Alia Shafi (Fount Biking) gained the uphill stage 3 time trial at Joe Martin Stage Race on Saturday. The one rider to interrupt the 11-minute mark, Shafi coated the 4.8km route in 10:58 beating runner-up Lauren Stephens (EF Training-TIBCO-SVB) by 4 seconds and Laurel Quinones (Virginia’s Blue Ridge-Twenty24) by seven seconds.
“It was robust. I used to be simply considering of all of the quick ladies behind me and I didn’t wish to decelerate and have them catch me so I simply put my head down,” Shafi stated on the end.
It was the primary UCI win for Shafi, who’s racing her inaugural highway season.
”It’s been robust. That is solely my second large race. Racing with the perfect within the U.S. is absolutely inspiring, it’s been nice. Studying lots,” added Shafi who completed ninth total on the Redlands Bicycle Basic earlier this yr
Total chief Stephens elevated her result in 1:17 over her closest competitor Emily Ehrlich (Virginia’s Blue Ridge-Twenty24) forward of the finale stage 4 in Fayetteville on Sunday. Emilie Fortin (Cynisca Biking) dropped one spot to 3rd within the common classification at 1:29 again.
“Alia Shafi, congratulations in your win. I used to be simply behind by a couple of seconds and holding onto the lead,” Stephens stated.
On an attractive calm sunny day, 95 riders confronted a twisty 4.8-kilometre course within the Satan’s Den State Park with a mean grade of 5 per cent.
The 77th rider to begin, Shafi needed to wait till all of the GC contenders have been completed to have fun her victory. The Seattle-based rider moved as much as fifth total, at 3:28 down.
Quinones, who completed third on the time trial on the Redlands Bicycle Basic, can also be racing her first full highway season. “It glided by lots faster than I assumed it might. It was a reasonably quick TT. Good and scorching, it felt like I did a reasonably good effort,” she stated. I actually like climbing so it was good to have a extra uphill TT right this moment to present it a strive, I’ve by no means actually carried out one thing like that.”
The Joe Martin Stage Race concludes on Sunday with a criterium in Fayetteville, going down on a technical 1.2-mile course with an uphill part resulting in the beginning/end line.
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