Photos: Jonathan Devich
This Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from 10pm-11pm PST, NBC Sports Network will air the Amgen Tour of California women’s race recap show, highlighting the team’s biggest race in North America. The three-day race marked a big success for the team, with a stage victory, fifth overall GC and three riders in the top 20.
On stage 1, Kendall Ryan (USA) sprinted to victory in Elk Grove, securing the top step of the podium against some of the best sprinters in the world. [Watch Kendall’s sprint here]. The second stage turned to the mountains above South Lake Tahoe where Brodie Chapman’s (AUS) climbing and descending skills shined, securing her 5th place in the overall classification - a significant result at a UCI World Tour race.
The mountain stage featured two classified climbs plus the shorter finishing climb over the course of 70 miles. It was a dramatic race of attrition up the 8-mile Kingsbury Grade. Near the top of the mountain pass, Katie Hall attacked the diminished peloton, and only Tayler Wiles could follow. Brodie initially dropped off the chase group but remained steady up the climb and gained back ground, passing three riders over the crest and battling three others for position on the descent. On the final climb, Brodie fought for the podium and finished 5th on the stage.
On her result, Brodie said, “My teammates were flawless in piloting me to the base of the climb, reminding me to remain calm (and patient!). I really had to trust myself, my preparation and tell myself I could do it. Being that close to podium is encouraging, but also frustrating! The altitude certainly means you have to be careful where you apply your effort, and now that I know the conditions and what it takes to be in the mix at the Amgen Tour of California, I’m looking forward to another crack at this race next year.”
The final stage in Sacramento was a flat and fast circuit race. In an attempt to go for the green jersey, Shannon and Kendall picked up points in the intermediate sprint, temporarily securing the green jersey for Kendall. An unfortunate mishap in the final 700 meters prevented Kendall from sprinting for a second stage win. The bunch-sprint finish locked in the overall placing for the team from the day prior, with Brodie in 5th, Alison Jackson (CAN) 13th and Alice Cobb (GBR) 19th.
“Competing in a World Tour race here in California is exciting, even better when we’re able to secure top results in front of home crowds,” said Linda Jackson, Founder of Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank. “It was great having some of our local supporters cheering us on during the three days of racing, and I couldn’t be happier for Kendall, Brodie and the whole team. Our results this week showed Kendall’s ability to sprint at the world tour level and Brodie’s ability to climb at the world tour level. Both incredible finishes were the result of really solid team-work; I just couldn’t be happier with the team’s progression this year.”
Next up, the team will be racing the Winston Salem Cycling Classic Memorial Day Weekend.