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Powers and Marcotte take Stars and Stripes jersey at US Pro Road Race

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Eric Marcotte awaits congratulatory hug after winning the US Cycling National Championship. Eric Marcotte awaits congratulatory hug after winning the US Cycling National Championship.
Alison Powers, wearing the Stars and Stripes U.S.  National Chamion jersey, smiles as she gets the key to her new Volkswagen. Alison Powers, wearing the Stars and Stripes U.S. National Chamion jersey, smiles as she gets the key to her new Volkswagen.
Megan Guarnier, left (Boels Dolmans), Alison Powers, center (United Health Care Pro) and Evelyn Stevens (Specialize-lululemon) atop the podium. Photo by Paul Shahen/WRCBtv.com Megan Guarnier, left (Boels Dolmans), Alison Powers, center (United Health Care Pro) and Evelyn Stevens (Specialize-lululemon) atop the podium. Photo by Paul Shahen/WRCBtv.com
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: Eric Marcotte (SmartStop) won a hard-fought field sprint Monday afternoon to win the USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships Monday in Chattanooga.

Trading the lead slots with competitors Chris Jones (United Health Care) and James Stemper (5-Hour Energy) spectators in downtown Chattanooga were treated to a spirited finish to the events second year in the Scenic City.

Earlier in the day, race favorite Taylor Phinney (BMC) crashed on the first descent of Lookout Mountain. Phinney was transported to Erlanger for treatment of a compound fracture of the lower leg.

BMC, Phinney's sponsor, posted this update Monday evening:

"BMC Racing Team's Taylor Phinney broke his left lower leg in two places and injured his knee after crashing on the descent of Lookout Mountain Monday at the USA Cycling professional road championships. 
Phinney crashed on a left-hand turn approximately 43 kilometers into the 165.5-km race. BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said Phinney was undergoing surgery Monday night at a Chattanooga hospital for injuries that included a tib-fib fracture of his left lower leg, and an injury to the same knee. 

On Saturday, Phinney won his second national time trial championship. He had planned to debut the stars-and-stripes jersey at the Critérium du Dauphiné next month and was aiming to be a part of the BMC Racing Team's squad for the Tour de France in July. 

Teammate Peter Stetina, the only other BMC Racing Team rider in the race, also did not finish. He withdrew due to cramping from dehydration after leading the chase of an early breakaway."

WOMENS RACE: Capturing a historic 3rd stars and stripes jersey, Alison Powers (United Health Care) bested the field in a tough race and won Monday's USA Cycling National Championship Road Race.

The peloton averaged 22.2 mph for the 65.1 mile circuit Monday.

The road race took about 3 hours and challenged riders with two trips up Lookout Mountain and multiple laps up the steep grade of Kent Street, nicknamed “The Wall” as a nod to the road’s 20% grade.

Down further in the pack, Evelyn Stevens (Specialize-lululemon) and Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) finished nearly 15 seconds back in second and third places respectively.

Powers also won Saturday’s USA Cycling National Championship Time Trial, and won the USA Cycling National Championship Criterium, bringing her total of USA Cycling National Championships to three. All three were won in 2014 which makes her the first cyclist to win three National Championships in the same year.

Powers said, "it's just amazing. It just proves anything can happen especially when you have a super strong team. We were small with just three of us but we had a plan."

United Heath Care teammate Mara Abbot won "Queen of the Mountain" for the second straight year in Chattanooga. That award is given to the first rider up and over the mountain (Lookout Mountain.)

For winning the US Pro Road Race she also won a 2015 VW GTI which Powers and her teammates decided to give to their teammate Jackie Crowell who is currently battling cancer. Crowell was diagnosed last October with stage-4 brain cancer. Crowell is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
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