At one of the most exciting UCI Women’s World Tour races, Cylance Pro Cycling’s Krista Doebel-Hickok finished 9th at the Philadelphia International Classic. The stars of the Women’s World Tour lined up at the top of Manayunk Wall prepared to take on six laps of a challenging 19.7km course for a total of 118km of racing.
Attacks launched throughout the day, and all Cylance Pro Cycling members contributed to the action. In the final lap, Krista and Rossella Ratto—last weekend’s winner of UCI Winston-Salem—stayed in contention up the climb of infamous Manayunk Wall. While Megan Guarnier took the win for Boels-Dolmans, Krista climbed with her signature power and finished just seconds behind the podium of Guarnier, Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) and Alena Amialiusik (Canyon SRAM).
“This is my second time doing Philly,” said Krista, “It is just what I remember: aggressive racing and a brutally painful, punchy climb to the finish.” She also cites her teammate for helping both the physical and mental demands of the climb.
“Rosella, was amazing,” Krista adds. “She helped me position and believed in me more than I would alone. I trusted her to help me position into the final climb, and then I gave everything I had left after a hard race. I wish that had been more, but we have to be proud of how we raced.”
Proud indeed! Three weeks of top ten finishes are a fantastic way to ring in a new season for a new team. Up next, Cylance Pro Cycling heads to England for the Aviva Women’s Tour June 15-19