Powers and Rivera Extend Winning Streak at North Star Grand Prix
After going 3-for-3 and taking the overall victory at least week’s Tulsa Tough Omnium, the women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team began the 6-stage, 200-mile 2014 North Star Grand Prix in Minnesota this week. The event began with Wednesday’s 5-mile Time Trial down St. Paul’s rolling East River Road. UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team rider Alison Powers showed her national title-winning form once again with a decisive win, posting the only sub-11 minute performance in the women’s field and claiming the top spot in the general classification.
Powers wore the leader’s jersey for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team going into the second race of the day, the 28-lap St. Paul Criterium. The race was fast from the start, with two serious solo attacks from Colavita Women’s Cycling Team rider Olivia Dillon. The field chased hard, seeking intermediate time bonuses and sprint points that will prove important in the remaining stages. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team took their position at the front of the race, first to protect the leader’s jersey on the shoulders of Alison Powers, and also to lead sprinter Coryn Rivera out for the stage win. The pace increased across the final laps, shattering the field and reducing the front of the race to only the fastest teams and sprinters. The finale was hard fought but with the help of a finely tuned lead out train, natural sprinting instinct, and a well-executed bike throw at the line, Coryn was able to seize the victory for the team. The women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team line up today for the third stage of the North Star Grand Prix, the 95-mile Cannon Falls Road Race.