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Megan Guarnier won the first stage of the Women's...

U.S. champ Guarnier claims California stage 1

Megan Guarnier wins a windswept first stage at the Women's Tour of California, attacking late to claim the overall race lead.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, California (VN) — Megan Guarnier continued her stellar preparation toward the Summer Olympics with a final uphill surge and a solo win Thursday in the wind-whipped stage 1 of the Women’s Tour of California.

Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans), the only U.S. cyclist who has secured a road race berth for Rio de Janeiro, completed the 117km road race to and from Heavenly Mountain Resort in just over three hours and claimed her third win of the season.

Stage 1 results

  • 1. Megan GUARNIER, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, in 3:05:09
  • 2. Emma JOHANSSON, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :04
  • 3. Kristin ARMSTRONG, T16, at :10
  • 4. Evelyn STEVENS, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at :10
  • 5. Marianne VOS, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at :10
  • 6. Rossella RATTO, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :16
  • 7. Coryn RIVERA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :16
  • 8. Shara GILLOW, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at :18
  • 9. Tayler WILES, USA, at :18
  • 10. Katie HALL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :18

 

General classification

  • 1. Megan GUARNIER, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, in 3:04:57
  • 2. Emma JOHANSSON, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :10
  • 3. Kristin ARMSTRONG, T16, at :18
  • 4. Evelyn STEVENS, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at :22
  • 5. Marianne VOS, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at :22
  • 6. Rossella RATTO, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :28
  • 7. Coryn RIVERA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :28
  • 8. Shara GILLOW, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at :30
  • 9. Tayler WILES, USA, at :30
  • 10. Katie HALL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :30

 

The opening stage marked the debut of the first of two U.S. races in the inaugural season of the women’s WorldTour.

While winds gusting to 40mph raked the field throughout the stage, Guarnier’s teammates and several other teams pulled back solo leader Sarah Storey (Podium Ambition). The 72-time world record-holder and multi-time Paralympics champion was brought back to the group after more than two hours in front.

Just as she did last year in the opening stage, Storey went to the front alone in stage 1. And the field seemed content to let the Briton ride alone. Attacking after 21km, Storey quickly built more than a two-minute lead as she pedaled around Lake Tahoe. Storey extended her margin to 4:05 after 60km.

The peloton was split into several groups, but it quickly realized it was time to reel in the leader. Storey was finally caught with 5km left after a 90km solo trek.

“I’ve got to give her props for going out and doing that,” said Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans), who finished fourth. “It took a lot of guts. She made the girls work hard to catch her.”

Several teams rotated through at the front in the waning kilometers. But as the final climb and short sprint approached, Boels – Dolmans went to the front to set up Guarnier for her signature fast finish.

“My team did an awesome job bringing it back,” said Stevens. “I didn’t get in the best position, and I was swarmed coming into that [last] corner. I attacked and then I saw Megan coming, and she attacked.”

Guarnier earned her Olympic ticket last September, finishing third in road race at the world championships in Richmond, Virginia. Guarnier claimed stage 4 of Euskal Emakumeen Bira in Spain on April 17. Three days later, she finished third a La Flèche Wallonne Feminine Belgium. Guarnier also has three runner-up finishes and now 11 top-10 finishes in 17 racing days this season.

The strong winds took a toll of the 106-rider women’s field. Several riders finished more than seven minutes behind.

The four-stage women’s stage race will continue Friday with a 20.3km team time trial in Folsom. Guarnier will start the race in the yellow leader’s jersey, 10 seconds ahead of Johansson and 18 seconds up on Armstrong.

