San Dimas, California – Christopher Blevins notched his first ever stage win on the road as a professional at the San Dimas Community Hospital Road Race. Today’s victory came just after his third place finish in yesterday’s time trial.
Blevins sprinted away from Keegan Swirbul (Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis) for the win while Jose Rodriguez (Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling) was third.
“Getting my first win on the road feels really good,” said Blevins. “I’m really stoked that the team executed today’s plan perfectly; I had a lot fun.”
Blevins’s chance to sprint in the end stemmed in part from early work by Hagens Berman Axeon teammate Zeke Mostov. Three laps into the 12-lap, 7-mile circuit, Mostov and three other riders escaped the peloton and formed a breakaway that was off the front for most of the day. The break built up a two minute advantage by lap 8, but with only two laps to go, the peloton swiftly neutralized it.
Edward Anderson and Thomas Revard worked to bring back a subsequent move made by Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling.
“Once it came back together, I started covering attacks and working with the guys to try and set Chris up,” said Mostov. “Once Chris rolled, it was just a matter of sitting on the back of Elevate and hoping Chris’s move stuck!”
For Mostov’s efforts, he’ll wear the KOM leader’s jersey for Sunday’s criterium. Anderson was 19th on the day, coming across the line just two spots back of Revard.
With today’s win, it seems there is no cycling discipline that is out of reach for the multi-talented, former bmx rider. Blevins is not only the reigning U23 mountain bike national champion, but earlier this year added U23 cyclocross national champion to his list of accomplishments.
Blevins likes his chances heading into tomorrow’s stage 3 finale and sits just three seconds back off the lead of Jordan Cheyne (Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling). Revard, the current U23 crit national champion, is 22 seconds back from the race leader.
The 85-minute, backwards capital “L” shaped criterium in downtown San Dimas gets underway tomorrow at 3:05pm PDT.
(Header photo of Christoper Blevins by Davey Wilson)