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Sean Christian of Tucson and Anna Hicks of California win El Tour of Tucson on Saturday

Sean Christian and Anna Hicks are the male and female winners of El Tour de Tucson, held Saturday morning in Tucson, Sahuarita and other communities.

Christian, a Tucsonian, completed the 102-mile course with an unofficial “chip time” of 3 hours, 49 minutes, 1.2 seconds. Gilbert’s Damiano Cunego was 1.2 seconds behind Christian, and Cormac McGeough of Ireland was third at 3:53:02.7.

Christian averaged 26.5 mph on his bike.

Hicks, a native of San Luis Obispo on California’s Central Coast, was the top-scoring woman at 3:54:0.93. She narrowly beat Ann Arbor, Mich. Jacqueline Larouche (3:54:10.1) and Bozeman, Montana Cecily Decker (3:54:12.3).

El Tour victory caps a successful year for 20-year-old Christian. He finished 28th in the United States National Road Race Championship; he finished fourth among 23-and-under cyclists.

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Hicks finished third at the Bariani Road Race in March.

Between 7,500 and 8,000 riders, including at least one from each state, were expected to participate in El Tour.

Riders competed in three distances and three “fun rides”. The 102-mile route – organizers call it “The Century” – is the most popular of the routes. Nearly 40% of all runners had signed up for the longest distance. Almost as many – 34% – had signed up for the 63-mile “Metric Century” route and 19% had signed up for the 32-mile “Metric Half-Century” route. About 7% of registrations are for the “Fun Ride,” one of the unique El Tour day events. Many fun-riders are children; they can choose between distances of 10 miles, 5 miles or 1 mile.

This story will be updated.

Watch now: Tucson kicked off Banner-University Medicine’s 39th El Tour of Tucson with the start of the 102-mile race downtown on Saturday, November 19. This year’s event, which is the largest cycling event in the region, has more than 7,600 participants, including riders from all 50 states and 10 countries. Video by Pascal Albright/Arizona Daily Star

Contact sportswriter PJ Brown at On Twitter: @PJBrown09


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