UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling start Colorado Classic after successful European campaign
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After spending weeks overseas wracking up valuable racing miles in Europe, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling women’s team took the start line in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado for the inaugural Colorado Classic, a two day stage race held in conjunction with the UCI men’s race.
The 61 km race was won by Jennifer Valente (Sho-Air Twenty20) in a bunch sprint. Lauren Hall finished sixth and Ruth Winder came across the line in 12th place. Winder finished high enough on the standings to claim the Best Colorado Rider jersey.
“The race ended in a sprint, it wasn’t hard or long enough to split the race up enough. We were present at the front and in the break. We didn’t place in the sprint so it didn’t quite go as planned, but we are ready to come out fighting tomorrow,” team director Rachel Heal said.