Magner and Rivera Take Overall Victories at The Air Force Cycling Classic
Ty Magner of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team doubled up this weekend at the Air Force Cycling Classic to win both stages and also take the overall victory for the weekend. Coryn Rivera was victorious on Saturday, and took second place on Sunday’s race to also win the overall title in the women’s competition.
Taking place in Arlington, Virginia, the Air Force Cycling Classic featured two exciting criteriums on streets lined with fans. The Clarendon Cup opened the racing on Saturday, offering a tight 1-km course in the heart of Arlington’s Clarendon business district. With dozens of restaurants, coffee shops and other businesses, the venue proved popular on a warm weekend, and saw thousands of spectators out on the streets.
Ty Magner took the victory in Saturday’s men’s event, after lapping the field with three of his teammates. A dangerous move with 16 riders went clear early on in the racing. With all the major teams represented, the move was given a long leash and eventually made its way around to lap the pack. Representing the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team were Magner, Carlos Alzate, Luke Keough, and Brad White. After a strong pull on the front by the Cylance Team, the Blue Train assembled and pulled into the home straight with a huge head of steam. Carlos Alzate formed the last link in the chain, delivering Magner to a unchallenged victory, and then following across the line to take second himself. Brad White also found the podium, coming across in fourth place.
The women’s race unfolded in a much different fashion, with no breaks able to stay clear of a motivated pack. The Blue Train rode a steady race, sharing the brunt of the work with the Tibco team. As the pace hotted up, it was left to Criterium National Champion Lauren Tamayo to do the work in the finale. On her wheel was Coryn Rivera, who bided her time and launched a perfect sprint to win the race.
The second day of the Air Force Cycling Classic was the battle for the Crystal Cup, but also the competition to determine the overall winner of the two-day omnium. The 1.3-km circuit in downtown Arlington had less technical interest than the previous day, but still allowed for the escape of a strong breakaway in the men’s event. Ty Magner was at the front once again, and made a strong move in a break of seven riders. Not content with the way the group was working together, Magner attacked solo and lapped the field, before being joined by his break companions. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team quickly regrouped behind Magner to focus on the win. The Blue Train again shared the work with the Cylance team, but took control in the final laps to ensure Magner was delivered cleanly to the line. The plan was executed cleanly, giving Magner a second victory in two days, and also wrapping up the omnium victory.
In the women’s race, a dramatic finale saw Rivera take second place, but secure the overall victory in the Omnium competition.
Cari Higgins represented the team in an early breakaway, but once that move was brought back, it was down to a sprint for the win. Lauren Tamayo strung the race out with an attack with one lap to go, and forced the peloton to chase hard to close it down. Rivera benefited greatly, utilising the leadout train of the Tibco team to launch her sprint. Although Rivera crossed the line first, she was relegated to second place after a line deviation in the all-out sprint. Nevertheless, the result put Coryn on top of the podium for the omnium after a weekend of close-fought racing. Mike Tamayo, The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team’s General Manager, was pleased with the weekend’s racing in Virginia, “The whole team is riding at full potential. It’s great to see the Blue and White on the top of the podium.”