Geelong, Australia (February 23, 2008)—Webcor Builder’s Katheryn Curi Mattis (Mountain View, Calif.) recorded the most significant victory of her career on Sunday with a win in the opening round of the 2008 UCI Women’s Road World Cup.
With the win, Mattis earned the season’s first World Cup leader’s jersey.
In the 120-kilometer race, Mattis placed first ahead of Australian Emma Rickards and Ina Teutenberg (GER). Mattis and Rickards formed a two-woman breakaway three laps into the eight-lap race before challenging each other in a two-up sprint for win. Mattis initiated the final kick to the line and held off a chasing Rickards, who also claimed her first career World Cup podium finish.
After winning a national championship in the 2005 elite women’s road race, Curi went on to have the best season of her career in 2007 – a campaign that saw her place third overall at the Redlands Bicycle Classic and the Tour Cycliste Féminin International Ardèche as a member of USA Cycling’s Women’s National Team program.
The 11-race World Cup series continues with the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Italy on March 24, but the international peloton will first remain in the Southern Hemisphere for next week’s Women’s Tour of New Zealand, Feb. 27 through Mar. 2.
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