, the individual time trial has returned to the event and will climb Big Cottonwood Canyon on the third stage.
“Its an honor to have our team invited to the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and it feels like a bit of recognition for all of the effort the team has put into making 2017 a special season for us,” added Director Sportif, Hilton Clarke.
Cylance Pro Cycling will be motivated to animate this iconic race and is proud to be included in the selected teams to compete. Stay tuned for the roster announcement and the team’s preparation as they #bringthegreen to the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in 2017!
Cylance Pro Cycling won three medals at the UCI Track World Championships with Rachele Barbieri (ITA) being crowned a World Champion and Kirsten Wild (NED) winning a silver and a bronze medal. The UCI Track World Championships took place in Hong Kong as the riders represented their individual countries on their national teams in multiple events.
After finding success on the road with Cylance Pro Cycling, Barbieri and Wild began their focused training in preparation for the World Championships by attending World Cup track races around the world. Riding multiple disciplines can be challenging, but Cylance Pro Cycling believes in supporting the riders’ individual goals throughout the year.
Cylance Pro Cycling is headed to one of North America’s most difficult stage races, the Tour of the Gila. Located in Silver City, New Mexico racing from April 19 to April 23. Taking place in high desert altitude, the race is notorious for its five days of windy and mountainous conditions. The 2017 Tour of the Gila is a part of the Pro Road Tour and Cylance Pro Cycling is sending both women’s and men’s teams to compete in the event.
Cylance Pro Cycling has reached the turning point from the cobbled classics to enter the hills of Ardennes Week. The first race that marks this transition in the season is the Amstel Gold Race. Even though Amstel Gold takes place in the Netherlands, and it is not geographically within the Ardennes, it is still regarded as the beginning of Ardennes Week. The races that follow are Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Flèche-Wallone. All three of these races are a part of the UCI Women’s World Tour calendar. Although Flèche-Wallone has had a women’s race for many years, Amstel Gold Race has not had a women’s edition since 2003 and this is the first edition of the women’s event for Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
Krista Doebel-Hickok 2nd, Eric Marcotte 3rd in McClellan Road Race
Cylance Pro Cycling raced throughout the United Stated States this weekend with three wins and four podium finishes. The Alabama Cycling Classic in Anniston, Alabama, hosts two days of racing, the Sunny King Criterium and the Anniston McClellan Road Race. Both of these events are a part of the Pro Road Tour calendar.
Cylance Pro Cycling continues the Pro Road Tour (PRT) at the next two events at the Alabama Cycling Classic. After a successful Joe Martin Stage Race which was the beginning of the PRT, Cylance Pro Cycling will compete in two consecutive races at the Alabama Cycling Classic, which are the next two events on the PRT calendar.
The first day of the Alabama Cycling Classic is the famous Sunny King Criterium, which is a 0.7 mile (1.12 kilometer) urban criterium course with four turns. The races will follow a counter-clockwise direction for 60 laps, which will be be 62.7 kilometers total.
With a solid sprinting squad, Cylance Pro Cycling will aim for victory at the Sunny King Criterium with sprinters Justin WIlliams (USA) and Scott Law (USA). These riders will be supported by team captain, Karl Menzies (AUS) and Orlando Garibay (MEX), Andres Diaz (COL), and Hunter Grover (USA).
The second day in Alabama, and the third PRT event, will be the Anniston McClellan Road Race. Covering 90 miles/144 kilometer in 4 laps of a 22.1 mile (35.6 kilometer) circuit, there are 3 significant climbs. The most significant climb is the Bains Gap with an average of 10% for more than a kilometer and pitches up to 17%. Each lap includes nearly 571 metres of elevation gain.
For this challenging circuit, Cylance Pro Cycling will add the strength and experience of Eric Marcotte (USA) to the roster. With a strong team to support riders on the climbs and into the finish, Cylance Pro Cycling will be ready for the challenging course.
USA based Cylance Pro Cycling women’s team riders, Krista Doebel-Hickok and Erica Zaveta will also compete in the Alabama Cycling Classic.
“The team is really showing how they can work together” says Director Sportif, Hilton Clarke. “These races will be a good opportunity for the team to show their potential and ability.” Cylance Pro Cycling is ready to race in Alabama and looking forward to continuing our successful pattern.
Sunny King Criterium Roster:
Anniston McClellan Road Race Roster:
Over the weekend, Cylance Pro Cycling was racing around the world and making a difference. In Belgium, the women’s team raced aggressively at Ronde van Vlaanderen, also known as iconic Tour of Flanders and followed it up with a strong showing at the Grand Prix de Dottignies. Meanwhile, the men’s team conquered the extremely technical final stage of the Joe Martine Stage race with a 2nd place finish from Eric Marcotte (USA) and 5th overall for Kyle Murphy (USA).
This morning, the women of Cylance Pro Cycling previewed large sections of the Ronde van Vlaanderen course, covering the famed Eikenberg, Haaghoek, Wolvenberg,and Kanarieberg hill and pavé sectors. Known as the Tour of Flanders, the Ronde is the fifth round of the UCI Women's World Tour circuit taking place on April 2 in Belgium. Cyance Pro Cycling will bring a focused and prepared team to race this iconic classic.
This year's edition will take the women on a 153.3 kilometer lap which starts and finishes in Oudenaarde. On today’s recon ride the team focused on the pavé and hill sectors, including the potentially decisive Kanarieberg Hill which averages 7.7% for 1000m with a max elevation of 14%.
Rossella Ratto (ITA) had a strong race at Ronde van Vlaanderen last year is excited to return to the race in 2017. “I am personally looking forward to it, and hoping to get the same good day as last year’s race” says Rossella. “The race course changed a lot, with more technical sections following the muurs, and then the epic Kapelmuur. I think we have a really focused lion Sheyla, a strong Jasi, and a super professional Dani who has studied every kilometer of the course. Then we have Marta, ready to protect us as we were her daughters!”
After riding the course, Malgorzata Jasinkska (POL) says “it will be a long and hard race, but our asset is that we met the road well. I think the real race will start on the Kapelmuur. The last 3 muurs are very heavy, but we have a rugged and strong team.”
Joining Rossella and Jasi, will be Sheyla Guittieriez (ESP), Dani King (GBR), Marta Tagliaferro (ITA) and Joelle Numainville (CAN). The team is ready to race strong and calculated on Sunday.
If you aren’t lucky enough to join the fans in Belgium for this year’s edition, you’ll be able to watch the action from the 2017 edition of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen anywhere in the world! Thanks to Proximus and Flanders Classics, this year’s podium presentation as well as the final hour and thirty minutes of the race will be streamed live. Details below:
Podium presentation – Antwerp
The traditional podium presentation, where the riders sign the start sheet and all the teams are being presented to the crowd on the Market place, will be livestreamed for the whole world via www.facebook.com/Proximusbe (Dutch and French commentary)
Tour of Flanders for Women’s Elite
As from 13.30h CET [5:30am PST] the Tour of Flanders for Women’s Elite will be streamed as well for all people outside of Belgium. You can follow it live with English commentary via the official Facebook page of Flanders Classics (https://www.facebook.com/FlandersClassicsofficial/) and the Flanders Classics-website: http://www.flandersclassics.be/en