Fil-Am rider Rivera to see action in Tour de France

FIL-AMERICAN rider Coryn Rivera, who is now a member of the the US national team, sprinted to victory on Tuesday at the Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen.

The 22-year-old Rivera, who will see action on the final day of the Le Tour de France 2015 for the second straight year, emerged victorious from a select group of 11 riders that escaped early in the stage, according to online reports on Velo news.

The Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen, also known as Women’s Tour of Thuringia), is a stage race for women road cycle racers held every July in the German state of Thuringia.

It is rated a class 2.1 event by the Union Cycliste Internationale.

“The move went 20 km in, and it was a good opportunity to get in a break,” said Rivera, a former criterium national champion in an interview.

Rivera, who once tried to the join the Philippine national team many years ago in 2005, added that it was a long day for her with 11 others, rotating through the lead.

“We do a small loop at the finish so I was able to see what the run-in was like,” said the Tustin, California-based Rivera, whose father is from Tondo and mother from Tuguegarao.

The fifth stage of the race began  and ended in Gera, Germany.

The 118.5-km stage was a big circuit race with a single, small finishing circuit.

According to reports, the stage was straightforward, but the organizers threw in a twist, putting the finish line on a narrow, cobbled street.

The win is supposed to boost Rivera’s confidence, since she has not won since taking stage 3 of the Joe Martin Stage Race back in April.

She did finish second at the US national road championships behind Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) on a course that did not play to her strengths.

This Sunday, she will go  to the Champs-Élysées at La Course by Le Tour de France.

Rivera is tipped to be a podium contender.

In the inaugural edition last year, she finished sixth.

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