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Alexis Ryan, Bryan Gomez win Athens Twilight, lead American Criterium Cup

SIENA, ITALY - MARCH 03: Alexey Lutsenko of Kazahkstan and Astana-Qazaqstan team attends Strade Bianche 2023 race route recon on March 03, 2023 in Siena, Italy. (Photo by Sara Cavallini/Getty Images)

Alexis Ryan (L39ION of Los Angeles) and Bryan Gomez (Miami Nights) claimed the spotlight in the opening round of the 2023 American Criterium Cup on Saturday with victories in the elite women’s and men’s races at the Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium. Ryan and Gomez also take the early leads in the week-long Speed Week criterium series.

The women’s contest came down to a final lap sprint with the sun sinking behind the city hall on East Washington Street, Ryan raising her hands to celebrate with room to spare to second-placed Andrea Cyr (Miami Nights). The Denver Disruptors’ Erica Zaveta took the final podium spot ahead of teammate Leah Kirchmann while Heather Fischer (DNA Pro Cycling) took fifth in the lead group. 

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