1-2 Finish for Coryn Rivera in Final Stages of Amgen Tour of California!
After two top-ten finishes starting off the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered by SRAM, Coryn Rivera was eager for a win in her home state of California. On Saturday, a determined Team Sunweb was able to execute a plan to send Rivera sprinting toward the finish line in the lead. Rivera followed up Saturday’s win with a strong second place on the fourth and final criterium-style stage through downtown Sacramento.
Saturday’s Stage 3 race from Elk Grove to Sacramento, CA covered 118 km of fast, flat road along the Sacramento River and California Delta region. Team Sunweb planned to use the forecasted high winds to their advantage to split the group by making the race as tough as possible. Although the winds were not as strong as they were forecasted to be, the team’s strong effort did cause some splits to the group and managed to tire out some riders before the groups merged for the final sprint.
“Today was all on the girls. It’s a hard sport and we’re here with the world’s best, I couldn’t have done it without them,” said Rivera. “We had planned the sprint in detail and the girls executed the plan perfectly. One of my first wins was in Sacramento when I was 18, so it’s great to be back on the top step here years later.”
Sunday, riders set out on a 3.5 km downtown circuit through Sacramento, CA which they would complete 20 times for a total of 70 km. The flat course with six high-speed corners was well suited for sprinters like Rivera. With a chaotic final 500 meters, Team Sunweb was able to still form their lead-out to place Rivera into position for the sprint.
“We tried to do it again and we all gave it our best shot. I wish that I could’ve taken the win for my mom and the team today, but in the end we had some fun and gave it our all. It’s been great racing in front of home crowds and we are all really pleased with how the race has gone for us this year,” said Rivera.
Finishing in sixth in the general classification, Rivera moves back into second place in the overall UCI Women’s WorldTour Ranking. Team Sunweb will head back to Belgium for the Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik on Sunday, May 28th.
Monday, May 15, 2017