Vive Les Femmes 6: Carpenter-Phinney & Twigg (Pacific)
This is the Pacific edition of the Vive Les Femmes. Results count as stage finishes but do not count towards GC, and points do not count toward rankings Today's sixth stage approaches the German border as it traverses a figure 8 starting in Klingenthal and ending in Rosheim. The day begins with a climb with GPM points on hand 10 km from the start. Then it completes a first loop, with a sprint at km 38, before 1.5 laps of a second loop, with GPM points available at km 62 before the 8 km mostly-downhill run to the finish, which is crossed for the second time. Today's stage honors US cyclists Connie Carpenter-Phinney and Rebecca Twigg. They each excelled on both road and track in the 1980's, including medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, there the US squad had its best success. They each also had success at the Women's Challenge in Idaho and the Coors Classic in Colorado, a golden era of women's stage racing in the United States. Twigg in particular was world class in time trials and track pursuit, while Carpenter-Phinney was the stronger sprinter.
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