Rivera Sprints to Victory in Uptown Minneapolis Criterium
Coryn Rivera sprinted to victory in Friday’s Uptown Minneapolis Criterium, the 4th stage of the 2014 North Star Grand Prix. Thanks to the help and support of her teammates,
Rivera was able to also claim both intermediate sprint competitions, widening her lead in the category. The availability of two time bonuses created an aggressive race with steady attacks and counter attacks throughout. A massive crash occurred 15 laps into the 28-lap Criterium, forcing the neutralization and restarting of the race with 10 laps to go. Once the race resumed, the strongest teams took to the front, positioning their sprinters for the final laps. With one lap remaining, Alison Powers put her head down and moved to the front of the race with Coryn Rivera closely following her wheel. Powers used her proven time trialing ability to hold the first position throughout the entire final lap, positioning Rivera perfectly to come around her in the final meters and sprint for the victory.
This is Rivera’s second win and third podium appearance in this week’s North Star Grand Prix – she sprinted to victory in the stage 2 St. Paul Criterium, then claimed second place in Thursday’s harsh and windy 97-mile Cannon Falls Road Race. Sports Director Rachel Heal commented, “The team had a great showing and Coryn finished it off with a fantastic sprint. We are grateful for the opportunity to race, and win, with so many of our valued sponsors in attendance tonight.”