Coryn Rivera Wins Stage 2 at 2016 Joe Martin Stage Race
Coryn Rivera of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team sprinted to victory on day two of the 2016 Joe Martin Stage Race. Rivera powered past Sam Schneider of the ISCorp team to take the 11 second time bonus on the line, moving her into the Sprinter’s Green Jersey of the points competition in the process.
Teammate Linda Villumsen finished in the lead group alongside Rivera to maintain her overnight position at the top of the General Classification.
Friday’s stage was a 64-mile road race on the winding and hilly roads of the Ozark Mountains. Starting in Cedarville, AR, the route featured 3500 feet of climbing over its length, with a significant mile-long climb to the finish in Fayetteville.
Despite the climbing, the peloton rolled into Fayetteville together, lining Rivera up perfectly for the win. Lauren Tamayo directed the Blue Train without fault, and relied on the horsepower of Annie Ewart and Hayley Simmonds to bring Rivera to the fore. The strategy worked flawlessly, and Rivera won by a bike length over her nearest competitor.
The men’s event followed a similar playbook to the women’s race, as the peloton arrived at the finish en masse to contest the sprint. The 108-mile loop saw a couple of early breakaways move clear that swept up the early sprint points, leaving the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team with work to do in the closing stages of the race. Jonny Clarke found the chance to stretch his legs on the 9.2 mile Mt Gaylor climb, but it was all together coming into the finish. Murphy was supported in the lead group by Ty Magner and Carlos Alzate. Murphy took third on the stage in a long drag race to the finish, picking up four crucial bonus seconds in the process.
As the fourth stop on the 2016 USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, the Joe Martin Stage Race, continues on Saturday with another challenging open road course through the Ozarks. The UCI 2.2 event is now in its 14th season for the pros. The UnitedHealthcare Team will line up to defend Linda Villumsen’s General Classification lead, as well as hunt for more stage victories.