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April 18/18 15:06 pm - Tour of the Gila: Stage 1, men and women's results, report and photos

Posted by Editoress on 04/18/18

The 32nd annual Tour of the Gila began Wednesday with the return of the hill top finish on Mogollon. Canel's Specialized Oscar Sanchez shattered the breakaway with a strong solo attack in the final kilometres that only Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) who finished second, could follow. A surprise finish for third place by Alex Evans (Mobius Bridgewaylane) rounded the podium.

"This win is very important for me because I arrived here with very little racing form," Sanchez said. "For my first race of the season, racing against teams that already have various competitions that they've done and have better form, for me is something that gives me confidence for what lies ahead in this race. I feel strong and I have a team that's behind me 100%."

The day began with Canel's Ignacio "Nacho" Prado attacking out of the field shortly after the start at kilometre zero. Prado quickly gained a minute lead, that would soon expand to 5 minutes. The National Time Trial Champion of Mexico settled into a solo break that would last over 60 miles of the stage before getting caught. A two-man chase group includied Michael Hernandez (Aevolo) and Carlos Brenes (Costa Rica) chased for most of the day, by the time they caught Prado, team orders forced them to sit up and return to the field. Returning champs, Rally Cycling, were left to drive the peloton, helping to set up Britton for the finishing climb.


de Vos working for Rob Britton

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"We weren't going to get any help from anyone else so we just took the bull by the horns," Britton said. "It's what we're good at. I was going as hard as I could go. I had Adam (de Vos) riding the whole plateau pretty much full gas. He did a lot of damage which was perfect to set me up with the best position possible. I decided to go once we hit the climb and never looked back."

Sanchez heads into Stage 2 holding the leaders jersey, as well as the KOM jersey. After scoring top points in both bonus sprints of the day, Prado will wear the sprinter classification jersey. Evans holds the lead for Best Young Rider.


Other Canadian finishers in the top 20 included James Piccoli (Elevate-KHS) in 5th at 1:36 back, Nickolas Zukowsky (Silber Pro Cycling) 11th at 2:03 back and Jack Burke (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 15th at 2:22 back.


Shortly before the men's finish, Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) continued her winning streak at Joe Martin with a victory atop Mogollon for stage 1. Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling) finishing 8 seconds behind. Edwige  Pitel of QCW Cycling finished third.

"I feel I'm on form right now and it feels really good," Hall said. "I felt pretty bad going up that last climb because we were crawling for a long time and that always makes me feel bad. You don't put out a lot of power so you just get tired. I felt terrible, but probably so did everyone else so I had to give it a try. It was a success."



Sara Poidevin finishing 2nd



Women's podium: Pitel, Hall, Poidevin

The race saw calm winds for the first time in years for Stage 1, which helped keep the field together for the majority of the day. UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling and Rally Cycling took over once the race made the last turn heading into the climb for the finish.  Poidevin now leads the Best Young Rider classification, happy to return to the Gila after missing last year's edition due to injury.

"I'm really excited to race Gila," Poidevin said. "I was really bummed to miss out on it last year. We have a strong team here."

Katie Hall is in red for stage 2 and leading the Queen of the Mountain classification. Erika Varela (Team Conade-Specialized) will wear the green SkyWest Media Sprinters jersey.


Other Canadian finishers in the top 20 included Jasmin Duehring (Sho - Air TWENTY20) 7th at 1:54 back, and Kirsti Lay (Rally Cycling) 12th at 2:32.


Tour of the Gila



Results from the first stage of the Tour of the Gila in Silver City, New Mexico.

