Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 came to the San Rafael Twilight Criterium with a plan. The plan was to attack and keep attacking, allowing Coryn Rivera to easily win from a bunch sprint. Martina Patella (Red Racing) finished in second and Mary-Ellen Ash (Metromint Cycling) in third.
The race began with Rivera teammates Tayler Wiles and Alison Tetrick Starnes attacking from the start. Swiss Road Race Champion, Pascale Schnider was forced to mark all of TWENTY12’s moves. Team Vanderkitten-Focus’ Vanessa Drigo and Jennifer Reither were also active marking TWENTY12’s attacks. No breaks were ever allowed making the bunch sprint finish inevitable.
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Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12). “My team did a lot of work for me. The plan was to attack and keep attacking. Tayler worked so hard and set me up nicely. I came around the last corner and just went for the win.”
Martina Patella (Red Racing). “It was really fast and strung out the whole race. There were a lot of attacks from Peanut Butter, Red Racing, Webcor and Metromint. I think Taylor Wiles attacked the field with six laps to go. She stayed off the front for three laps by herself. It was 50-50 whether she was going to be able to stay away. I hedged my bets toward a bunch sprint. That last lap I tried to stay near the front. This a great course for those last minute attacks. Peanut Butter had a very good lead out. I got right on Coryn’s wheel. Coryn was just faster than me on that last corner. It was a great sprint and I was very happy to finish second because it’s a world-class field. Pascale Schnider had her hands full covering Peanut Butter. Pascale has the horsepower to do a phenomenal sprint but she had been working all race. I knew that Coryn would be the one to watch.”
Mary-Ellen Ash (Metromint Cycling). “On the last lap, on the backside, it was a full on sprint for the last corner. Coryn actually told Starnes to attack about halfway down the hill. She was yelling, “Go, Go, Go!” I was lucky to get behind Martina into the final corner. It was then just holding on and hope no one comes by me. It was pretty epic. I have come up against Coryn once before and she is just on a different level. She can just inch away from you. You can be on the verge of catching her, but she can goes to one extra gear. I don’t know how she does it.”
Top 10 Women Results (Complete Results)
1. Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co.TWENTY12)
2. Martina Patella (Red Racing)
3. Mary Ellen Ash (Metromint Cycling)
4. Pascale Maria Schnider ()
5. Megan Melack (RED Racing)
6. Jane Robertson (Metromint Cycling)
7. Starla Teddergreen (Vanderkitten)
8. Emily Thurston (Touchstone Climbing & Fitness)
9. Mary Elizabeth Maroon (Webcor/Alto Velo)
10. Vanessa Drigo (Team Vanderkitten)