The Cylance Pro Cycling team knew that going into the La Course by le Tour de France without a pure sprinter we’d have to be aggressive throughout the race to make it our own. The entire team was active throughout the day trying to create successful breaks that would give the team a chance at victory on the most famous streets in France in front of huge crowds. In the end a sprint proved to be inevitable as no team was willing to let Cylance Pro Cycling riders escape for very long.
“It was a surprise for me because the roads seemed easier than it really is,” said Sheyla Gutiérrez. “The cobles are not comfortable.” Sheyla then added that “the team were active trying to be in the gaps, but finally it was decided in the sprint. I felt really really good during the race but the finish lap was a chaos and I couldn’t reach better result; it was an amazing environment!
Sheyla would finish a team best in 22nd place, just outside of UCI points with the win going to Wiggle High5’s Chloe Hosking.
Alison Tetrick, who is still recovering from recent crashes, added:
Racing on the iconic streets of Paris is always an adventure. Although the conditions were hot and dry this year as compared to the rainy conditions last year, the tough cobbles of the Champs-Elysee are always difficult and require some luck as well. It was a difficult day for me coming back from injury and the cobbles were not very forgiving on broken ribs, but I was very proud to line up to represent Cylance Pro Cycling at such an important race for women’s cycling. It was great to be able to spend time with our faithful sponsors and supporters in Paris in July!
Up next for the team is another phenomenal one-day racing experience in England, the Prudential RideLondon Classique