Moment in time: Coryn Rivera becomes the first American to win the Tour of Flanders

The Californian shares her memories from 2017 of a dream day in Belgium

Coryn Rivera wins Tour of Flanders 2017 (Tim De Waele/Getty)

(Image credit: Corbis via Getty Images)

"It was just like how I go into every race. It was my second time doing Flanders so it was still fairly new to me but I'd done a lot of homework on the race, I knew all the cobbles and everything."

After three years at UnitedHealthcare, Coryn Rivera arrived at Sunweb in 2017. By the time she arrived at the Tour of Flanders, only her seventh race with the Dutch team, she had already won Trofeo Binda and finished third at Gent-Wevelgem. Flanders offered up a third opportunity in less than two weeks of glory for the Californian, even if winning wasn't necessarily at the forefront of her mind.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.