Mara Abbott (LA Sweat) and Phil Gaimon (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) collected the overall titles at the Redlands Bicycle Classic as Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) and Sebastian Haedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) closed out the National Racing Calendar kickoff with victories in Sunday’s Sunset Road Race.
For Rivera, who pronounced herself “super stoked,” it was a second consecutive sprint win, this time ahead of Brianna Walle (Optum) and Katherine Hall (UHC) in the 61.8-mile women’s finale.
It was likewise a second stage win for Haedo, who out-kicked Travis McCabe (SmartStop) and Dion Smith (Hincapie Racing Team) at the end of the men’s 94.1-mile race.
In the women’s overall, Abbott took the flowers by 24 seconds over Amber Neben (Visit Dallas Cycling-Noise) with Allie Dragoo (Twenty16-Sho-Air) third at 42 seconds.
Gaimon topped the men’s final standings by 24 seconds over Gavin Mannion (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) with Adrien Costa (California Giant-Specialized) third at 38 seconds.
“It’s great to come back here,” Gaimon said. “I still got it.”
Asked what was next on his agenda, he replied: “Getting ready for [the Amgen Tour of] California. The team’s riding awesome.”