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Rivera tops Guarnier to claim elusive U.S. Pro road title

By Dane Cash • Published
Coryn Rivera celebrates a hard-earned national road title. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) finally nabbed her first ever U.S. Pro national road race title on Sunday after three straight years of runner-up finishes.

The 25-year-old bested Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) in Knoxville, Tennessee, flipping the script on the 2015 and 2016 road nationals when it was Guarnier pipping Rivera for the title.

“This was a race of attrition and patience and the win means the world to me. I had a teammate [Ruth Winder] here which made the biggest difference,” Rivera said.

“At the end of the day this is a team sport and I couldn’t have done this on my own. I’m absolutely ecstatic; it’s been a long time coming and I’m really happy to take the win now. After all of the hard work that me and Ruth put in through the race it’s great that I could finish it off.”

Rally’s Emma White finished third to cap off an impressive week — as the day’s best-placed under-23 rider, she added the U23 road title to a nationals haul that already included the U23 criterium title and U23 time trial title.

The race covered a total of 114.7 kilometers (71.28 miles) over nine laps of a 12.7-kilometer circuit. Attacks flew early and often with each passing of the short but steep Sherrod Road climb.

Liza Rachetto (Hagens Berman-Supermint), Heidi Franz (Rally Cycling), and Margot Clyne (Twenty20-Sho Air) were the riders up the road at the midway point in the race. After Rachetto lost touch, Jennifer Luebke (Hagens Berman-Supermint) bridged to form a new trio.

Despite the best efforts of the break, however, a hungry peloton brought the move to heel inside the final five kilometers. Winder helped chase down a few potential late escapees to set up a sprint, which Rivera won convincingly.

Having raced since childhood, Rivera has won over 70 national titles across multiple disciplines and age groups during her career, but Sunday’s victory marked her first national road title at the elite level.

“It is pretty incredible every time,” she said. “The feeling doesn’t change. After all the hard work you put in, and all the hard work your support team puts in, it’s a good feeling to pull off a win.”

U.S. Pro women’s road race nationals, top 10

  • 1. Coryn Rivera, Team Sunweb, in 3:17:30
  • 2. Megan Guarnier, Boels-Dolmans, at 0:00:00
  • 3. Emma White, Rally Cycling, at 0:00:01
  • 4. Alexis Ryan, Canyon SRAM, at 0:00:03
  • 5. Lily Williams, Hagens Berman-Supermint, at 0:00:04
  • 6. Tayler Wiles, Trek-Drops, at 0:00:05
  • 7. Leah Thomas, UnitedHealthcare, at 0:00:05
  • 8. Leigh Ann Ganzar, Wolfpack-Hyperthreads, at 0:00:06
  • 9. Amber Neben, PX4 Sports, at 0:00:13
  • 10. Ruth Winder, Team Sunweb, at 0:00:18

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