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Men Elite Stage 5 and Final Results
2023 TOTG UCI Men Stage 5 Daily Sprint Summary
2023 TOTG UCI Men Team Classification for Stage 5 Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG UCI Men Team Gen Classification After Stage 5 Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG UCI Men Elite Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG UCI Men Elite U23 Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG UCI Men Daily Sprint Summary Climb Stage 5
2023 TOTG UCI Men GC After Stage 5 Climbing
2023 TOTG UCI Men GC After Stage 5 UCI Men Elite U23
2023 TOTG UCI Men GC after Stage 5
2023 TOTG UCI Men GC SkyWest Media Sprint Cl after Stage 5
Women Elite Stage 5 and Overall Reults
2023 TOTG UCI Women Elite Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG UCI Women Elite U25 Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG UCI Women Elite Sprint Daily Classification Stage 5
2023 TOTG UCI Women Elite GC After Stage 5 Climb Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG UCI Women Elite GC After Stage 5 Gila Monster Road Race Sprint Cl
2023 TOTG UCI Women Elite GC After Stage 5 Sprint Cl. communique 5
2023 TOTG UCI Women Elite GC After Stage 5 UCI Women Elite U25
2023 TOTG UCI Women Elite GC After Stage 5 UCI Women Elite
2023 TOTG UCI Women Elite Stage 5 Daily Sprint Summary Climb
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2023 TOTG UCI Women Elite Team Classification for Stage 5 UCI Women
2023 TOTG UCI Women Elite Team GC After Stage 5 UCI Women Elite
USAC Final Day and Overall Results
2023 TOTG GC After Stage 2 Women Cat 4-5 Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG GC After Stage 4 Master Men B PRELIMINARY
2023 TOTG GC After Stage 4 Men Cat 4-5
2023 TOTG GC After Stage 4 Women Cat 1-2-3
2023 TOTG GC After Stage 5 Master Men A Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG Master Men A Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG Master Men B Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG Men Cat 3 GC After Stage 5 Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG Men Cat 3 Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG Men Cat 4-5 Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG Women Cat 1-2-3 Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG Master Men B Gila Monster Road Race
2023 TOTG Master Men B GC After
2023 TOTG Women Cat 4-5 PRELIMINARY
2023 TOTG Men Elite Communique After Stage 5
2023 TOTG UCI Women Elite Communique After Stage 5
UCI Men Press Release Day 5
Sevilla rides up Gila Monster to victory, Hoehn wins overall Tour of the Gila
Óscar Sevilla (Team Medellín – EPM) climbed to victory Sunday on the Gila Monster Stage 5 Tour of the Gila while his breakaway companion Alex Hoehn took the overall red leader’s jersey and solidified a win for his Above and Beyond Cancer Cycling Team.
Heiner Parra Bustamante (Canel’s – ZEROUNO) ascended his way into the polka dot king of the mountains jersey while Cade Bickmore (Project Echelon Racing) and Caleb Classen (Team California) left with the green sprint leader’s jersey and the white best young rider jersey, respectively.
But it was 46-year-old Sevilla, a Spanish and Colombian climber and former best young rider in the Tour de France, and 25-year-old Hoehn, who hails from Kansas and contended for king of the mountains at the 2019 Tour of California, battling until the finale.
“I think we gave a show today, and all the people who followed the race were very entertained and excited,” Sevilla said. “In the end, I came with Alex, a great young, strong rider, and I fought until the end, but I could only win the stage, not the overall race. But I am very happy, I think the feeling is very good. Winning is a lot of happiness for me, and second place in the general classification is also very good. So we are very happy, the whole Medellín team, very grateful to the Tour of Gila, and we will come back next year.”
Hoehn said his team’s job was to keep his teammate, the overall race leader Torbjørn Røed (Above and Beyond Cancer), safe, but things shaped up differently.
“I was supposed to mark a couple riders, Sevilla being one of them, and once he went, I went with him, and that ended up being the break of the day,” Hoehn said. “The Medellín team worked really hard and they did really well, and then I pretty much just had to hang on Sevilla’s wheel and not lose any time on the finish in order to get the overall win. I just did some calculations and figured out we would be able to stay with the win. At the end of the day it was just an awesome bike race with one of the best riders in the world and I was just really stoked to be a part of it.”
