After a day of aggressive, tactical riding, Team Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera took the win at stage three of the women’s Amgen Tour of California.
The penultimate stage of racing got underway with a 118 kilometre route through to Sacramento. Team Sunweb set out to make the day as tough as possible before the expected fast finish in Sacramento, with Coryn Rivera racing on home soil hungry for another UCI Women’s WorldTour win. The team set up stations at the head of the peloton, taking advantage of the crosswinds and putting in a huge effort to cause splits to the bunch. After various splits and regrouping, the race came back together for a bunch sprint in Sacramento. Team Sunweb were still in prime position and formed their sprint train to lead out Coryn through to the finish. Coryn was able to finish off the teams hard work leading the charge in a bunch sprint, crossing the line in first place to take her third UCI WorldTour win of the season.
Following her win Rivera said: “Today was all on the girls. It’s a hard sport and we’re here with the worlds best, I couldn’t have done it without them. We tried a few times to break up the field and to drop some other riders. Our move worked but things came back together so next it was time for us to focus on the lead out train. We had planned the sprint in detail and the girls executed the plan perfectly. One of my first wins was in Sacramento when I was 18, so it’s great to be back on the top step here years later.”
Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans said: “Today is another brilliant win from Coryn and the team. We tried to make the race hard on the crosswind sections but it wasn’t exposed enough for it to work as we would have liked. A lot of riders were really tired as a result of this which was an ideal situation for us. We were still able to bring Coryn into a perfect position for the sprint. It’s a fantastic win for her and the team in her home state of California.”