Women Stage 1: Mogollon Road Race, 114.3km  
1 Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Womens Team 3:39:36
2 Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling Women at 0:08
3 Edwige Pitel (Fra) QCWomen 0:12
4 Marcela Prieto (Mex) Swapit Agolico 1:25
5 Leah Thomas (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Womens Team 1:35
6 Diana Penuela (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Womens Team s.t.
7 Jasmin Duehring (Can) Sho - Air TWENTY20 1:54
8 Veronica Leal (Mex) Conade-Specialized 2:14
9 Ariadna Gutierrez (Mex) Conade-Specialized s.t.
10 Justine Barrow (Aus) Roxsolt 2:23
11 Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho - Air TWENTY20 2:32
12 Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling Women s.t.
13 Abigail Mickey (USA) Rally Cycling Women 2:45
14 Jennifer Luebke (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team 2.2.
15 Brenda Andrea Santoyo (Mex) Swapit Agolico 3:17
16 Anet Barrera (Mex) Swapit Agolico 3:20
17 Stefanie Sydlik (USA) QCWomen
18 Andrea Ramirez (Mex) Swapit Agolico both s.t.
19 Chloe Dygert (USA) Sho - Air TWENTY20 3:33
20 Sérika Guluma (Col) Team Colombia 3:36
21 Tarah Cole (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team 3:49
22 Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Cycling Women s.t.
23 Yenny Colmenares (Col) Team Colombia 3:58
24 Shayna Powless (USA) Sho - Air TWENTY20 s.t.
25 Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team 4:02
26 Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling Women 4:13
27 Elizabeth Banks (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Womens Team 4:20
28 Maria Jose Vargas (CRc) Swapit Agolico 4:39
29 Kristina Vrouwenvelder (USA) ALP Cycles Racing 4:49
30 Manuela Escobar (Col) ALP Cycles Racing 4:57
31 Renata Bucher (Sui) Roxsolt 5:19
32 Jessica Parra (Col) Servetto - Stradalli Cycle - Alurecycling 5:22
33 Lori Nedescu (USA) QCWomen 5:27
34 Erica Clevenger (USA) Sho - Air TWENTY20 5:29
35 Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team 5:34
36 Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team s.t.
37 Ana María Hernández (Mex) Conade-Specialized 5:54
38 Deborah Paine (NZl) Roxsolt 6:05
39 Emma Lujan (Can) QCWomen 6:08
40 Lizbeth Salazar (Mex) Swapit Agolico 6:22
41 Angie Sanabria (Col) 6:47
42 Starla Teddergreen (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team 7:16
43 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) s.t.
44 Lauretta Hanson (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Womens Team 7:20
45 Amber Pierce (USA) 7:46
46 Caitlin Laroche (USA) 8:22
47 Erika Varela (Mex) 8:27
48 Julyn Aguila (Mex)
49 Jannie Milena Salcedo (COl) both s.t.
50 Lauren Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Womens Team 8:35
51 Emily Rodger (Can) s.t.
52 Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling Women 9:08
53 Kasey Mcevoy (USA) 11:15
54 Ellie Wood (USA) 11:52


