Team has Strong Squad for Return to La Course by Tour de France
The world’s best teams will line up on July 26th for the second running of La Course by Tour de France. The women’s event will take place on the streets of Paris for 89 kilometers of intense racing, inevitably ending in a triumphant sprint along one of the most historic and revered roads in the sport of cycling, the Champs-Élysées in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
Utilizing the same roads as the finale of the Tour de France, La Course attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators in a celebration of cycling in the center of Paris. Bringing the women’s peloton to this stage has been important for the sport, and reflects hard work on the part of sponsors and riders. Sports director Rachel Heal reflected on the importance of the event, “It’s the dream of every cyclist to race on the Champs-Élysées. This event was a huge step for women’s cycling and the team is honored to have been selected for the race.”
Coryn Rivera proved her class by sprinting to 6th place in the inaugural 2014 event in an international field, including Olympic and World Champions. The sprint finish also catapulted Rivera into the White Jersey – the prize for the best young rider in the field. The final sprint was a team effort, with hard work throughout the day from Hannah Barnes and Cari Higgins to perform the perfect lead out. Both Higgins and Barnes will return alongside Rivera, bringing experience, enthusiasm and drive to the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team along with Alexis Ryan, Rushlee Buchanan, and Katie Hall, who took a breakaway victory in stage 6 of Germany’s Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt this week.
Reflecting on her 2014 performance, Coryn Rivera commented, “It was a special day to be in Paris with the team. The team put me in great position and coming out of the final corner, I gave it everything I had with the Arc de Triomphe in the horizon. I was really happy to be on the podium as the best young rider.”
Looking forward to returning to the race, Coryn Rivera added, “After placing 6th and winning best young rider at the inaugural La Course last year, I have more experience going into this year’s race. I’m excited to have a better idea of the race and the opportunity to race Thüringen and get reacquainted with the euro peloton and gain some fitness before Paris. I know now how difficult the cobbles on the Champs-Élysées actually are and I have gotten better at riding them. With Hannah’s stage win at the Tour of Britain and the stage wins at Thüringen from Katie and me, I believe our UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team will have a strong roster and be a true force to be reckoned with in Paris.”