Team Leads GC, Rivera Takes Best Young Rider, and Hall Queen of the Mountains after Aviva Women’s Tour Opener
The women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team began the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour with a 112-kilometer opening stage from Bury St. Edmonds to Aldeburgh, in the English county of Suffolk. The racing was made aggressive throughout by two queen of the mountain competitions as well as two intermediate sprints.
Early in the stage, young American sprinter Coryn Rivera raced her way into a breakaway with three other riders. Always eager to help a teammate, Katie Hall bridged up to the escapees, accompanied by two others, making a strong group of six with the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team well represented. Out in front of field for nearly the entire race and on great form this season, Hall seized the maximum queen of the mountain points on the second competition, taking the lead in the climbing category. The breakaway’s advantage swelled to nearly 3 minutes with 30 kilometers of racing remaining and the group still working well together effectively. The riders on the front of the peloton were at their limit trying to reel the riders in over the final kilometers, determined to force a bunch sprint for the line.
The breakaway was a serious threat for the stage win till the very end, when the main field regained contact with the six riders just 300 meters from the finish line. With two riders in the top 15 places at the finish (Alexis Ryan, 8th; Coryn Rivera, 11th; Hannah Barnes, 14th), the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team was awarded the best team title after stage 1. Alexis Ryan was awarded the best young rider jersey for the stage, with teammate Coryn Rivera taking the lead in the overall best young rider category due to time bonuses earned on stage 1. Katie Hall will start stage 2 proudly wearing the polka dotted queen of the mountains jersey for her work in the hills. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team sends sincere thoughts to competitor and stage 1 winner Lizzie Armitstead, who was involved in a serious crash just beyond the finish line of the opening stage. Katie Hall and Coryn Rivera we also involved in the incident, but both are expected to recover fully to start stage 2.