The 100-mile race with nearly 10,000 feet of elevation gain rolled out from downtown Silver City, and attacks began from the second the whistle blew.
As the riders approached the first sprint point, a breakaway formed, and Brayan Sánchez (Team Medellín – EPM) took first place points. He did the same miles later on the second intermediate sprint, but the points gap was too much to close, and Bickmore retained the green jersey.
A group of nine formed a break right after the first sprint, about nine miles into the race, and by mile 20, they had a gap of two minutes and 10 seconds to the field and 20 seconds to a chase group. About 10 miles later, the chase caught the break, increasing the number of escapees to 19.
With three riders from Medellín and three from Canel’s the break, the overall race lead appeared to be in jeopardy for Røed, but Hoehn also was in the break keeping an eye on things.
As the 19 riders began the long ascent to the second king of the mountains point, many began to fall off and were sucked back into the field. A selection of Sevilla and his teammates Robigzon Oyola and Sánchez along with Hoehn, Parra Bustamante and Conn McDunphy (SoCalCycling.com) was made.
As the group grinded toward the KOM, Parra Bustamante dropped his five companions to score maximum points toward the polka dot jersey. Sevilla and Hoehn clawed their way back and left everyone else behind.
The three stuck together over the next KOM point where Parra Bustamante again put on a climbing clinic. But when he hit the descent, the smaller-stature rider, who had hidden behind tall McDunphy earlier, didn’t have anyone to pull him downhill. He lost time and separated from Sevilla and Hoehn.
Behind them, the field continued to lose time, going from two minutes to three to four. Because Hoehn was only one minute and three seconds back to the overall lead, he became the virtual race leader on the road, with his companion Sevilla only six seconds behind him for GC.
The two pressed on with time bonuses — 10 seconds for first place and six seconds for second place — to be had at the finish line as well. But even if the two came across the line together and if Sevilla won, he would still be four seconds behind Hoehn for the overall lead. He would have to put time into Hoehn.
But only one Category 3 climb to Pinos Altos remained, and it wasn’t enough to shake Hoehn. But Sevilla had enough pickup to cross the line first. Røed and the rest of the gang finished too late for an overall race win.
Parra Bustamante breathed a sigh of relief when he found out he won the king of the mountains jersey for the second consecutive year.
“Well, I am very happy to have once again taken the lead to be the mountain champion for another year,” Parra Bustamante said. “This is gratifying for me. We gave everything today. We went out with a positive mindset to get that jersey, to get this mountain title, as we are known for being very good climbers. We tried from the beginning to the end, gave it our all, and I want to thank the team, all my teammates. They motivated me, were always very attentive to me. I thank them for this mountain jersey, these points are for them and for the whole team.”
Bickmore said he was happy to keep the jersey after a tough day.
“I just had to finish the stage within the time cut because I had enough of a lead where nobody could get me with the points on the line today,” Bickmore said. “So pretty simple task but definitely difficult. So, really excited to keep the green jersey, keep it in the team for another year at Tour of the Gila. It was really good to follow up on Tyler [Stites’] win in the green jersey last year.”
Classen held on to the best young rider jersey for all five days and stepped up on the final podium of Tour of the Gila to put an exclamation point on his lead.
“I think I’m the only guy to wear a jersey for the whole race,” Classen said. “I was super nervous about it, honestly. I struggled really hard at this stage last year; I lost like 20 minutes, This is a huge relief, and it’s been a goal all year to win the white jersey here. I knew I could do it, and I couldn’t have done it without my team today. They were keeping me fed all day, getting me where I needed to be, positioned into the climbs. They were phenomenal, and thank you for Gila for putting on this race. It’s so much fun — best race in the country I think.”
UCI Women Press Release Day 5
Killips rides to Gila Monster stage win, solidifies overall victory at Tour of the Gila
Austin Killips (Amy D Foundation) put an exclamation point on her overall race lead Sunday by winning Stage 5 Gila Monster and taking home the overall victory at Tour of the Gila. She also climbed her way into the queen of the mountains polka dot jersey.
