Hannah Barnes Takes Third Victory in a Row on Stage 2 of Tour Femenino de San Luis
After starting the 2015 racing season with a sprint victory at the Grand Prix Juana Koslay, followed by a win on the opening stage of the Tour Femenino de San Luis, Hannah Barnes and her UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling teammates took their third consecutive win on Stage 2 of the 6-day race. These three wins in Argentina followed teammate Linda Villumsen’s solo victory in the New Zealand national championship road race, making an outstanding start to the 2015 season for the program.
The women’s professional peloton covered 75 kilometers near Villa Mercedes, Argentina on today’s second stage of the Tour Femenino de San Luis. With two intermediate sprint competitions throughout the day, the peloton was fast, aggressive, and compact, bringing the race finale to another bunch sprint. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team was once again prepared with a practiced lead out train, strong teamwork, and the sprinting power of Hannah Barnes. Barnes was able to achieve her third victory in a row for her teammates, sponsors, and fans. She commented, “Today’s stage was the one that I won last year, so I knew the finishing stretch well. The sprint was a little chaotic but we got organized and the girls did a great job to keep me near the front. Alexis took it up with about 500 meters to go, with me on her wheel, and dropped me off perfectly with about 200 meters left till the line. I was able to take the win with yet another great team effort!”
Leading the women through an extremely successful start to the 2015 season, Sporting Director Rachel Heal concluded, “Another great ride from the team today. There is always pressure defending a leader’s jersey, but the girls rose to the challenge and were present at the front of the race all day, always there when it mattered and delivering Hannah in perfect position for another fantastic win.” The team takes on stage 3 tomorrow, still in possession of the race leader’s jersey and best U23 rider jersey.