Hannah Barnes – Best Young Rider California


Hannah Barnes sprints to 2nd and secures Best Young Rider Jersey on final stage of Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race

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Hannah Barnes – Best Young Rider California

The women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team concluded the three-stage Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race today, circling the State Capitol in downtown Sacramento.



With multiple time bonuses available throughout the 17-lap circuit race, the pace started fast and remained aggressive for the entire the 34-mile stage. The top teams covered attacks dutifully, keeping the speeds high and the peloton intact over the first several laps.

With 9 laps to go, an intermediate sprint caused some separation, a move followed by Team UnitedHealthcare rider Linda Villumsen. After the intermediate sprint subsided, the peloton was back together but strung out due to lifting pace and increasing intensity.

Solo attacks would attempt to clear the group over the final laps, but the full peloton came to the line for the final bunch sprint. The UnitedHealthcare Blue Train put their support behind Hannah Barnes, who sprinted onto the podium with a 2nd place result.


With the final podium, Barnes secured the best young rider’s white jersey for the race, a category she led from the start on stage 1. “It was good to start the stage race with Katie’s win in Tahoe, and then it was really good, aggressive racing the rest of the event so I’m proud to take the white jersey for the team,” said Barnes, reflecting on the 3 days of racing.

After winning the opening stage, Katie Hall rode stage 2 in possession of the overall race leader’s yellow jersey, and finished the race in 4th overall.  Sporting director Rachel Heal commented on the team’s performance throughout the race, “I’m really proud of how the girls have ridden all week. To take the first-ever yellow jersey in the Amgen tour of California Women’s Race was fantastic”.



“They’ve really risen to the challenge this week and to get a podium on today’s final stage as well as take the young riders jersey shows their competitiveness on this international stage.” The racing resumes for the women on Friday, May 15th with the 15.1-mile individual time trial around Big Bear Lake, in which Laura Brown and Linda Villumsen will represent the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.
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