Reigning national road, criterium, and time trial champion Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare) won the Zappos.com Cedar City Grand Prix, held in conjunction with stage 1 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
“I’m really proud of how we rode,” said Powers. “We had a plan that got a little sidetracked with Coryn being out of the game, but that just shows how strong our team is — that we were still able to pick up the pieces and get the win.”
Sam Schneider (Tibco-To the Top) was second in the sprint, and the podium was rounded out by Tina Pic (DNA Cycling).
Several teams were aggressive and attentive from the start, launching attack after attack, seeking intermediate lap primes and the breakaway advantage.
Looking to lead out Coryn Rivera in a bunch sprint, the women of the UnitedHealthcare team worked to chase down the attacks and keep the race together. With one lap remaining, Rivera and another rider made contact, rendering Rivera’s bike damaged for the final lap. Rivera shouted to a teammate, “I’m out! You have to keep going.” Without hesitation, Powers adapted to the situation and set her own sights on the win. “I’m really proud of how we rode. We had a plan that got a little sidetracked with Coryn being out of the game, but that just shows how strong our team is, that we were still able to pick up the pieces and get the win, Powers said. The UHC team also earned the best team title.
Schneider finished a wheel’s length behind Powers. Schneider’s 15-year-old sister and U.S. junior national criterium champion Skylar Schneider made it into the top 10, placing eighth.
For the first time in its 10-year history, the Tour of Utah will feature a pro women’s race, to be held on the men’s Stage 3 finishing circuit, a 15-lap race on Miller Motorsports Park’s 2.2-mile course. The 90-minute race will start at 1 p.m. (MDT) Wednesday.
Full results can be found here. More information on the Cedar City Grand Prix will be added as it’s available.