Sebastian Haedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) and Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) took the flowers in Saturday’s Downtown Silver City Criterium at the Tour of the Gila.
Elite men raced 40 laps on the 1.74km, four-corner circuit, while elite women tackled 25.
Barnes finished fastest among the women, overhauling Leah Kirchmann (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies), with Alison Jackson (Twenty16-Ridebiker) rounding out the podium in third.
Coming into the last lap I saw Brianna Walle from Optum go solo,” said Barnes. “About 500 meters to go I chased and and caught Brianna, then Leah came past me. I said, ‘That’s it, it’s over,’ but I managed to just jump on her wheel and come around.”
In the men’s race, Tom Zirbel (Optum) and Jordan Kerby (Drapac Professional Cycling) nearly stole a march on the field with five laps to go. But they were pulled back, and in the bunch sprint Haedo out-kicked Wouter Wippert (Drapac) and Eric Young (Optum).
“I wasn’t feeling really good all day but then in the last corner, two UnitedHealthcare guys went and I took the corner behind them in third position,” said Haedo. “Maybe I went a little bit early but I came through with a fast sprint.”
On the overall, Mara Abbott (Amy D Foundation) tops the women’s standings by eight seconds. Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB) sits second at eight seconds with Jasmin Glaesser (Optum) third at 53 seconds.
Rafael Montiel (Orgullo Antioqueno) leads the men by 24 seconds ahead of Rob Britton (Team StartStop), with Daniel Jaramillo Diez (Jamis-Hagens Berman) third at 54 seconds.
Sunday’s final stage is the Gila Monster Road Race — 161.9km for men and 106.1km for women.