World Champion Linda Villumsen Storms to Victory in Opening Time Trial at Joe Martin Stage Race
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team came out on top after the opening stage of the 2016 Joe Martin Stage Race. Current Time Trial World Champion Linda Villumsen bested the field in a display of pure power, coming across the line in 10 minutes and 50 seconds. Villumsen was the only rider in the women’s peloton to break the 11 minute mark, separating herself from the rest of the field, and ensuring she starts Friday’s road race in the leader’s jersey.
The Joe Martin Stage race is one of the most prestigious and well respected events on the US scene, having been a fixture on the calendar since 1978. With a full complement of North American UCI teams in attendance, the field was a worthy challenge for Villumsen.
Following up from Villumsen’s victory, Hayley Simmonds posted a time of 11:12 on the punchy time trial to take fourth on the day. The British rider is new to the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, and is revelling in the experience of learning her way in the American peloton. Also making her way into the top 10 was Coryn Rivera, who finished just 25 seconds off the pace of Villumsen. Rivera’s strong finish sets herself and the team up well for the coming days.
With three women in the top 10, The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team have asserted themselves on the race early. As the race progresses the team will look for every opportunity to fight for both stage wins and time on the overall classification.
Australian climber Jonathan Clarke of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team came out strong in the men’s field with a fifth place finish on Thursday’s time trial. Alongside Clarke, current US National Road Race Champion Matthew Busche finished with a strong seventh place.
Putting two riders in the top 10 sets the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team up well for the following stages, where any time advantages gained early will be critical for maintaining and gaining positions later in the race. With Busche’s vast experience in stage races, the team is well set for success at the 2016 Joe Martin Stage Race.