Lauren Tamayo powered to an American national criterium championship victory Sunday in Greenville, South Carolina, returning the red, white, and blue jersey to the UnitedHealthcare women’s team.
“I started the season thinking I’m ready to take on new endeavors, but I never imagined I would end my career wearing the stars and stripes of the US national champion,” she said.
The 32-year-old made it into a late breakaway with Elle Anderson (Rally Cycling) and Sara Tussey (Visit Dallas – DNA), and then left her fellow escapees behind in the final 500 meters to take the win. Anderson crossed the line one second later to take runner-up honors, while Tussy nabbed third, three seconds back.
“Typically, my role is to contribute to the success of one of my teammates, but when I found myself in the group of three with just a few laps to go and a stable advantage, I had to shift my mindset and figure out a way to win for the team. I jumped early and created a gap going into the final two turns,” Tamayo added.
Tamayo’s UnitedHealthcare teammate Coryn Rivera, the 2014 national criterium champion, won the sprint in the peloton for fourth.