The women's time trials were held Monday. The 12.5 mile route fielded a group of twenty women who competed for the fastest time. Two of yesterday's top three finishers participated in the race (sans Coryn Rivera who finished in second place on Sunday). Stage One's circuit race winner Carmen Small of Team Specialized-lululemon and third place finalist Brianna Walle of Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies were amongst the riders. The time trials started as scheduled at 11:10 A.M. with each rider leaving the starting stage in one minute intervals.
The race was fast and exciting as the cyclists had to deal with the very warm temperatures that grew warmer and warmer throughout the day. Wind was not a factor unlike Sunday's stage. After fifty-seven minutes of racing, Alison Powers of the United Health Care Pro Cycling Team won the time trials recording a 27:20.65 finish. Brianna Walle of Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies Team came in second place with a time of 27:41.94 and Tayler Wiles from Specialized-lululemon finished in third at 27:45.99 and yesterday's winner and fellow teammate Carmen Small fell to seventh at 28:21.86.
After covering the women cyclists for the first two stages of the Tour of California I hope that they are brought back next year. They put on a tremendous show of athletic skill and competition. There was never a dull moment during their entire race. If you would like to learn more about the Amgen women's cyclists please visit http://amgentourofcalifornia.com/competition/womens-races