Stage 1 results

  • 1. Megan GUARNIER, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, in 3:05:09
  • 2. Emma JOHANSSON, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :04
  • 3. Kristin ARMSTRONG, T16, at :10
  • 4. Evelyn STEVENS, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at :10
  • 5. Marianne VOS, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at :10
  • 6. Rossella RATTO, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :16
  • 7. Coryn RIVERA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :16
  • 8. Shara GILLOW, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at :18
  • 9. Tayler WILES, USA, at :18
  • 10. Katie HALL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :18
  • 11. Lauren STEPHENS, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at :18
  • 12. Scotti LECHUGA, HBS, at :18
  • 13. Dani KING, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :18
  • 14. Mara ABBOTT, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :18
  • 15. Kristabel DOEBEL-HICKOK, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :18
  • 16. Rocio PARRADO GUARNIZO, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at :24
  • 17. Lex ALBRECHT, BEPINK, at :28
  • 18. Brianna WALLE, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at :31
  • 19. Alison JACKSON, T16, at :31
  • 20. Eri YONAMINE, HBS, at :31
  • 21. Sara POIDEVIN, RALLY CYCLING, at :31
  • 22. Katie DONOVAN, CVB, at :31
  • 23. Megan ALDERETE, HBS, at :31
  • 24. Emma WHITE, RALLY CYCLING, at :38
  • 25. Laura MASSEY, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at :38
  • 26. Sharon LAWS, PODIUM AMBITION PRO CYCLING p/b CLUB LA SANTA, at :38
  • 27. Alena AMIALIUSIK, CANYON SRAM RACING, at :38
  • 28. Leah THOMAS, T16, at :38
  • 29. Chloe DYGERT, T16, at :47
  • 30. Linda Melanie VILLUMSEN, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :48
  • 31. Jasmin GLAESSER, RALLY CYCLING, at :48
  • 32. Jessica CUTLER, CVB, at :48
  • 33. Lauren KITCHEN, HITEC PRODUCTS, at :54
  • 34. Amy PIETERS, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :57
  • 35. Nicole Moerig, PODIUM AMBITION PRO CYCLING p/b CLUB LA SANTA, at :57
  • 36. Doris SCHWEIZER, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :57
  • 37. Anna SANDERS, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at :59
  • 38. Kelly CATLIN, USA, at :59
  • 39. Anouska KOSTER, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at :59
  • 40. Moniek TENNIGLO, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at :59
  • 41. Jessenia MENESES, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at 1:01
  • 42. Heather FISCHER, RALLY CYCLING, at 1:03
  • 43. Cecilie Gotaas JOHNSEN, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 1:03
  • 44. Hannah PAYTON, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at 1:04
  • 45. Amber NEBEN, BEPINK, at 1:06
  • 46. Sara HEADLEY, PODIUM AMBITION PRO CYCLING p/b CLUB LA SANTA, at 1:07
  • 47. Lisa BRENNAUER, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 1:07
  • 48. Joanne KIESANOWSKI, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 1:07
  • 49. Audrey CORDON, WIGGLE HIGH5, at 1:07
  • 50. Lindsay BAYER, HBS, at 1:13
  • 51. Beth Ann ORTON, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 1:14
  • 52. Francesca PATTARO, BEPINK, at 1:17
  • 53. Gretchen STUMHOFER, CVB, at 1:17
  • 54. Alison TETRICK, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 1:21
  • 55. Allie DRAGOO, T16, at 1:22
  • 56. Whitney ALLISON, CVB, at 1:26
