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Leah Kirchmann wins Stage 3, Trixi Worrack takes overall title in women’s Tour of California

pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Trixi Worrack of Germany claimed the overall title and Canadian Leah Kirchmann claimed her second consecutive stage Sunday in the concluding third stage of the women’s Amgen Tour of California.

Kirchmann (Optum-Kelly Benefit), who rode to a single-file solo win in Stage 2 in South Lake Tahoe, moved to the front within the final 100 meters and won in a massive sprint in the 34-mile Sacramento Criterium around Capitol Park in 1 hour, 16 minutes and 4 seconds.

Worrack, (Velocio-SRAM), the 33-year-old former national road titlist known for her powerful sprints, finished fourth in the stage and claimed the overall title by 5 seconds over Kirchmann after gaining mid-race bonus seconds in all three of the intermediate sprints.

Lauren Komanski (Twenty16) of Winston-Salem, N.C., who began the final stage with a 3-second race lead over Worrack, finished sixth in the stage and placed third overall.

Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) of Great Britain was second in the final stage. Erica Allar (Colavita-Bianchi) of Tucson, Ariz., was third.

A field of 81 cyclists on 14 teams from 15 countries began the inaugural event Friday in South Lake Tahoe in chilly conditions (41 degrees) and overcast skies.

Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) of Oakland won Stage 1 and held the lead by 3 seconds. Sunday’s final stage began with 64 riders who negotiated 17 laps with temperatures in the lows 60s and a periodic 10 mph wind.

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