Heidi Franz claims Redlands Classic opener

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Heidi Franz (Instafund LaPrima) celebrates a close victory over Jennifer Wheeler (Font Cycling) and Emily Marcolini (3T/Q+M Cycling)

Heidi Franz (Instafund LaPrima) celebrates a close victory over Jennifer Wheeler (Font Cycling) and Emily Marcolini (3T/Q+M Cycling) (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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Caitlin Conyers (5th) and Cassidy Hickey (10th) taking a turn on the front of the break in the second half of the race.

Caitlin Conyers (5th) and Cassidy Hickey (10th) taking a turn on the front of the break in the second half of the race. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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Emily Marcolini from 3T/Q+M Cycling attacked on the intermediate QOM point laps and finished 3rd overall on the stage to take the red QOM jersey heading into stage 2.

Emily Marcolini from 3T/Q+M Cycling attacked on the intermediate QOM point laps and finished 3rd overall on the stage to take the red QOM jersey heading into stage 2. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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The women's race was neutral through the top of the climb.

The women’s race was neutral through the top of the climb. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)
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Heidi Franz from Instafund LaPrima was not afraid to put her nose in the wind early in the race.

Heidi Franz from Instafund LaPrima was not afraid to put her nose in the wind early in the race. (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)

Heidi Franz (Instafund LaPrima) took out the opening stage of the 36th Redlands Bicycle Classic, winning the hilly Highlands Circuit in a small group sprint over Jennifer Wheeler (Fount Cycling Guild) and Emily Marcolini (3T/Q+M Cycling).

The trio were part of a 10-rider escape group that formed halfway through the stage, with Marcolini going on the attack for the mountains classification. They gained over a minute on the chasing field before Franz snatched the stage in the uphill sprint.

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