Ratto and Scandolara place sixth in Women’s World Tour event.
This weekend’s Amgen Tour of California was the first UCI Women’s World Tour event of 2016, and Cylance Pro Cycling brought Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA), Alison Tetrick (USA), Rossella Ratto (ITA), Valentina Scandolara (ITA), Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP) and Doris Schweizer (SUI) to the start lines of this renowned, challenging 4-day stage race.
On Stage 1, a 72mi road race around Lake Tahoe, Rossella Ratto made a decisive move that put her in the final break, where she finished 6th overall and gained the Best Young Rider jersey for Cylance. "I've never raced in California, my shape is good and I really wanted to race well in the front to honor Cylance here in California.,” Ratto said. “The first day, I was very happy with the Best Young Rider jersey.”
Stages 2 and 3 brought a 12.6mi team time trial and a 64mi rolling, twisting road race, where Cylance finished 11th in the TTT and launched stellar attacks throughout the road race.
The 70k criterium of Stage 4 brought an exciting finale to the Amgen Tour of California. While the aggressive riding of Alison Tetrick got the race off to a great start, an unfortunate crash took her down toward the end, but luckily without injury. Heading into the final lap, Valentina Scandolara brought her solid sprint skills to the mix and finished very close 6th place against the world’s best; Kirsten Wild, Lisa Brennauer, Manianne Vos, Coryn Rivera and Amy Pieters.
"It was a good race for us,” says Scandolara. “My job was to wait for the sprint and although it is difficult for me to not be in the action, I did that because my team trusted I could get a good result. My teammates were active at the front, attacking and being part of the breakaways, they were great. I made some mistakes in the end but that happens when you have to find your way in the peloton while the big sprinters have a leadout train; I am happy for my result today... I feel I am slowly coming out from these months of poor health and (therefore) form and that makes me positive!"
Team director Manel Lacambra agrees, noting that Cylance racers finished very well. “The team raced well together, and it was great to be in California where were could interact with our U.S. sponsors and meet our local fans.”
Next up, Cylance remains in the U.S., traveling to the east coast for time trial and road race national championships. Alison Tetrick, Krista Doebel-Hickok and Erica Zaveta will toe the line for the U.S. in Winston Salem, NC on May 27 & 28. On May 29 and 30th, the team with race the UCI Winston Salem road events.