  • 57. Hannah BARNES, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 1:28
  • 58. Sophie COLEMAN, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at 1:28
  • 59. Mia MANGANELLO, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 1:28
  • 60. Nina Marie LAUGHLIN, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 1:30
  • 61. Iris SLAPPENDEL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:36
  • 62. Nikki BRAMMEIER, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 1:36
  • 63. Karol-Ann CANUEL, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 1:36
  • 64. Charlotte BECKER, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 1:36
  • 65. Kathrin HAMMES, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 1:36
  • 66. Tatiana GUDERZO, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 1:36
  • 67. Lauren HALL, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 1:36
  • 68. Janicke GUNVALDSEN, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 1:36
  • 69. Caterin elisabeth PREVILEY, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at 1:36
  • 70. Maria FADIGA, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at 1:36
  • 71. Claire ROSE, PODIUM AMBITION PRO CYCLING p/b CLUB LA SANTA, at 1:36
  • 72. Annie EWART, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:36
  • 73. Ilaria SANGUINETI, BEPINK, at 1:36
  • 74. Ruth WINDER, USA, at 1:36
  • 75. Alexis RYAN, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 1:53
  • 76. Jennifer TETRICK, T16, at 1:53
  • 77. Jeanne KOREVAAR, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 1:53
  • 78. Liza RACHETTO, HBS, at 1:53
  • 79. Sarah STOREY, PODIUM AMBITION PRO CYCLING p/b CLUB LA SANTA, at 2:03
  • 80. Lucinda BRAND, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 2:03
  • 81. Tiffany CROMWELL, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 2:03
  • 82. Kirsti LAY, RALLY CYCLING, at 2:11
  • 83. Luciene FERREIRA DA SILVA, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at 2:26
  • 84. Jennifer GEORGE, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:26
  • 85. Romy KASPER, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:28
  • 86. Emily COLLINS, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 2:28
  • 87. Amanda MILLER, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 2:28
  • 88. Valentina SCANDOLARA, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 2:37
  • 89. Silvia VALSECCHI, BEPINK, at 2:47
  • 90. Chantal BLAAK, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:47
  • 91. Kirsten WILD, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 2:47
  • 92. Kimberley WELLS, CVB, at 3:00
  • 93. Mandy HEINTZ, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 6:59
  • 94. Rebecca DURRELL, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at 7:00
  • 95. Allison Elizabeth LINNELL, HBS, at 7:09
  • 96. Lauren TAMAYO, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 7:10
  • 97. Lauretta HANSON, CVB, at 7:10
  • 98. Elizabeth-Jane HARRIS, PODIUM AMBITION PRO CYCLING p/b CLUB LA SANTA, at 7:15
  • 99. Barbara GUARISCHI, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 7:21
  • 100. Hannah ROSS, RALLY CYCLING, at 7:32
  • 101. Lucy Shaw, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at 7:49
  • 102. Lenore PIPES, BEPINK, at 21:22
  • 103. Jennifer VALENTE, USA, at 21:50
  • 104. Sheyla GUTIERREZ RUIZ, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 22:02
  • 105. Aliya TRAFICANTE, USA, at 22:15
  • DNF Madeleine BOUTET, USA

