Hall wins Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau
QUEBEC – The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling women’s team dominated proceedings at Thursday’s GP Gatineau, displaying superior teamwork and launching Lauren Hall into perfect position to sprint to victory.
With five riders, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling made up one third of the breakaway, creating odds which were stacked in their favor, but also producing more pressure. Once again, the team rose to the challenge, kept clear of the chase group and delivered Hall to a stylish win.
“It’s not about me, this win is about this team,” Hall said. “The work that the girls put in to get me in position to sprint is where this victory comes from and to see the smiles from team management and staff just solidifies the culture that has been created in the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling women’s team.”
The 104-kilometer GP Gatineau road race featured two loops of scenic Gatineau Park that took in the Fortune climb before dropping into a city circuit.
Rally Cycling set a hard tempo on the first climb, shredding the field down to the main group that stayed away till the finish. Leah Thomas and Lizzie Banks did most of the work to keep the gap established, and the team even tried for a couple of attacks, but nothing stuck. It was all down to a bunch kick. Rushlee Buchanan and Lauretta Hanson set up the sprint just as discussed in the pre-race meeting and Hall unleashed her sprint to handily take the win.
Hall’s lead out train, Hanson and Buchanan, finished eighth and 10th respectively.
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling American contingent will head to Knoxville, Tennessee for the U.S. Pro National Championships next. The event is June 21 to 24.
With five riders making a leading group of 15 the odds are stacked in your favor, but so is the pressure. Once again the team rose to the challenge, keeping the group clear of the chasers, and setting up Lauren for the sprint, and she finished it off in style.