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Rivera sticks it to Sacramento field

Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co.-Twenty12) strung her junior gears out in front of the capitol building as she bested a top field in the Sacramento Grand Prix Sunday. Fresh off a European stint with the U.S. National Team, the second-year pro stole the bunch sprint on the finishing circuits of stage 1 at the Amgen Tour of California.

“The team did really well watching the attacks and when it came down to the last three or four laps, everyone was next to each other,” said Rivera. “With one to go, Ruth (Corsett) lit the fire, a little too hard, but by the backside, it all came back together and then smoothly to the finish line.”

Robin Farina (Vera Bradley Foundation) led the field through the final of four corners on the bell lap. Rivera sat fourth wheel behind teammate Lauren Tamayo as they arrived onto the long, flat finishing straight. As her competitors faded over the long run-in to the line, Rivera held her cadence, delivering the win in front of massive crowds.

“Usually I like a little more variable in the course because I’m on junior gears, but it was a long straight and ended up being a drag race and that was the variable towards my end.”

Joe Martin Stage Race double stage winner Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita-Baci) finished second and Joell Numanville (Webcor Builders) third.