Oakley's 17-Year-Old Coryn Rivera Wins Sacremento Grand Prix

Coryn TOC Sac GP

Oakley’s Coryn Rivera outpaced a heavily contested bunch sprint to take the victory at the Sacremento Grand Prix Sunday. Fresh off a European stint with the U.S. National Team, the second-year pro astounded the onlookers with her stage 1 win at the Amgen Tour of California.

The 17-year-old won the dash to the line ahead of Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita-Baci) and Joelle Numainville (Webcor Builders) in third.

“I had the perfect lead-out and this was the perfect race,” Rivera said. “It was a long finish and there was a lot going on. I have to say thanks to the whole team because their hard work paid off.”

The long finishing straight made it difficult to judge where to start the sprint. Rivera sat protected by her teammates as the race blasted to the finish line, followed by Vzesniauskaite and Numainville, who were several wheels back.

“The team did really well watching the attacks and when it came down to the last three or four laps, everyone was next to each other,” said Rivera. “With one to go, Ruth (Corsett) lit the fire, a little too hard, but by the backside, it all came back together and then smoothly to the finish line.”

The professional women’s single-day criterium was held in conjunction with stage one of the men’s Amgen Tour of California. The 2.5 kilometer circuit started and finished on the same line as the men’s race, two hours earlier. This is the first year that the women’s race has been held on the streets of Sacramento, after traditionally being staged in Santa Rosa.

Author

Erin Edwards

Date

May 19, 2010