The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team claimed the first general classification victory of the 2016 season today, by preserving Katie Hall's overall lead on the 6th and final stage of the Tour Femenino de San Luis.
Hall took control of the race with a repeat victory on the slopes of the Mirador del Potrero climb on stage 5. With the help of her teammates on the final stage, the decisive move on the penultimate day of racing earned enough time to clinch overall victory in the opening race of the UCI America Tour and the squad's first event of the 2016 season.
The pivotal moment of the race came on Thursday's hilly stage 5, which was characterized by relentless attacks as riders tried to break away before the climb kicked in. Riding in protection of Hall's polka dot jersey, the women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team rode at the front of the peloton all day, ensuring the pack reached the climb with Hall fresh and ready to attack. The tactics paid off well, as Katie Hall moved quickly into the small lead group. With riders quickly falling off the pace, the lead was reduced to a group of five midway through the climb. With just 5 kilometers of racing remaining, Hall put her head down and powered up the steep grade. With more than mountain classification points on the line, Hall dug deep to extend her lead on the stage and crossed the line as the new overall race leader.