Golden, CO–Team TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air’s Kristin Armstrong (below) claimed the 2015 and inaugural USA Pro Challenge taking the three-day event in wire-to-wire fashion. The 2x World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist used her TT’ing prowess to take yellow on day one although it was anything but easy. Kristin was pressed hard by rising star and teammate Allie Dragoo who propelled her DA1 to within 1/100th of a second of Kristin’s winning time over the 8.5mi course.
Day 2 was a 58mi stage from Loveland to Fort Collins which saw a small elite group separate themselves from the rest–a group which included Kristin and teammate Lauren Komanski. Lauren and Kristin took second and third respectively in their dash for line, and gave both a finishing time with the leaders which protected the overall race lead.
The last day was a one hour circuit race held on a 1.5mi loop in Golden and for Team TWENTY16 it was all about protecting the front and the finish. As predicted it came down to a sprint with Lauren Hall getting edged out by Coryn Rivera for the stage win and Team TWENTY16 and Kristin Armstrong share top team and individual honors.
In men’s racing, the ever-present Hincapie Racing went elbow to elbow with a stacked field including several WorldTour squads and as has become customary for these young men, they were consistently in the action. After seven tough days and almost 24hrs of racing the highlight reel included Toms Skujins who finished 8th overall; Dion Smith as 4th in the “Best Young Rider” competition; a “Most Aggressive Rider” award for Robbie Squire on Stage 4; and the team taking 3rd in the overall team competition.
For complete men’s and women’s results log on to: http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/the-competition/standings-results
Both Hincapie Racing and Team TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air now set their sights on the 2015 UCI World Road Championships being held in Richmond, VA (Sep 19-27, 2015), only the second time the US has ever hosted the Road Worlds, the last time being in Colorado Springs, CO in 1986.