Lauren Stephens takes 2nd place at Tour of the Gila Criterium and moves into lead in Points Classifi
Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank scored a second podium at Tour of the Gila today, with Lauren Stephens taking second place in the Silver City criterium.
With 11 laps to go the team was on the front of the peloton chasing down an early break. From that point on, Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank animated the race sending serious moves up the road with Brianne Walle and Lex Albrecht to set Lauren up. In the end it came down to a reduced bunch sprint with Lauren taking second on the line to Emma White. The second-place finish moved Lauren into the lead in the points classification.
Ed Beamon commented: "The plan today was to go for the stage win as our GC position is a little behind the eight ball and there wasn't much time to be gained in today’s criterium. We knew we could make the race hard with an organized set of attacks for the last third of the stage and the team did a great job. We are here without a true sprinter, so we had to try to disrupt the other teams. We were very nearly successful with that great finish from Lauren."
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