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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