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Top Professional Women to Compete in Philadelphia International Classic

The World’s Top Professional Women Cyclists Will Compete in the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, a UCI World Cup Event.

Seventeen of the top women’s cycling teams from around the world are confirmed to compete in the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, a 12.3-mile circuit through the City of Philadelphia on June 7. The one-day competition is a dynamic and selective course best known for the intense climb up the Manayunk Wall, the most historical climb in U.S. cycling history. The women’s race, a UCI Road World Cup event and the first in the U.S. in 14-years, will complete 6 laps and over 73 miles, looping through some of Philadelphia’s favorite neighborhoods.

“This is an exciting year for Philadelphia with the upgrade to a UCI Road World Cup,” said Race Director Robin Morton. “We’re fortunate to have this level of women’s professional racing in the U.S. again.”

Powerhouse teams such as Velocio-SRAM (formerly Team Specialized-lululemon), which ranked second in the world last season, and Alé-Cipollini boast rosters with some of the most decorated women in the sport. Expected to return this year is the 2013 & 2014 champion Evelyn (Evie) Stevens of the Belgian team Boels Dolmans and according to an interview earlier this year, Giorgia Bronzini of Great Britain’s Wiggle Honda also has her eye on the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. Bronzini, the 2011 World Road Race Champion, has the most wins for her team over the last two years, with stage wins at such prestigious tours as the Giro Donne and the Tour de L’Ardeche.

The full list of women’s teams that will race June 7 includes:

o Alé Cipollini
o ASTANA-Acca Due O
o BePink La Classica
o Bigla Pro Cycling
o BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental Group
o Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team
o BTC City Ljubljana
o Cycling Canada
o HiTec Products
o Mexican National
o Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies
o Pepper Palace p/b The Happy Tooth
o Team Tibco-SVB
o TWENTY16 p/b SHO-AIR
o UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
o Velocio-SRAM Pro Cycling
o Wiggle Honda

“The City of Philadelphia is thrilled to bring the UCI Women’s Road World Cup back to the U.S.,” said Mayor Nutter. “It’s exciting to see the growth in women’s professional cycling and we are happy to once again award equal prize money for the men’s and women’s races.”

The men’s race kickoffs the competition for the day at the top of the Manayunk Wall at 8:00 am. They will race a grueling 9 laps and over 110 miles, battling for KOM on Lemon Hill and the Manayunk Wall with a Sprint Zone along Kelly Drive. A few returning teams confirmed are UnitedHealthcare including the 2013 & 2014 champion Kiel Reijnen, Team Novo Nordisk, and Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies. A full list of confirmed men’s teams will be announced shortly.

In addition to the pro races, the weekend will feature various community events. A few of the events include an amateur ride on the pro course, an expo in Roxborough, and community festivities in Manayunk, Roxborough, East Falls, and on Lemon Hill, featuring a fun atmosphere, bicycle raffles, and great vantage points to view the race and cheer for the pros.

About the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic
The Philadelphia International Cycling Classic is a dynamic and selective 12.3 mile circuit looping through some of Philadelphia’s favorite neighborhoods. It features a women’s UCI Road World Cup event and a men’s UCI 1.2 level race, challenging some of the world’s top professional cycling teams to climb the Manayunk Wall, the most historical climb in U.S. cycling history. The Philadelphia International Cycling Classic will once again award equal prize money for KOM, QOM, Best Sprinters, Best Young Riders, and the overall winners in each race. 2015 marks thirty years of professional cycling in the City of Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com.

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