Elk Grove, CA – 17 May 2018 – Returning to Elk Grove for another year, the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM kicked off with an 77.1-mile (124km) jaunt around the surrounding area. With and intermediate sprint and no climbs to speak of, the world class field delivered the much anticipated field sprint.
Kendall Ryan (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank), a former U.S. Criterium National Champion (2015) from Southern California, took the opener ahead of fellow American, Emma White (Rally Cycling) and Australian, Annette Edmondson (Wiggle-High 5), a former track World Champion and 2012 Olympic Omnium Bronze Medalist.
“Today I just was able to surf the bunch and stay hidden from the wind and my teammates just made sure that I was protected and in the right spot in the end,” said Ryan, whose sister Alexis Ryan is also in the race with Canyon//SRAM. “All the hard work and heartbreak and all the suffering I’ve gone through just finally paid off… It’s just huge for me – I’ve never won yellow, I’ve never been on a stage like this before and won a race like this… You’re with the best of the best in the entire world and everyone shows up with their A-game and everyone shows up with their top team for this race, and you have to do everything right.”
Because of the fast, flat course, several riders took a stab at stealing the show from the sprinters, but it was not until halfway into Stage 1 presented by Visit California, that the major breakaway of the day would stick. BePink’s Lisa Morzenti and Hagens Berman | Supermint Pro Cycling’s Whitney Allison would build a sizable lead on the peloton. As the two closed in on the finish line, and with the sprinters’ teams starting to position their lead-out trains, Allison went off the front solo. For her efforts, she would earn the Breakaway from Heart Disease
Results – Stage 1 – Elk Grove (77.1 miles/124 km)
1. Kendall Ryan (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank)
2. Emma White (Rally Cycling)
3. Annette Edmondson (Wiggle High5)
Jersey Leaders after Stage 1
Amgen Race Leader Jersey – Kendall Ryan (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank)
Visit California Sprint Jersey – Kendall Ryan (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank)
TAG Heuer Best Young Rider Jersey – Emma White (Rally Cycling)
Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Whitney Allison (Hagens Berman | Supermint Pro Cycling)