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Guarnier fastest in Philly

Megan Guarnier sprinted up the Manayunk Wall to win the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic

One week after winning the U.S. Elite National Road Championship, Megan Guarnier won the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic after powering up the Manayunk Wall, crossing the line with plenty of room to spare over runner-up Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle – High5). Canyon – Sram’s Alena Amialiusik nabbed third.

In taking the win, Guarnier solidified her spot atop the UCI Women’s WorldTour rankings, and gave her Boels – Dolmans team its sixth WorldTour one-day victory of the year.

Top 10

  • 1. Megan GUARNIER, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, in 2:59:22
  • 2. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :03
  • 3. Alena AMIALIUSIK, CANYON SRAM RACING, at :03
  • 4. Evelyn STEVENS, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at :09
  • 5. Brianna WALLE, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at :11
  • 6. Heather FISCHER, RALLY CYCLING, at :11
  • 7. Dani KING, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :13
  • 8. Elena CECCHINI, CANYON SRAM RACING, at :14
  • 9. Kristabel DOEBEL-HICKOK, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :14
  • 10. Alison JACKSON, T16, at :16

Guarnier’s Boels – Dolmans squad was quiet for most of the race, allowing rival teams to both break away and chase during the 118.8-kilometers race. Wiggle – High5’s Mara Abbott and Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank’s Lauren Stephens were among the most active riders on the day, spending a long time out front as the peloton traversed six 19.8-kilometer (12.3-mile) laps on a hilly urban circuit. The breakaway earned Abbott the event’s queen of the mountains and sprinter’s jerseys.

An aggressive bunch reshuffled the deck for the final lap, with riders splitting into multiple groups on the penultimate trip up the Manayunk climb. Guarnier and her Boels teammate Evelyn Stevens, the winner in 2013 and 2014, were well-placed in a small group of leaders at the start of the final lap, but watched Twenty16’s Allie Dragoo launch a solo move that opened up a respectable gap as the riders rolled on into the final 15km of the day.

Dragoo’s attack didn’t last, however, as several other riders tried to bridge and then the peloton picked up the pace, bringing things back together for the lead-in to the Manayunk Wall. That’s when Boels took over.

Guarnier’s teammate Karol-Ann Canuel sprinted into the base of the climb with Guarnier in tow, and the Women’s WorldTour leader powered clear just as the road started to go up.

The 31-year-old American led for the entire climb and approached the finish without any real threat of being overtaken, taking advantage of the gap to enjoy a slow-rolling celebration as she crossed the line. 2015 runner-up Longo Borghini and then 2015 third-place finisher Amialiusik arrived next, marking repeat results for both riders, while Stevens came home fourth.

Guarnier credited her teammates’ impressive support as a key factor in her clear win.

“Karol-Ann led us through the bottom chicane and opened up a massive sprint at the bottom, and I was like ‘Ooh la la,'” Guarnier said. “And when it kicked up again, I went.”

Guarnier said the team was actually riding for Stevens, and it was her job to cover attacks for the two-time winner. Guarnier even spent time ferrying water bottles for her teammates earlier in the race.

“The whole day we were riding for Evelyn. It was my job to cover things,” Guarnier said. “I mean, I didn’t have to cover that much because we have Karol-Ann and Katarzyna [Pawlowska], incredible workhorses and they just sacrificed everything out there today.”

Guarnier said the team’s original plan called for Camuel to lead her into the base of the climb, where she could surge ahead, setting Stevens up for the finish.

“Karol-Ann did a massive lead out, an incredible lead out,” Guarnier said. “When I went, there were some people on my wheel, and then when I looked back there was nobody on my wheel. I was looking around.”

Finding herself clear off the front on the final climb, Guarnier pushed on to take the win — allowing her to extend her lead in the WorldTour rankings over second-placed Emma Johannson (Wiggle – High5), who was not at the race.

With Guarnier’s victory, Boels – Dolmans has now won seven of the events on this year’s WorldTour calendar out of a total of nine races so far.

