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Lauren Stephens time trials her way to San Luis GC lead

  • By Spencer Powlison
  • Published Jan. 13, 2016
  • Updated Jan. 13, 2016 at 11:30 PM EDT
Lauren Stephens is an accomplished time trialist. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com (File).

American Lauren Stephens uncorked a strong performance in the stage 4 time trial at Tour Femenino de San Luis to win the day and seize the overall lead Wednesday in Argentina.

It was her second win in as many years in the race’s traditional El Durazno time trial, a 12.8km individual test. This year, the Tibco-SVB rider beat another American, UnitedHealthcare’s Katie Hall, by 43 seconds. Argentina’s Maria Alvarez was third, another seven seconds back. In the overall, Stephens, 29, is now 57 seconds ahead of Aranza Villalon, who managed fifth place in the TT.

Thursday’s penultimate stage features an uphill finish on the Mirador de Potrero de los Funes, at the end of 97.4km of racing. That stage should prove decisive in the fight for GC, as the final stage in San Luis is mostly flat. Last year, Stephens had a solid ride on the Mirador — seventh — but she lost the overall lead to Brazil’s Janildes Fernandez by merely one second.

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Spencer Powlison

Spencer Powlison

When it comes to bike racing, Spencer is a jack-of-all-trades. He loves pinning on a number, whether it’s in a local criterium, a mountain bike enduro, a cyclocross national championship, or a gran fondo. Name any cycling discipline, and more likely than not, Spencer has ridden or raced it. He has been lucky enough to work in the bike industry for the majority of his adult life, from his time turning wrenches in a Vermont bike shop to his five-year tenure at the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

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