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Alison Jackson wins the Clarendon Cup at the 2018 Armed Forces Cycling Classic

GP Gatineau runner-up wins at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic

Alison Jackson
Alison Jackson wins the Clarendon Cup. Photo: Jason Calderon

Following a second-place performance at the 2018 GP Gatineau on Thursday, Alison Jackson went on to finish on the top step of the podium on the first day of the Armed Forces Cycling Classic, the Clarendon Cup in Arlington, Virginia. In the overall weekend’s standings, she would finish third and helped Tibco-SVB teammate Kendall Ryan to the win at the Crystal Cup on the second day of the two-day crit series.

Jackson had a strong race in Gatineau making a 14 women split in Gatineau Park and then sprinting to second behind winner Lauren Hall of UnitedHealthcare and ahead of Sara Bergen of Rally Cycling. It was a strong result for Jackson who’s top finish in Gatineau previously was sixth.

Alison Jackson, left, finished second at the GP Gatineau.

Then two days later she was back in action with her teammates at the AF Cycling Classic, an event on the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour circuit. Jackson attacked from the breakaway which formed with 38-km to go in the 50-km race. The move ended up being decisive and Jackson rolled across the line 15-seconds ahead of the peloton which was lead across the line by Jackson’s teammate Ryan.

“The team was launching attacks from the start of the 50-km race,” said team general manager Ed Beamon. “Alison countered a breakaway that Ingrid had initiated with 38km to go and stayed away for the win. The team delivered a perfect lead-out to secure the field sprint for Kendall.”

The Crystal Cup overall podium. Photo: Jason Calderon

Tibco continued their dominance in the Crytal Cup on Sunday. Ryan sprinted to victory and secured the top spot in the overall classification in which Jackson was third.

“I’m proud of how well the team worked together to win both races,” Beamon said.