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Joseph Rosskopf, Tayler Wiles win Redlands Bicycle Classic

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Apr. 6, 2014
  • Updated Apr. 6, 2014 at 8:36 PM EST

Joseph Rosskopf (Hincapie Sportswear Development) won the final stage and the overall title in the Redlands Bicycle Classic on Sunday.

Rosskopf escaped the front group in the final miles and led the way into town for five laps of the downtown circuit to conclude the 94.1-mile Sunset Road Race stage and the five-stage race.

James Oram (Bissell Development) latched onto him and it was a two-rider break battling to win the stage and the overall. The two were just 22 and 25 seconds off race leader Travis McCabe (Smart Stop), who was leading the pursuit a half-minute behind.

But McCabe couldn’t close the gap, and when Rosskopf hit the line first, he was winning not just the stage, but the overall.

“I got to the circuit alone, and then James Oram came up to me, and that worked out for both of us,” he said. “Both of us at that point were okay with getting second, if it came down to that.”

In women’s racing, Tayler Wiles (Specialized-Lululemon) won the overall as Mara Abbott (UnitedHealthcare) took the final stage.

Tayler Wiles (Specialized-Lululemon) won the Redlands Bicycle Classic on Sunday as Mara Abbott (UnitedHealthcare) took the final stage.

Leah Kirchmann (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) led the general classification going into the final stage. But when Wiles and Abbott got away from her in the 68.1-mile Sunset Road Race, that 29-second advantage evaporated, and while Kirchmann chased, she couldn’t claw back that time.

As Abbott took the stage win ahead of Wiles and Flavia Oliveira (Monster Media), the overall went to Wiles, who also leads the National Racing Calendar series. Abbott moved into second overall, while Kirchmann fell to third.

 

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