In the exciting 1st stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour, 140k from Atherstone to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Cylance Pro Cycling’s Alison Tetrick broke away in the last 20k, and it looked like a win was on the horizon. After a crash Tetrick sustainedin the early part of the race, the breakaway itself was a tremendous attack. With just 10k to go, time trial specialist Tetrick build a two minute lead on the peloton. Yet with the finish line in sight–and just 10 meters to go!–Tetrick was hunted down in a determined chase and outsprinted at the last moment. Christine Majeurs (Boels-Dolmans) and Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) packed a one-two punch for the podium and took five other riders with them to the line, as Tetrick finished her valiant effort in 8th place. While she may not have claimed the podium, Tetrick was easily the Fan Favorite of the day. Her exciting tactics and determination were well documented by the media and appreciated by the crowds, as she demonstrated the power of women’s pro cycling. “The Aviva Women’s Tour did not disappoint in challenging courses and aggressive racing,” says Tetrick, who would have to wait till stage 5 to understand the depths of her physical state after the crash and the breakaway.