Men Stage 1: Mogollon Road Race, 148 km
1 Oscar Sanchez  (Col) Canel's-Specialized 3:42:41
2 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling at 0:07
3 Alexander Evans (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane 0:58
4 Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 1:11
5 Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally Cycling 1:26
6 James Piccoli (Can) Elevate-KHS 1:36
7 Isaiah Newkirk (USA) 303 Project 1:40
8 Lachlan Norris (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 1:44
9 Luis Ricardo Villalobos Hernandez (Mex) Aevolo 1:53
10 Eduardo Corte Cordero (Mex) Canel's-Specialized 2:01
11 Nickolas Zukowsky (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 2:03
12 Cory Lockwood (USA) Pacific Premier Bank 2:09
13 Janier Alexis Acevedo Calle (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 2:11
14 Sean Bennett (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon 2:20
15 Jack Burke (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 2:22
16 Thomas Revard (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon 2:28
17 Eder Frayre Moctezuma (Mex) Elevate-KHS s.t.
18 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 2:37
19 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 2:42
20 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling s.t.
21 Sean Gardner (USA) Gateway-Harley Davidson 2:48
22 Samuel Boardman (USA) Support Clean Sport/Guttenplan Coaching 2:50
23 Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane
24 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Elevate-KHS both s.t.
25 Ben Foster (USA) Support Clean Sport/Guttenplan Coaching 3:05
26 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling 3:07
27 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling s.t.
28 Brett Rindt (USA) Team Rio Grande 3:22
29 Flavio De Luna (Mex) 303 Project 3:29
30 Cormac McGeough (Irl) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 3:32
31 Efren Santos Moreno (Mex) Canel's-Specialized 3:34
32 Fernando Islas Lopez (Mex) Aevolo s.t.
33 Alex Hoehn (USA) Aevolo 3:49
34 Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro s.t.
35 Mauro Rato Castrillo (Esp) Team Rio Grande 3:51
36 Griffin Easter (USA) 303 Project 3:54
37 Jean-Denis Thibault (Can) H&R Block Pro 3:59
38 Christopher Blevins (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
39 Jeison Elias Vega Solano (CRc) Team Costa Rica 4:02
40 David Greif (USA) Team Rio Grande 4:08
41 Brett Wachtendorf (USA) Gateway-Harley Davidson 4:10
42 Ed Anderson (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon 4:18
43 Kip Taylor (USA) Team Rio Grande 4:20
44 Ethan Berends (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane s.t.
45 Zachary Nehr (USA) Team California 4:23
46 Cyrus Pearo (USA) Team Rio Grande 4:34
47 Gerardo Vicente Medina Robles (Mex) Team California 4:47
48 Michael Gearren II (USA) Cyclus Sports 4:54
49 Roman Villalobos (CRc) Canel's-Specialized 4:56
50 Aria Kiani (And) Support Clean Sport/Guttenplan Coaching 4:59
51 Jason Saltzman (USA) Aevolo 5:03
52 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 5:05
53 Daniel Jaramillo  (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 5:18
54 Pablo Mudarra  (CRc) Team Costa Rica 5:25
55 Matthew Zimmer (USA) Gateway-Harley Davidson 5:42
56 Brian Sanchez (CRc) Team Costa Rica s.t.
57 Justin Prior (USA) Support Clean Sport/Guttenplan Coaching 5:50
58 Leonel Palma Dajui (Mex) Canel's-Specialized 5:56
59 Graydon Staples (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 6:01
60 Winston David (USA) Cyclus Sports 6:15
61 Daniel Lausin (USA) Gateway-Harley Davidson 6:30
62 Jake Cullen (Can) Support Clean Sport/Guttenplan Coaching 6:34
63 Luke Mudgway (NZl) H&R Block Pro 6:47
64 Bernat Font Mas (Esp) 303 Project s.t.
65 Enrique Serrato (Mex) Team California 6:54
66 Connor Sallee (USA) Cyclus Sports 6:58
67 Cullen Easter (USA) 303 Project 7:00
68 Cooper Rombold (USA) Team California 7:12
69 Oliver Evans (Can) H&R Block Pro s.t.
70 Timothy Savre (USA) Team Rio Grande 7:23
71 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
72 Spencer Downing (USA) Gateway-Harley Davidson both s.t.
73 Kevin Girkins (USA) Elevate-KHS 7:33
74 Ian Garrison (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon 7:47
75 Benjamin Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
76 Michael Rice (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon
77 Cole Davis (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon
78 Leo Yip (HKg) Team California
79 Parker Kyzer (USA) Cyclus Sports
80 Curtis White (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
81 Dylan Newbery (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane
82 Travis Samuel (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
83 Danick Vandale (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
84 Dennis Ramirez (USA) Gateway-Harley Davidson
85 Oliver Flautt (USA) Cyclus Sports all s.t.
86 Joseph Bacala (USA) Pacific Premier Bank 7:58
87 Adam Roberge (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 8:08
88 Rex Roberts (USA) Pacific Premier Bank 8:16
89 Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
90 Lukas Conly (Can) Support Clean Sport/Guttenplan Coaching both s.t.
91 Jose Alfredo Rodriguez  (Mex) Elevate-KHS 8:29
92 Rolando Gonzalez (CRc) 303 Project 8:51
93 Pier Andre Cote (Can) Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
94 Thomas Wavrin (USA) Pacific Premier Bank 9:13
95 Miguel Antonio Santillanes  (Mex) Support Clean Sport/Guttenplan Coaching s.t.
96 Daniel Jara (CRc) Team Costa Rica 9:33
97 Callum Gordon (NZl) Team California 9:35
98 Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo 9:39
99 Cristhian Ravelo (Col) 303 Project 10:39
100 Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane s.t.
101 Samuel Bassetti (USA) Elevate-KHS 10:54
102 Aden Reynolds (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane 11:02
103 Ricky Randall (USA) Cyclus Sports s.t.
104 Jameson Ribbens (USA) Team Rio Grande 11:31
105 Adam de Vos (Can) Rally Cycling 11:43
106 Jose Alfredo Santoyo (Mex) Canel's-Specialized 12:30
107 Gage Hecht (USA) Aevolo 12:41
108 Jayson Valade (Fra) H&R Block Pro 12:47
109 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 12:56
110 Michael Hernandez (USA) Aevolo
111 George Simpson (USA) Elevate-KHS
112 Anthony Fitch (USA) Pacific Premier Bank all s.t.
113 Eric Young (USA) Rally Cycling 15:09
114 Alexis Cartier (Can) H&R Block Pro 15:12
115 Conor O'Brien (Can) H&R Block Pro s.t.
116 Joseph Garey (USA) Pacific Premier Bank 15:30
117 Brad Evans (NZl) Mobius Bridgelane 16:06
118 Isaac Morera (CRc) Team Costa Rica 16:41
119 Juan Enrique Aldapa (Mex) Pacific Premier Bank 17:00
120 Carlos Andres Brenes (CRc) Team Costa Rica 20:38
121 Brad Huff (USA) Rally Cycling 20:40
122 Ignacio Prado (Mex) Canel's-Specialized 24:08
123 Jose Andres Vega (CRc) Team Costa Rica 28:49
DNS Rupert Cox (USA) Team California



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