Stage 3 was set up for sprinters, featuring 20 fast-paced laps of the 3,5 km Capitol circuit in downtown Sacramento. Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women’s Team), who placed third overall last year as well as taking home the Sprint and Best Young Rider titles, pulled ahead of the tightly packed peloton near the finish to win the stage. She was followed over the line by Alexis Ryan (Cany//Sram) then Emma White (Rally Cycling). Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) escaped the box of riders around her to attack on the final meters but fell short of overtaking Sierra and finished the stage in fourth place.
After placing second in last year’s race by just one second, Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) came away the decisive 2018 champion when Stage 3 and the race concluded today in Sacramento. Tayler Wiles (Trek-Drops) claimed second place overall with Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyo//Sram) in third.
Katie Hall also locked up the Queen of the Mountain Jersey. The Sprint Jersey going to Emma White (Rally Cycling). Her teammate Sara Poidevin is the best young rider of the women’s race.
1. Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women’s Team) in 1h37’32’’
2. Alexis Ryan (Canyon//SRAM) s.t
3. Emma White (Rally Racing) s.t
1. Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare)
2. Tayler Wiles (Trek-Drops) at 29’’
3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM) at 1’07’’
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