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After a brief break, the UCI Women’s World Tour continues this weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and we will be streaming the action LIVE right here on Ella.
Nineteen teams are scheduled to line up for the Philadelphia Cycling Classic, on Sunday June 5, among them eight American teams. It’s the final UCIWWT event in North America, and for many of these American teams, it’s a rare chance to compete against the world’s best. See the full list of participating teams here.
The 118.7-kilometer (73.8-mile) road race is held on Sunday, June 5, in the north of Philadelphia.
The start of the women’s race will be at 12:30 p.m. EDT with the finish expected between 3:27 and 3:42 p.m. EDT.
Both the men’s and women’s race will be live streamed, starting at 12:30 p.m. EDT (6:30 p.m. CET or 2:30 a.m. AEST on June 6).
The 2016 Philadelphia Cycling Classic race action starts with the men’s race at 8:00 a.m. EDT, a race which is part of the UCI America Tour. The men will ride the 19.8-kilometer (12.3-mile) lap nine times, totalling their race at 178.2 kilometers (110.7 miles).
The Women’s WorldTour race will follow later that day on the same 19.8-kilometer lap, which they will take on six times.
The route is undulating, with two climbs on the circuit. Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park is the more difficult climb of the two, and with the peloton taking it on six times, it could be the decisive part of the race.
All previous winners of this race are Guarnier’s teammates. While last year’s winner Lizzie Armitstead doesn’t travel to Philadelphia, Evelyn Stevens does take to the start. She won this race both in 2013 and 2014, then riding for team Specialized-lululemon. The circuit with the two climbs suits Guarnier better, but Stevens sure is a contender too.
Although not likely, if the race ends with a bunch sprint, look for Coryn Rivera. The United Healthcare rider finished third in the Winstom Salem Cycling Classic road race earlier this week and won the Joe Martin Stage Race p/b Nature Valley back in April. She also sprinted with the best at the Amgen Tour of California, finishing top 10 overall and fourth in the points classification.
Other riders to watch will be last year’s podium finishers Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) and Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM).
If you’re looking for a surprise winner, direct your attention towards Lex Albrecht (BePink), number eight of last year, or Brianna Walle (Team Tibco-SVB), finishing just outside top 10 in the 2015 Philly Cycling Classic and taking fourth in both US national championships last week.
As the Philadelphia Cycling Classic is part of the Women’s WorldTour, it’s important to keep in mind the standings in the classifications. The Philly Cycling Classic makes up the ninth round in this event.
Guarnier took over the leader’s jersey of teammate Armitstead after winning California and it’s now Emma Johansson (Wiggle-High5) in second place, just ahead of Armitstead in third.
None of the top three in the young rider classification will start in Philadelphia, so there’s the possibility for numbers four Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) and nine Sheyla Gutierrez (Cylance Pro Cycling) to move up a place or two.
Women’s WorldTour standings ahead of the Philly Cycling Classic
1. Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) – 504 points
2. Emma Johansson (Wiggle-High5) – 398 points
3. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) – 368 points
Young rider classification
1. Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) – 24 points
2. Floortje Mackaij (Liv-Plantur) – 12 points
3. Jip van den Bos (Parkhotel Valkenburg) – 10 points
1. Boels-Dolmans – 1564 points
2. Wiggle-High5 – 954 points
3. Rabo-Liv – 860 points
The Ella coverage
Team Tibco-SVB will be doing an Ella Instagram takeover and rider Kendall Ryan will be providing us with a rider diary after the race. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and return to website to follow along!