Sixty-two riders started the Women’s UCI Junior Road World Championship race in Offida, Italy. Situated in the heart of the Marche Region and the Province of Ascoli Piceno, Offida (5300 inhabitants) is located in the hills stretching from the Ascoli mountains to the Adriatic Sea. Part of the Riviera delle Palme tourist area.
Peanut Butter & Co.TWENTY12 rider and 32-time Junior National Champion Coryn Rivera (SRAM RED) was joined by Kaitie Antonneau, Kendall Ryan and Jessica Prinner. Coryn came away with bronze medal after some amazing team work. Three USA riders finished in the top 10, as sign that the young women of the U.S are developing quickly.
“After placing 10th in the Junior Time Trial World Championships, I went after my goal for the year which was to win the Junior Road Race World Championship.”
“The race was 5 laps of 16k with 2k climb that basically made the race. First 3 laps were pretty uneventful but the climb still whittled the field down. The team was there to protect me at all times. Kendall Ryan and Kaitie Antonneau had my back on the sketchy descents and flat sections. Lap 4 I told Jessica Prinner to watch for any attacks from Italy or France. Next thing I knew Jessica covered an Italian attack which set me up to cover the counter move by France’s Pauline Ferrand-Prevost. That move initiated the main break of 7 which included myself. I fought hard to follow the move, once I knew we had a solid gap I just had to set up for the last lap. Sorzi of Italy rolled off the front, but we could tell she was tired and wouldn’t last long, we ended up catching her on the climb where a few girls got dropped. Going into the last kilometer it was Pauline Ferrand-Prevost(FRA), Rosella Ratto(ITA), Canna Solovei(UKR), and myself. Solovei led out the sprint from 1k to go, then with 200m to go I started my sprint, I gave it my all and got the bronze medal.”
“The campaign isn’t over. I still have a points race and the omnium to compete in later this week and I will be joined by my Peanut Butter & Co.TWENTY12 teammate, Ruth Winder. I’m not leaving Italy without some rainbow stripes!”
“Biggest thanks to USA Cycling for giving my teammates and I opportunities that some people can only dream of having. Thanks to my teammates: Kendall Ryan, Kaitie Antonneau, and Jessica Prinner for racing their hearts out and giving me their 110% keeping me protected and doing the least amout of work as possible. Thanks to my parents for always supporting me in everything that I do since day 1. BIG thanks to all my sponsors for believing in me, I couldn’t have done it without your support!”
“Thank you for everything! I am so grateful of the amount of support I have around me!”
(this report courtesy of Coryn Rivera)