Alison Powers wins Tour Femenino de San Luis

Powers took a huge lead in stage 3 and never looked back as her team stifled all attempts to escape in an aggressive final stage

Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare) won the Tour Femenino de San Luis on Saturday in Argentina.

UnitedHealthcare also took two stage wins and the team classification in the five-stage race.

“The team defended the pink jersey really well today,” Powers said. “I was able to sit back and watch Alexis [Ryan], Sharon [Laws] and Mara [Abbott] do all of the work. And to top it off, Alexis finished third today!”

Powers took the leader’s jersey after soloing to victory in stage 3, taking a lead of more than three minutes.

On Saturday, UnitedHealthcare snuffed all attempts at escape, and in the final sprint Powers led out Ryan to a podium finish.

“The team rode a perfect race today and I could not be happier,” said team director Rachel Heal. “To start the year off with a victory like this is fantastic, especially with a new team.”

Brazilians Fernanda da Silva Souza and Clemilda Fernandes Silva finished second and third overall at 2:22 and 2:37, respectively.