Call it the Sacramento Speedway. No-holds barred racing for split seconds. At stake? Victory at the inaugural Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM.
Going into Sunday’s final stage, a circuit race in Sacramento, American Lauren Komanski of Twenty16 p/b SHO-AIR led German Trixi Worrack of Velocio-SRAM by just 3 seconds. Canadian Leah Kirchmann of Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, winner of Stage 2, also was fighting for the overall win. The mountains and altitude of Lake Tahoe were behind them, and the road ahead held several crucial sprint time bonuses as well as the final ferocious dash to the finish.
Worrack, helped by teammates, swept the first three of four time sprints on the course and finished fourth on the stage in front of the fan-packed circuit in Sacramento on the day the men’s Amgen Tour of California kicked off. Worrack’s effort earned her the overall title in the inaugural three day, 158 mile stage race.
Kirchmann took the final sprint for her second straight stage win, securing first place in the points competition and second overall. Komanski placed third overall, giving SRAM-supported athletes a sweep of the overall podium. SRAM teams also took the top three places in the team classification with Twenty16 p/b SHO-AIR placing first followed by Velocio-SRAM second and Optum Pro Cycling.
Velocio-SRAM, Twenty16 and Optum all depend on SRAM RED 22 components.
Also at the women’s race, SRAM Neutral Race Support had every athlete covered for every meter of racing with SRAM-equipped bikes and Zippp wheels at the ready.
SRAM congratulates Worrack, Kirchmann, Komanski and their teams for their achievements in this historic race.
Watch for more great women’s racing Thursday at the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Invitational Time Trial Empowered with SRAM
All photos © Wil Matthews Photography