Sacramento, CA – 19 May 2018 – The revelation of last year’s Amgen Tour of California Womens’ Race Empowered with SRAM, Cuban Champion Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women’s Team) did not disappoint in the finale as she dusted off the competition in Sacramento. After 20 laps of the 2.2-mile Capitol circuit downtown, Sierra outsprinted Alexis Ryan (CANYON//SRAM Racing) and Emma White (Rally Cycling) to take the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered With SRAM.
With Katie Hall’s magnificent performance during the final kilometers of the mountainous Stage 2 in South Lake Tahoe, the overall was all but an after thought, which was a welcomed sentiment for the rider and team that lost the the race lead by one second the previous year. As such, the stage in Sacramento was tailored for the sprinters.
Despite a course that kept even the most daring well within sight of the peloton, a few riders would take their chance off the front. The most successful attempt came from Liane Lippert (Team Sunweb), who for her efforts earned the Breakaway from Heart Disease
At the end, however, the sprinters would have their say. Kendall Ryan (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) the Visit California Sprint Jersey leader heading into the stage would suffer a mechanical in the final turn toward the finish line, which left the door open to Sierra, Kendall’s sister ALexis and the precocious Emma White, who was slated to return to return to her studies immediately following the race to wrap up her sophomore year in college.
Results – Stage 3 – Sacramento Circuit
1. Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women’s Team) 1h37’32”
2. Alexis Ryan (CANYON//SRAM Racing) + 00’
3. Emma White (Rally Cycling) + 00”
Final General Classification
1. Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) 7h51’11”
2. Tayler Wiles (Trek–Drops) +29”
3. Kasia Niewiadoma (CANYON//SRAM Racing) +01’07”
4. Erica Magnaldi (BePink) +01’12”
5. Brodie Chapman (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) +01’16”
Team Classification – UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
Final Jersey Winners
Amgen Race Leader Jersey – Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team)
Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Liane Lippert (Team Sunweb)
Lexus Queen of the Mountain (QOM) Jersey – Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team)
Visit California Sprint Jersey – Emma White (Rally Cycling)
TAG Heuer Best Young Rider Jersey – Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling)
Photos: Leonard Basobas/LB Photos