Rivera punches ticket to Richmond World Championships with Silver medal sprint
While her teammates were wearing the blue and white of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team on the shores of South Lake Tahoe in Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race, Coryn Rivera was representing the team along with her country at the 2015 Pan American Championship Road Race in Leon, Mexico.
Team USA set out to reduce the field with a blistering pace over the first few 10-kilometer laps of the 100-kilometer race, but with World Championship selection spots on the line, the immensely strong international field was able to stay intact. From there, the American riders launched attack after attack, but ultimately rallied around young sprinter Coryn Rivera for the inevitable field sprint. “Unfortunately, Lauren Hall crashed midway through the race and we were down one rider. Attacks were going throughout the race, but it was evident that the race was going to come down to a field sprint,” said Rivera of the day’s dynamic racing, “The girls took control on the front with Tayler taking a huge pull and Carmen delivering me for the sprint finish.”
Rivera unleashed her famous UnitedHealthcare Blue Train sprint, finishing just behind race winner Malies Meijias (CUBA) and earning the silver medal for USA. Rivera’s result earned more than a coveted medal in a prestigious international championship race; the podium finish earned a slot on Team USA at the 2015 UCI World Championships in Richmond, Virginia this September. Giving thanks to her Team USA companions, Rivera commented, “Though a win would have been sweeter, I am still happy today with a podium after all the hard work Tayler Wiles and Carmen Small did for me. Great teamwork today and I owe it to the girls for delivering me on the podium!"