Kendall Ryan (Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) took her first-ever UCI Women’s WorldTour victory in Elk Grove, California, by winning stage 1 of the Amgen Women’s Race on Thursday.
Starting and finishing in Elk Grove, the 124km stage wound its way through the flat Central Valley of California. Absolutely no climbs and only very little wind meant that a bunch sprint was all but guaranteed.
This did not stop riders from attacking, though. The first to get away was Liza Rachetto (Hagens Berman-Supermint) who was caught after a few kilometres. The duo of Ingrid Drexel (Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) and Rachetto’s teammate Starla Teddergreen were next, and got a gap of up to 30 seconds, but were also quickly reeled in.
In the following kilometres, the pace picked up, stretching the peloton out into single file. Lisa Morzenti (BePink) got away only a few kilometres before the half-way point, and was joined by Whitney Allison (Hagens Berman-Supermint). These two worked together well, and the peloton was seemingly happy to leave them out-front. Fifty kilometres from the finish, the front duo were 1:10 ahead as the sprinters’ teams started to organise the chase behind.
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