Ryan Dominates and Lamperti Shocks the Field at Pro Crit Nationals
June 18, 2021
Kendall Ryan of L39ION of Los Angeles and Luke Lamperti of Trinity Racing take top spots in Knoxville, TN.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Day two is done at the 2021 USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships. The highly anticipated Criterium Race left fans in absolute awe. The 1.7- kilometer course was full of sweeping corners and long straightaways. For the Elite Women, Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif.; Legion of Los Angeles) took to the front out group on the third to last corner and held her position all the way to finish. Luke Lamperti (Sebastopol, Calif.; Trinity Racing) outsprinted riders on both sides to win himself a national championship, becoming the youngest rider ever to win the Men’s Elite Crit.
“It was just a really hard race full of strong riders. I’m so proud of my team, so proud of myself,” said Ryan on winning. She goes onto say “I’m going to win every race we show up to, me or my teammates.”
The Elite Women kicked off the day with an evening race that was approximately 70 minutes long in downtown Knoxville. The young star Megan Jastrab (Apple Valley, Calif.; Team DSM) who was recently selected to represent the United States at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the Track Cycling team went into the race excited and eager. She managed to sprint her way to a stellar second-place finish. Fellow Olympian and teammate, Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif.; Team DSM) pulled off a strong third-place finish.
In addition to taking the second podium step in the Elite Women, Jastrab took the win in the Under-23 Women’s podium. Followed by Katie Clouse (Park City, Utah.; Rally Cycling) in second and Claire Windsor (Travelers Rest, S.C.; Supra Functional Food Bars) in third.
After a stellar performance, Jastrab said, “It feels great. We were going for the elite win, and that’s a little disappointing. I was planning on it. The U23 was just going to be a bonus for me. But it was good racing. It was my first time racing with DSM and the first time racing as teammates with Coryn Rivera. And I think that we executed it pretty well though.”
The highly anticipated Elite Men’s event was fast from the gun. With multiple teams sending riders out for early breaks, nothing managed to stick and everything was reigned back in by the group. Samuel Bassetti (Santa Rosa, Calif.; Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling) was neck and neck with teammate Eric Young (Geneva, Ill.; Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling) in the final sprint. They went 2,3 to round out the podium.
Lamperti when asked about his win said, “Yeah, definitely good to be back in the jersey after a long time without it.” Lamperti who also rose through the USA Cycling Development program said, “The national team was a massive help to my career.”
Racing continues on Sunday with the Road Race. The Elite Women’s race kicks off at 9:00 am ET with a 114.6-kilometer race. The Elite Men’s race will then begin at 1:15 pm with a 190.9-kilometer race. Each event will be live-streamed on FloBikes. Members can take advantage of their USA Cycling member benefit and get 20% off a FloBikes subscription by using the link in their member benefits profile.
- Kendall Ryan – L39ION of Los Angeles
- Megan Jastrab – Team DSM
- Coryn Rivera – Team DSM
Elite U-23 Women
- Megan Jastrab – Team DSM
- Katie Clouse – Rally Cycling
- Claire Windsor – Supra Functional Food Bars
- Luke Lamperti – Trinity Racing
- Samuel Bassetti – Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling
- Eric Young – Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling
You can find the full results HERE.
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