 

General classification

  • 1. Megan GUARNIER, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, in 3:04:57
  • 2. Emma JOHANSSON, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :10
  • 3. Kristin ARMSTRONG, T16, at :18
  • 4. Evelyn STEVENS, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at :22
  • 5. Marianne VOS, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at :22
  • 6. Rossella RATTO, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :28
  • 7. Coryn RIVERA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :28
  • 8. Shara GILLOW, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at :30
  • 9. Tayler WILES, USA, at :30
  • 10. Katie HALL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :30
  • 11. Lauren STEPHENS, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at :30
  • 12. Scotti LECHUGA, HBS, at :30
  • 13. Dani KING, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :30
  • 14. Mara ABBOTT, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :30
  • 15. Kristabel DOEBEL-HICKOK, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :30
  • 16. Rocio PARRADO GUARNIZO, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at :36
  • 17. Lex ALBRECHT, BEPINK, at :40
  • 18. Brianna WALLE, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at :43
  • 19. Alison JACKSON, T16, at :43
  • 20. Eri YONAMINE, HBS, at :43
  • 21. Sara POIDEVIN, RALLY CYCLING, at :43
  • 22. Katie DONOVAN, CVB, at :43
  • 23. Megan ALDERETE, HBS, at :43
  • 24. Emma WHITE, RALLY CYCLING, at :50
  • 25. Laura MASSEY, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at :50
  • 26. Sharon LAWS, PODIUM AMBITION PRO CYCLING p/b CLUB LA SANTA, at :50
  • 27. Alena AMIALIUSIK, CANYON SRAM RACING, at :50
  • 28. Leah THOMAS, T16, at :50
  • 29. Chloe DYGERT, T16, at :59
  • 30. Linda Melanie VILLUMSEN, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:00
  • 31. Jasmin GLAESSER, RALLY CYCLING, at 1:00
  • 32. Jessica CUTLER, CVB, at 1:00
  • 33. Lauren KITCHEN, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 1:06
  • 34. Amy PIETERS, WIGGLE HIGH5, at 1:09
  • 35. Nicole Moerig, PODIUM AMBITION PRO CYCLING p/b CLUB LA SANTA, at 1:09
  • 36. Doris SCHWEIZER, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 1:09
  • 37. Anna SANDERS, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 1:11
  • 38. Kelly CATLIN, USA, at 1:11
  • 39. Anouska KOSTER, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 1:11
  • 40. Moniek TENNIGLO, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 1:11
  • 41. Jessenia MENESES, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at 1:13
  • 42. Heather FISCHER, RALLY CYCLING, at 1:15
  • 43. Cecilie Gotaas JOHNSEN, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 1:15
  • 44. Hannah PAYTON, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at 1:16
  • 45. Amber NEBEN, BEPINK, at 1:18
  • 46. Sara HEADLEY, PODIUM AMBITION PRO CYCLING p/b CLUB LA SANTA, at 1:19
  • 47. Lisa BRENNAUER, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 1:19
  • 48. Joanne KIESANOWSKI, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 1:19
  • 49. Audrey CORDON, WIGGLE HIGH5, at 1:19
  • 50. Lindsay BAYER, HBS, at 1:25
  • 51. Beth Ann ORTON, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 1:26
  • 52. Francesca PATTARO, BEPINK, at 1:29
  • 53. Gretchen STUMHOFER, CVB, at 1:29
  • 54. Alison TETRICK, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 1:33
  • 55. Allie DRAGOO, T16, at 1:34
  • 56. Whitney ALLISON, CVB, at 1:38
  • 57. Hannah BARNES, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 1:40
  • 58. Sophie COLEMAN, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at 1:40
  • 59. Mia MANGANELLO, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 1:40
  • 60. Nina Marie LAUGHLIN, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 1:42
  • 61. Iris SLAPPENDEL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:48
  • 62. Nikki BRAMMEIER, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 1:48
  • 63. Karol-Ann CANUEL, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 1:48
  • 64. Charlotte BECKER, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 1:48
  • 65. Kathrin HAMMES, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 1:48
  • 66. Tatiana GUDERZO, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 1:48
  • 67. Lauren HALL, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 1:48
  • 68. Janicke GUNVALDSEN, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 1:48
  • 69. Caterin elisabeth PREVILEY, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at 1:48
  • 70. Maria FADIGA, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at 1:48
  • 71. Claire ROSE, PODIUM AMBITION PRO CYCLING p/b CLUB LA SANTA, at 1:48
  • 72. Annie EWART, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:48
  • 73. Ilaria SANGUINETI, BEPINK, at 1:48
  • 74. Ruth WINDER, USA, at 1:48
  • 75. Alexis RYAN, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 2:05
  • 76. Jennifer TETRICK, T16, at 2:05
  • 77. Jeanne KOREVAAR, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 2:05
  • 78. Liza RACHETTO, HBS, at 2:05
  • 79. Sarah STOREY, PODIUM AMBITION PRO CYCLING p/b CLUB LA SANTA, at 2:12
  • 80. Lucinda BRAND, RABOLIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM, at 2:15
  • 81. Tiffany CROMWELL, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 2:15
  • 82. Kirsti LAY, RALLY CYCLING, at 2:23
  • 83. Luciene FERREIRA DA SILVA, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at 2:38
  • 84. Jennifer GEORGE, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:38
  • 85. Romy KASPER, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:40
  • 86. Emily COLLINS, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 2:40
  • 87. Amanda MILLER, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 2:40
  • 88. Valentina SCANDOLARA, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 2:49
  • 89. Chantal BLAAK, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 2:58
  • 90. Silvia VALSECCHI, BEPINK, at 2:59
  • 91. Kirsten WILD, HITEC PRODUCTS, at 2:59
  • 92. Kimberley WELLS, CVB, at 3:12
  • 93. Mandy HEINTZ, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 7:11
  • 94. Rebecca DURRELL, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at 7:12
  • 95. Allison Elizabeth LINNELL, HBS, at 7:21
  • 96. Lauren TAMAYO, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 7:22
  • 97. Lauretta HANSON, CVB, at 7:22
  • 98. Elizabeth-Jane HARRIS, PODIUM AMBITION PRO CYCLING p/b CLUB LA SANTA, at 7:27
  • 99. Barbara GUARISCHI, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 7:33
  • 100. Hannah ROSS, RALLY CYCLING, at 7:44
  • 101. Lucy Shaw, DROPS CYCLING TEAM, at 8:01