Alison Tetrick made a valiant bid for the yellow jersey on stage 1 of The Women's Tour. At about 25km from the finish line, Alison attacked solo and quickly amassed a troubling gap for the rest of the peloton. Stretching the time out to almost 2 minutes, Alison was able to come into the finishing straight as the lone leader. The peloton closed in on her inside of 100 meters, taking the elusive stage victory from her grips. Alison shares how the stage unfolded in her own words:
The team is excited to be racing another UCI Women's World Tour event. This time we are hosted by Great Britain at the Aviva Women's Tour! We have 5 days of racing here and all will prove to be challenging as we face the toughest competition yet.
The stage today was mildly rolling from the seashore to the countryside of Northfolk County and Suffolk County. Teams were anxious to set up their GC contenders for the overall tour, and the race was fast paced and tense with anticipation for a technical sprint finish. Our team remained active throughout the race, and with 25k to go, I launched an attack. I quickly built a sizable gap and still had a bit of a cushion coming into the 10k. Until 50m to go, I still was off the front. At this moment I believed I could win, but I was just caught at the line in the sprint finish. Racing with intent is important, and although I would have loved a win, I am happy with the effort out there today. The fans were incredible and we hope we inspired the next generation out there to always strive to achieve their goals, even if you come up a bit short! I could not be more proud of my team and expect big things over our next couple of days here in Britain. A big thank you to Manel for being such an encouraging and supporting director as we all strive to be the best we can be!
Alison M. Tetrick finished 8th on the stage with the same time as the leaders and was voted most combative rider on stage 1.
Full Stage 1 Results for Cylance Pro Cycling:
8. Alison Tetrick st
19. Rossella Ratto 9"
33. Sheyla Gutiérrez Ruiz 33"
38. Valentina Scandolara st
72. Doris Schweizer 25"