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.