Cuban rider Mejias holds off American rider Rivera for gold

Published May. 9, 2015 4:07 p.m. ET

LEON, Mexico (AP) Malies Mejias of Cuba edged up-and-coming American rider Coryn Rivera in a bunch sprint to win the Pan Am Continental road race championship on Saturday.

Rivera took the silver medal ahead of another Cuban rider, Yumaris Gonzalez.

The strong finish by the 22-year-old Rivera capped a successful weekend for the U.S. team in Mexico. Carmen Small won the gold medal in Friday's time trial, earning an automatic berth for the world championships in Richmond, Virginia, this September.

Small finished the road race with teammates Tayler Wiles and Lauren Hall back in the pack.