Stevens TT win leads three-medal day for U.S. at Pan Am Road Championships

  
  


Evelyn Stevens won gold and Megan Guarnier took bronze in the individual time trial at the 2014 Pan American Continental Road Championships
Evelyn Stevens won gold and Megan Guarnier took bronze in the individual time trial at the 2014 Pan American Continental Road Championships on May 8.
Puebla, Mexico (May 8, 2014) -- Evelyn Stevens (San Francisco, Calif./Team Specialized lululemon) rode to victory in the individual time trial on Thursday during the opening day of the 2014 Pan American Continental Road Championships in Puebla, Mexico. Her U.S. teammate, Megan Guarnier (Mountain View, Calif./Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team), gave the Americans two spots on the women's elite podium as she earned the bronze medal. Meanwhile, Joey Rosskopf (Athens, Ga./Hincapie Sportswear Development Team) rode to a silver medal in the men's elite time trial to close out a successful first day for the U.S. squad.
 
By virtue of her victory, Stevens earned herself an automatic qualification for the individual time trial at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships to be held Sept. 21-28 in Ponferrada, Spain. Her victory also provides the U.S. an additional spot in the elite women's time trial at the world championships. The American squad can now send three starters to Spain for the women's individual time trial in September.
 
"Winning today was great," said Stevens. "(Coach) Jack (Seehafer) and the rest of the USA Cycling staff made the trip so smooth and all I had to do was ride fast. The course was nice and it is a big bonus to win a spot for the worlds' individual time trial."
 
Stevens was a silver medalist in the individual time trial at the 2012 world championships and finished fourth last year. She also rode on the gold-medal winning team time trial squad of Specialized-lululemon in 2013. Stevens completed Thursday's 19.8-kilometer time trial in 26:27.635, over 12 seconds faster than runner-up Serika Guluma Ortiz of Colombia. Guarnier was 1:05 back of Stevens.

 
Joey Rosskopf was the silver medalist in the men's elite individual time trial at the 2014 Pan American Continental Road Championships
Joey Rosskopf was the silver medalist in the men's elite individual time trial at the 2014 Pan American Continental Road Championships on May 8.
Rosskopf posted a time of 48:06.434 on the 39.6-kilometer men's time trial course, putting him 15 seconds behind winner Pedro Herrera of Colombia, and 26 seconds faster than bronze medalist Carlos Oyarzun of Chile.  Ty Magner (Griffin, Ga./Hincapie Sportswear Development Team) crossed the line with the 12th-fastest time, just under three minutes behind Herrera.
 
In the U23 individual time trial, Justin Mauch (San Francisco, Calif./Airgas Cycling) was the top American in fifth place, 2:04 behind gold-medalist Rodrigo Contreras of Colombia. Mexico's Ignacio Prado claimed the silver medal and Colombia's Carlos Ramirez took home the bronze. Chris Putt (Park City, Utah/Bissell Development Cycling) finished 11th, 3:27 back of the winner.
 
Competition resumes on Saturday with the women's and U23 road races. Guarnier will team up in the 88.8-kilometer women's road race with Maura Kinsella (Boulder, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Lauren Komanski (Winston-Salem, N.C./TWENTY16 Pro Cycling). Mauch and Putt will contest the 148-kilometer U23 road race. The elite men will take to the streets on Sunday where Rosskopf and Magner will race the 177.6-kilometer course in a quest for more medals.  
 
2014 UCI Pan American Continental Road Championships
May 8-12, 2014
Puebla, Mexico
 
Elite Women Individual Time Trial (19.8km)
1. Evelyn Stevens (San Francisco, Calif./Team Specialized lululemon) 26:27.635
2. Serika Guluma Ortiz (COL) +12.67
3. Megan Guarnier (Mountain View, Calif./Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team) +1:05.61


Full results of the women's time trial
 
Elite Men Individual Time Trial (39.6km)
1. Pedro Herrera (COL) 47:51.437
2. Joey Rosskopf
(Athens, Ga./Hincapie Sportswear Development Team) +15.00
3. Carlos Oyarzun (CHI) +41.15
12. Ty Magner (Griffin, Ga./Hincapie Sportswear Development Team) +2:58.33

Full results of the men's elite time trial

U23 Men Individual Time Trial (29.7km)
1. Rodrigo Contreras (COL) 34:52.685
2. Ignacio Prado (MEX) +1:38.65
3. Carlos Ramirez (COL) +1:46.14
5. Justin Mauch (San Francisco, Calif./Airgas Cycling)  +2:04.30
11. Chris Putt (Park City, Utah/Bissell Development Cycling) +3:27.19

Full results of the men's U23 time trial
 
 
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