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    Cyclist go past the starting line in front of the State Capitol during the first day of the Amgen Tour of California on Sun., May 11, 2014 in Sacramento.

  • Richard Chang / rchang@sacbee.com

    Hundreds of people descended on the state Capitol Sunday morning to stake a spot in front of the start line at the Amgen Tour of California.

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    Alex Howes, of USA starts his trial of the Amgen Tour of California on Sun., May 11, 2014.

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    Cyclist line up before the start of the Amgen Tour of California in front of the State Capitol in Sacramento on Sun., May 11, 2014.

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    Fans cheer during the start of the Amgen Tour of California on Sun., May 11, 2014.

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    Juan Jose Haedo of Argentina and Matthew Goss of Australia chat before the start of the Amgen Tour of California in front of State Capitol in Sacramento on Sun., May 11, 2014.

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    Jeremy Kelley of Walnut Creek and his wife Sarah Kelley, hold large pictures of face of Peter Sagan as they cheer him on with Kourtney Brown center during the start of the Amgen Tour of California on Sun., May 11, 2014 in Sacramento.

  • Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com

    Top racers of the Amgen Tour of California are introduced on Sun., May 11, 2014 in front of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Small claims women's one-hour criterium at the Amgen Tour of California

Published: Sunday, May. 11, 2014 - 1:32 pm
Last Modified: Monday, May. 12, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Carmen Small powered to the front in the waning meters to claim the women's one-hour criterium Sunday at the Amgen Tour of California in downtown Sacramento.

Small, 34, of Durango, Colo., who rides for Specialized-lululemon, edged Coryn Rivera (United Healthcare), who won the race in Sacramento in 2010. Briana Walle (Optum) was third.

Rivera, who has won 53 junior and collegiate national titles, moved the center and made her move early in the sprint. But Small, third in the 2013 world time trial championships, started her sprint later and successfully.

The women's race began slightly more than one hour after the men's stage 1 of the eight-day stage started. Several women assumed early several-second solo breaks, but they were all absorbed quickly into the field.

There were several early crashes. The quick pace on the 1.25-mile circuit around the Capitol steadily eliminated cyclists as they fell off pace and judges waved them off the course.

A scheduled field of 20 will compete Monday in the second and final day of women's race in an individual time trial in Folsom at 11:10 a.m. The men's time trial is scheduled at 1:05 p.m. and will be held on the same 12.4-mile course.

Read more articles by James Raia



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