Marlies Mejias (Virginia’s Blue Ridge-TWENTY24) gained stage 4 on the forty sixth Walmart Joe Martin Stage Race on Sunday. The Cuban rider gained the dash to the road forward of Skylar Schneider (L39ION of Los Angeles) and Sarah Van Dam (DNA Professional Biking) in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Lauren Stephens (EF Schooling-TIBCO-SVB) completed fifth within the criterium finale and secured the general title forward of Emily Ehrlich (Virginia’s Blue Ridge-TWENTY24) and Emilie Fortin (Cynisca Biking).
“It was superb. I began racing my profession right here at Joe Martin in 2009, possibly within the [cat] 3/4 race, and I gained there. I gained a few different occasions nevertheless it’s been a very long time so I’m actually excited,” Stephens stated.
The ultimate stage of the Joe Martin Stage Race was a 16-lap criterium held on a technical 1.2km course with an uphill end in Fayetteville. With solely 4 riders left, EF Schooling-TIBCO-SVB was capable of defend stage 2 winner and total race chief Stephens on the difficult criterium.
“My workforce simply rode extremely at present. We weren’t capable of begin with Emma [Langley] at present, there have been 4 and we rode like there have been seven,” Stephens added.
Lively all through the stage, Ehrlich simply claimed the primary dash for factors and bonuses forward of Schneider and Stephens.
With 10 laps to go, time trial winner and revelation Alia Shafi (Fount Biking) took a flyer to gather the primary QOM factors and was joined on the subsequent lap by Schneider looking for factors. Nevertheless, after splitting the second intermediate factors, the duo was reeled in quickly after underneath the impetus of the DNA-led subject.
Lap after lap, the tempo ramped up dropping riders off the again within the largest ladies’s subject to compete on the 46-year historical past of the Joe Martin Stage Race.
The sphere was all along with two laps to go, with L39ION of Los Angeles, EF Schooling-TIBCO-SVB, DNA Professional Biking and Miami Nights attempting to get management to prepare for the anticipated bunch dash.
Mejias outkicked stage 1 winner Schneider and greatest younger rider Van Dam for the victory.
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