DNA Pro Cycling’s Shayna Powless snatched back the green sprinter’s jersey from Rylee McMullen (InstaFund Racing), while Nadia Gontova (Roxo Racing) held on to the white best young rider jersey.
But it was all eyes on the overall race lead, in which only 10 seconds separated leader Killips from Emily Ehrlich (Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24) and Ehrlich’s third stage race win of the year. But Killips put the kibosh on any triple crown for TWENTY24.
“We really wanted to get into a break,” said Amy D Foundation team director Julie Kuliecza. “We thought that there was going to be something that would go right after the second sprint point, and we wanted a rider in that break so that when Austin and the other GC riders came up to it, Austin would have someone to help them and protect them, and it worked out perfectly.”
Killips is the first openly trans woman athlete to win Tour of the Gila.
The nearly 66-mile race with nearly 5,500 feet of elevation gain rolled out from downtown Silver City and led off with an attack from Emily Newsom (Roxo Racing), who gained a 20-second advantage and enticed eight other riders to go with her.
But the field pulled them all back together within the first three miles. DNA set up Powless to win the first bonus sprint, and she did the same for the second and final bonus sprint, catapulting her into the green jersey again.
DNA continued with offense as they attacked multiple times near mile 35 to set Powless up for success. But Roxo counter-attacked and sparked a breakaway of six riders: Newsom, Holly Breck (DNA Pro Cycling), Anna Hicks (Cynisca Pro Cycling), Quiñones (Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24), Leon Ordaz (PatoBike) and Cassie Nelson (Amy D Foundation).
Over the next six miles they built a one-minute and 45-second lead over the field. Several riders attempted to bridge but to no avail. By mile 45 the field brought the gap down to 55 seconds as Amy D Foundation and PatoBike worked the front of the main field to reel the escapees in.
Killips and Marcela Prieto Castañeda (PatoBike) and teammate Lorena Villamizar Varon, along with Anet Barrera (DNA Pro Cycling), Gontova and Ehrlich took off from the field, but Barrera and Villamizar Varon dropped from the chase, leaving four to pull back the break.
The four closed in inside one kilometer to the QOM summit, and Killips and Prieto Castañeda, who was sitting one minute and 17 seconds back from the overall lead, took first and second, respectively, with Nelson following. Killips did the same on the final QOM.
The trio dropped the other lead riders and held a minimum of 25 seconds on any chasers for the rest of the race. Ehrlich made an attempt to salvage her chances to overtake the lead but couldn’t close.
Killips railed a descent to fend off Ehrlich with 10 kilometers to go. But she still also had to worry about Prieto Castañeda who was right there with her, along with Killips’ teammate, Nelson.
At 400 meters to go, Killips jumped and accelerated away from Prieto Castañeda. Killips crossed the line toward victory with Prieto in second and Nelson in third.
Ehrlich said she tried as best she could to take the overall lead, but it just wasn’t enough.
“We just smashed the climb as hard as we could,” Ehrlich said. “We caught the group at the top, but it split into three more, and I just couldn’t keep up over the top, and they stayed away until the finish. I tried to get some seconds on the descent to the finish but I just couldn’t’ make it up.”
Prieto Castañeda, who had led for the first three stages of Tour of the Gila, said she was happy to take second on the stage and on the overall lead.
“I dedicate it to my team, my family, and I am very happy to have been able to climb onto the podium,” Prieto Castañeda said. “At the end, we caught up to a breakaway, and another girl from the same winning team joined us. We worked together, and in the end, I gave it my all. It took a lot of strength, but I feel very happy.”
Powless, who robbed her green jersey back from McMullen, said her team’s lead outs were key.
“Basically, our plan was to go into today feeling ready to get as many points as possible for those sprints and try and take back the sprint jersey which we successfully did today,” Powless said. “My teammates did a really incredible job making sure I had a nice lead out going in to the first and second sprint, then also being up there as well themselves to scoop up those extra sprint points, just to keep me a little safer in the run, and it ended up working out perfectly.”
Gontova said she was happy to wear the white best young rider jersey all five days.
“Today was a super tough day, and I hoped for more on the stage, but I think the heat really got to me on the big climb, and I gave it my all on the final 25k. I am happy to finish the race in the white jersey and grateful for all the work my Roxo teammates did to help me defend it all week.”