Coryn Rivera expressed her frustration at how the elite women’s race panned out for Team USA at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships. Caught in no man’s land in a bronze-medal position, Rivera eventually fell apart on the final climb and struggled to make it to the finish line in 31st place.

“Since there was no one around, I was in contention for a medal, and I tried so hard to just stay up there for the bronze,” Rivera told Cyclingnews. “I exploded on the last time up the climb, and I had nothing left at that point.”

Rivera formed part of a strong American team that lined out with three strong climbers; Megan Guarnier, Katie Hall and Ruth Winder. The team also fielded Alexis Ryan, Leah Thomas and Tayler Wiles.

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It was a long race at 156.2km that started with an 84km loop from Kufstein to Innsbruck and included a steep 5km climb Gnadenwald. They dropped down to the Innsbruck circuits for three laps at 23.8km, that also had a climb to Igls before descending to the finish line.

Rivera made it over the first big climb to Gnadenwald with a reduced front group and then attacked in an attempt to get up the road and be available to help her teammates once the race kicked off on the three circuits in Innsbruck.

“Honestly, I was trying to set up our climbers to have a good race,” Rivera said. “We had Hall, Winder and Guarnier, and I was trying to get ahead of them, and then hoping they would catch up to me at some point and I could help pace them or do whatever they needed. If I want to help them, I can’t be waiting around for the climbers to attack.”

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