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Your Tuesday Daily News Digest
The UnitedHealthcare teams dominated the racing at the Alabama Cycling Classic, taking wins in both the men’s and women’s McClellan road races on Sunday, and the women also winning Saturday’s Sunny King Criterium.
UHC’s Ruth Winder took the women’s road race win in a two-up sprint ahead of Krista Doebel-Hickock (Cylance) while Winder’s teammate Diana Penuela took the group sprint for third. In addition to second Doebel-Hickock took home the QOM prize.
The men’s race saw a large group of around 20 form early after the first time up the KOM climb — featuring grades up to 18 percent near the top — that would essentially become the peloton for the next three laps of the course. Eventually that group whittled down to 13 on the final lap with UnitedHealthcare and Rally attacking each other on the uncategorised climb back to the finish inside the final 10km.
Eventually Colombian Daniel Jaramillo Diez (UnitedHealthcare) and Emerson Oronte (Rally) separated themselves from the group and sprinted for the win, with Diez getting the better of Oronote. Though initially dropped from the group inside the final 10km, former US champion Eric Marcotte (Cylance) made it back and sprinted for third.
The Sunny King Criterium, now in its 15th year, was won by Lauren Hall (UnitedHealthcare) on the women’s side, and a crash-filled men’s race was won by John Murphy (Holowesko-Citadel).