CALIFORNIAN KATIE HALL TAKES STAGE 2 AT THE AMGEN BREAKAWAY FROM HEART DISEASE WOMEN’S RACE EMPOWERED WITH SRAM

May 12, 2017

Race Heads to Elk Grove and Sacramento for Stage 3

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (May 12, 2017) – UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling’s Katie Hall (Oakland, Calif.) rode 67 miles to her second career Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease™ Women’s Race empowered with SRAM stage win today in South Lake Tahoe, putting her into the overall race lead.

During the final – mostly uphill – 15 miles of the race, Hall rode out ahead with Boels-Dolmans’ 2016 Olympic Games road race gold medalist Anna van der Breggen (NED), who placed second in the stage and also stands second in the overall midway through the race. Team Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif.) was also part of the breakaway but was reabsorbed with 7 miles to go.

“Boels-Dolmans did a great job setting the pace on the climb,” said Katie Hall, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. “We (Anna van der Breggen) went over the top together, and I got attacked at the bottom of the descent, and was able to pull her back in the final kilometer.”

Presented by Visit California, the second of two South Lake Tahoe stages was an all-new route that included Amgen Tour of California’s first encounter with Kingsbury Grade, an 8-mile climb that gains 2,700’ in elevation.

Tomorrow’s Stage 3 presented by Lexus will take riders on a 73.3-mile flat and fast course from first-time host Elk Grove to the veteran race city of Sacramento, where the race will conclude Sunday following a circuit race around the California State Capitol building.

Today’s Breakaway from Cancer® / Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Most Courageous Rider Jersey went to Team Sunweb’s 18-year old Juliette Labous, a five-time French National Champion, for making a break during the first Queen of the Mountain (QOM) climb today.

Stage 2 Podium

  1. Katie Hall (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
  2. Anna van der Breggen (NED), Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team (NED)
  3. Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (USA), Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)

 

Stage 2 Jersey Winners

Breakaway from Heart Disease
“The Amgen Tour of California provides an opportunity to raise awareness of some of the world’s most serious illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer,” said Raymond C. Jordan, senior vice president, Corporate Affairs, Amgen. “Our sponsorship also allows us to connect with patients through programs running in tandem with the race, such as the national Breakaway from Heart Disease™ initiative.”

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the #1 killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. Founded last year, Breakaway from Heart Disease™ is proud to encourage Americans to take charge of their risk of heart disease by offering educational information at each Lifestyle Festival throughout the tour as well as providing activities to help everyone feel empowered to take action for good heart health.

Said Cylance cyclist and Petaluma resident Ali Tetrick: "My grandfather is the reason I began bike racing. He is 85 years old and still bike racing with more 17 national titles to his name, and I am riding this Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women's race empowered by SRAM for my ‘Grampy,’ Paul Tetrick. He battles his genetically high cholesterol and heart problems with daily exercise on his bike, eating healthy, and too many sit-ups to count. He has taught me that bike racing is fun, but sport is ageless."

To learn more about preventing heart disease or recovering after a cardiovascular event, visit www.breakawayfromheartdisease.com.

About the Amgen Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California's iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions, and awards important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.

The first-ever U.S. UCI WorldTour course will cover more than 583 miles through 12 Host Cities May 14-20, including Sacramento, Modesto, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, Big Bear Lake, Mountain High and Pasadena. The Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women's Race empowered with SRAM May 11-14 will cover 256.6 miles through South Lake Tahoe, Elk Grove and Sacramento, concluding as the men’s race gets underway.

About Amgen
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

For more information, visit www.amgen.com and follow us on www.twitter.com/amgen.

About AEG
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world's leading sports venue and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 120 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world including The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arenas; AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world's largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.

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