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.