Tour of the Gila: Rice wins downtown criterium

Michael Rice (Hagens Berman Axeon) wins stage 4 at Tour of the Gila.

Hagens Berman Axeon 's Michael Rice took out the stage 4 downtown Silver City criterium at the Tour of the Gila on Saturday, finishing off the work his team put in over the final laps, setting up the 22-year-old Australian to unleash his sprint. UnitedHelthcare's Lucas Sebastian Haedo finished second, with H&R; Block's Marc-Antoine Nadon in third. Race leader Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) finished safely in the bunch to maintain his overall lead going into the final stage. This is Rice's second shot at the downtown criterium after he finished seventh behind teammate Christopher Blevins last year. The roles were reversed on Saturday as Blevins provide the final lead out for Rice and then finished fifth. "We had a clear plan going into the day, and we executed it perfectly," Rice told Cycoingnews in the finishing straight. "The team took control the last two, two-and-a-half laps, and everyone really pulled ...

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