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Leah Kirchmann Doubles, Trixi Worrack Drives It Home – Inaugural Amgen Tour of California Women’s Road Race Empowered with SRAM, Stage 3

Leah Kirchmann (Optum presented by Kelly Benefits Strategies) Goes Back-to-Back, While German Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM) Takes Home the Spoils

Sacramento, CA – Sitting a meager 3 seconds behind overall race leader, Lauren Komanski (TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air), at the beginning of the day, Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM) had to like her chances on the fast and flat 34-mile course in downtown Sacramento.

Traversing the 2.5 mile course around the State Capital building 17 times, the lead varied throughout the race. Several women attempted to go off the front, but with as many and six riders in contention for the overall, none was allowed to roam too far off the front.

Not surprisingly, the four teams, Optum presented by Kelly Benefits Strategies, TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air, UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling, and Velocio-SRAM, with the most to lose going into Stage 3 of the Inaugural Amgen Tour of California Women’s Road Race empowered by SRAM, along with American criterium specialist, Erica Allar (Colavita-Bianchi presented by Fine Cooking) were heavily featured at the front of the race.

In the home straight away, Kirchmann, the Canadian National Champion in Road Race, Criterium and Time Trial once again showed her mettle and overpowered British National Road Race Champion, Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling) and Allar to take her second win in as many day.

Not far behind the day’s podium placers was Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM), whose fourth place finish was good enough for her to slide past Komanski to claim the General Classification.

Results – Stage 3, presented by Visit California – Sacramento Circuit Race (34 miles)
1. Leah Kirchmann (Optum presented by Kelly Benefits Strategies)
2. Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling)
3. Erica Allar (Colavita-Bianchi presented by Fine Cooking)

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Final General Classification
1. Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM)
2. Leah Kirchmann (Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies)
3. Lauren Komanski (TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air)
4. Katie Hall (UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling)
5. Alena Amialiusik (Velocio-SRAM)
6. Flavia Oliviera (Ale-Cipollini)
7. Alison Jackson (TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air)
8. Lauren Stephens (TIBCO-SVB)
9. Lex Albrecht (Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies)
10. Andrea Dvorak (TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air)

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Leaders Jersey Winners
Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM) – Amgen Leaders Jersey
Kirsti Lay (Canadian National Team) – Lexus Queen of the Mountain
Leah Kirchmann (Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies) – Visit California Sprint Leader
Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling) – SRAM Best Young Rider (Under 23)
TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air – Best Team

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Next: Stage 6, Presented by Lexus
Women’s Invitational Time Trial, Empowered with SRAM
Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake Individual Time Trial
Start Location: Village Drive & Pine Knot Avenue
Finish Location: Pine Knot Marina
Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
Stage Length: 15 miles

List of Competitors

While not technically a part of the inaugural road race, a select group of women will contest this very flat and fast course. At 6,752 feet and featuring one of the most beautiful lakes in all of California, the course begins in the heart of the Village in Big Bear Lake with 20 of the best women time trialists in the world competing prior to the men’s Stage 6. The first three miles of the route wind through a residential area along the south shore of the lake. Taking the Stanfield Cutoff across the lake, the course turns left and continues on Highway 38 to the town of Fawnskin. As the route turns back to the City of Big Bear Lake, expect large crowds in Fawnskin to cheer the riders coming and going. The return back into Big Bear Lake will essentially follow the same route.

As the route makes a right onto Big Bear Boulevard, with just 0.6 miles left, the riders will make a right onto Pine Knot Avenue for the final sprint to the finish line and onto a 1,000-foot jetty greeted by thousands of cheering fans. Cyclists are presented to a one-of-a-kind waterfront finish with spectacular panoramic views of Big Bear Lake.

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 LIVESTRONG.com, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.