After a gruelling ascent to the finish, Coryn Rivera took 8th place at the opening stage of the Amgen Tour of California.
Stage one of the race took riders along 117 kilometres around Lake Tahoe with two categorised climbs, the final coming just before the finish line. The day saw multiple breakaway attempts, with Team Sunweb’s Leah Kirchmann involved in one of the earlier efforts. The bunch gave no breakaway much freedom, with the days main break taking a 1 minute 50 second lead over just 15 kilometres of racing. The days fireworks were lit on the final ascent to the line at the Heavenly Mountain Resort, with a ton of attacks coming from the front. Each attack was quickly chased down and Team Sunweb were still in contention with Coryn Rivera riding on home soil for the first time in 2017. As more attacks came in, riders were able to go clear and the relatively bunched peloton splintered. After a strong opening to the race for the team, Coryn finished the day in 8th place.
After the race Coryn said: “I could definitely feel the home state love on the roads today! I think we raced well as a team and played our best card for the day. I wish that I could have finished it off but there are still three days to go. I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the race brings.”
Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans said: “The team haven’t spent much time at altitude so we knew that today would be tough. Looking back to our team work and how we executed our plan, the team did everything right which is a positive factor going onto the next stages. Although we had hoped for more we aren’t at all disheartened and instead start tomorrow feeling even more motivated.”