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Katie Hall Digs Deep, In Yellow – Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race, Stage 2

In a two up with 2016 Olympic Champion, Anna van der Breggen, Hall encouraged by her UHC Pro Cycling teammates surges ahead in the final kilometer to take the stage and the race lead

South Lake Tahoe – An Individual Time Trial has been noted to be the “race of truth,” as a cyclists comes face-to-face with their own personal doubts and fears to trust their training and motivate themselves above their own limits. There is nowhere to hide.

In a similar fashion, mountain stages bear out a cyclist’s daring and their resolve, as there comes a time when each is required to step to the forefront and demonstratively say, I am the strongest.

Stage 2 of the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race featured three racers, who dared to be great over the 108 kilometer mountainous course that was used for the first time ever in Amgen Tour of California history. In the tradition of the great bardoeur-rouleurs, Juliette Labous (Team Sunweb) went off the front of the peloton early in the race and stayed away until the peloton brought her back before tackling the 8-mile ascent up the Kingsbury Grade.Juliette-Labous_Team-Sunweb_Off-the-front

On the final ascent, a select group including current race leader, Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team), Dutch teammate Anna van der Breggen, Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb), UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling teammates, Ruth Winder and Katie Hall, and Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (Cylance Pro Cycling). In the final kilometers up to the final QoM of Daggett Summit, Anna van der Breggen would press the issue with only Katie Hall capable of following. The two would battle each other back and forth for the final 10 kilometers, until Hall was finally able to separate herself up the short closing climb in the last kilometer to claim not only the stage win, but also the race lead. Anna van der Breggen would finish second, with Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (Cylance Pro Cycling) taking a more than respectable third.


Results – Stage 2, South Lake Tahoe (108 km, 67 miles)
1. Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team)
2. Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team)
3. Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (Cylance Pro Cycling)

Jersey Winners – Stage 2
Amgen Race Leader Jersey – Katie Hall (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
Breakaway from Cancer® / Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Juliette Labous (FRA), Team Sunweb (NED)
Lexus Queen of the Mountain (QOM) Jersey – Katie Hall (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
Visit California Sprint Jersey – Anna van der Breggen (NED), Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team (NED)
TAG Heuer Best Young Rider Jersey – Ruth Winder (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team

Next: Stage 3, Elk Grove to Sacramento (118 km, 73.3 miles)
Tomorrow’s Stage 3 presented by Lexus will take riders on a 73.3-mile flat and fast course from first-time host Elk Grove to the veteran race city of Sacramento, where the race will conclude Sunday following a circuit race around the California State Capitol building.

Photos: Leonard Basobas/LB Photos

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Leonard Basobas - Among my many and varied interests are cycling and writing. I am deeply passionate about both. Strangely enough, neither has come very easy to me.I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact. Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 to 2014) and the US Pro Cycling Challenge. I was also the featured Guest Contributor for, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.