Philadelphia International Cycling Classic results

  • 1. Megan GUARNIER, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, in 2:59:22
  • 2. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :03
  • 3. Alena AMIALIUSIK, CANYON SRAM RACING, at :03
  • 4. Evelyn STEVENS, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at :09
  • 5. Brianna WALLE, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at :11
  • 6. Heather FISCHER, RALLY CYCLING, at :11
  • 7. Dani KING, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :13
  • 8. Elena CECCHINI, CANYON SRAM RACING, at :14
  • 9. Kristabel DOEBEL-HICKOK, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at :14
  • 10. Alison JACKSON, T16, at :16
  • 11. Eri YONAMINE, HBS, at :17
  • 12. Eugenia BUJAK, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, at :19
  • 13. Coryn RIVERA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :25
  • 14. Katie HALL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :26
  • 15. Scotti LECHUGA, HBS, at :27
  • 16. Ingrid DREXEL, ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM, at :29
  • 17. Chanella STOUGJE, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG CONTINENTAL TEAM, at :33
  • 18. Jessica Corrin PRINNER, RALLY CYCLING, at :34
  • 19. Janelle COLE, T16, at :37
  • 20. Audrey CORDON, WIGGLE HIGH5, at :38
  • 21. Malgorzta JASINSKA, ALE’ CIPOLLINI, at :42
  • 22. Jessenia MENESES, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at :46
  • 23. Diana PEÑUELA, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :48
  • 24. Lex ALBRECHT, BEPINK, at :53
  • 25. Emma GRANT, CVB, at :54
  • 26. Joanne KIESANOWSKI, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at :54
  • 27. Sofia ARREOLA, T16, at :55
  • 28. Hannah ROSS, RALLY CYCLING, at :56
  • 29. Polona BATAGELJ, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, at 1:00
  • 30. Katarzyna PAWLOWSKA, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 1:01
  • 31. Sophie DE BOER, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG CONTINENTAL TEAM, at 1:03
  • 32. Rossella RATTO, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 1:03
  • 33. Ilaria SANGUINETI, BEPINK, at 1:05
  • 34. Ana SANABRIA, at 1:06
  • 35. Tiffany CROMWELL, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 1:09
  • 36. Pauliena ROOIJAKKERS, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG CONTINENTAL TEAM, at 1:10
  • 37. Sara POIDEVIN, RALLY CYCLING, at 1:10
  • 38. Dalia MUCCIOLI, ALE’ CIPOLLINI, at 1:10
  • 39. Amber NEBEN, BEPINK, at 1:12
  • 40. Carolina RODRIGUEZ GUTIERREZ, ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM, at 1:16
  • 41. Špela KERN, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, at 1:18
  • 42. Mandy HEINTZ, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 1:18
  • 43. Allie DRAGOO, T16, at 1:24
  • 44. Luz Adriana TOVAR, at 1:24
  • 45. Natalya SAIFUTDINOVA, ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM, at 1:26
  • 46. Karol-Ann CANUEL, BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM, at 1:26
  • 47. Jessica CUTLER, CVB, at 1:28
  • 48. Francesca PATTARO, BEPINK, at 1:28
  • 49. Lorena Maria VARGAS VILLAMIL, at 1:29
  • 50. Katherine MAINE, RALLY CYCLING, at 1:30
  • 51. Jessica PARRA, AROMITALIA VAIANO, at 1:30
  • 52. Kathrin HAMMES, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 1:32
  • 53. Whitney ALLISON, CVB, at 1:33
  • 54. Leah THOMAS, T16, at 1:42
  • 55. Elizabeth HERNANDEZ, CVB, at 1:42
  • 56. Mia MANGANELLO, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 1:45
  • 57. Ane SANTESTEBAN GONZALEZ, ALE’ CIPOLLINI, at 1:50
  • 58. Lindsay BAYER, HBS, at 1:58
  • 59. Caterin elisabeth PREVILEY, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at 2:03
  • 60. Lauren STEPHENS, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 2:08
  • 61. Megan ALDERETE, HBS, at 2:10
  • 62. Lenore PIPES, BEPINK, at 2:12
  • 63. Lauren HALL, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 2:12
  • 64. Iris SLAPPENDEL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:13
  • 65. Hannah BARNES, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 2:22
  • 66. Lauren TAMAYO, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:37
  • 67. Alexis RYAN, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 3:11
  • 68. Kendall RYAN, TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK, at 3:11
  • 69. Jermaine POST, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG CONTINENTAL TEAM, at 4:07
  • 70. Katie DONOVAN, CVB, at 5:16
  • 71. Mara ABBOTT, WIGGLE HIGH5, at 5:27
  • 72. Alison TETRICK, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING, at 5:30
  • 73. Abigail MICKEY, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 6:26
  • 74. Breanne NALDER, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 6:53
  • 75. Beth Ann ORTON, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING, at 7:28
  • 76. Gretchen STUMHOFER, CVB, at 8:24
  • 77. Emma WHITE, RALLY CYCLING, at 8:48
  • 78. Manuela ESCOBAR, at 10:30
  • 79. Luciene FERREIRA DA SILVA, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at 10:52
  • 80. Holly BRECK, T16, at 10:53
  • 81. Maria FADIGA, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER, at 10:57
  • 82. Jessica UEBELHART, HBS, at 10:58
  • 83. Mieke KROEGER, CANYON SRAM RACING, at 11:26
  • 84. Jelena ERIC, BTC CITY LJUBLJANA, at 11:28
  • 85. Marta BASTIANELLI, ALE’ CIPOLLINI, at 11:28
  • 86. Anna TREVISI, ALE’ CIPOLLINI, at 11:28
  • 87. Julie KULIECZA, HBS, at 14:12
  • DNF Rocio PARRADO GUARNIZO, WEBER SHIMANO LADIES POWER
  • DNF Marta TAGLIAFERRO, ALE’ CIPOLLINI
  • DNF Erica ZAVETA, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Silvia VALSECCHI, BEPINK
  • DNF Natalie VAN GOGH, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG CONTINENTAL TEAM
  • DNF Anna KNAUER, PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG CONTINENTAL TEAM
  • DNF Amanda MILLER, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Nina Marie LAUGHLIN, VISIT DALLAS DNA PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Sofia BEGGIN, ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM
  • DNF Arianna FIDANZA, ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM
  • DNF Natalia FRANCO
  • DSQ Valentina SCANDOLARA, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING