The Garneau Factory Team is headed to the Winston Salem Cycling Classic on April 18th for one of the only two UCI women’s events in North America. The women will race a 7 mile circuit covering over 50 miles on Friday starting at 9:30am.
Saturday the sights turn to Crit racing. With team rider Joanie Caron currently sitting 3rd Overall in the USA Crits series and the team 4th Overall in the NCC Team Standings tune in for the action when the Pro Women race at 4:45 pm.
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Cheryl Fuller Muller
Anne Perry (Guest riding from DNA cycling)
GARNEAU Factory Team came with 4 riders: Cheryl Fuller-Muller, Jenny Rios, Joanie Caron and Vanessa Drigo. Attacks came early and Joanie soon bridged-up to a two-rider breakaway up the road with Colavita and Pepper Palace.
The break was eventually brought back as Colavita wasn’t happy with the composition of the break. There were several attacks after that from different teams including a Carolina Masters rider soloing at the front for several laps after going for a prime. However, nothing would stick. With 15 lap to go Joanie had just brought back a dangerous attack when a prime was called. Vanessa attacked from mid-pack on the last corner and cashed in the prime.
With 13 laps remaining it was clear that the winner would come from a field sprint. Both Jenny and Cheryl took hard pulls at the front when the race slowed down to make sure It remained safe for our sprinters.
It allowed Vanessa and Joanie to focus on keeping a good position in the top 10. Unfortunately they lost each others wheels with 2 laps to go. When it came down to the sprint all of our riders were able to avoid the crash out of the last corner with a 6th position for Vanessa, 8th Joanie, 21st Jenny and 22nd Cheryl!