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by Neal Rogers
July 21, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Barguil solos to second stage win of 2017 Tour de France atop Col d’Izoard; Van Vleuten climbs to solo victory atop Izoard to win La Course Col d’Izoard; Howes, Lay take Stage 1 victories at Cascade Cycling Classic; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 18 highlights; Video: The inner workings of radio tour at the Tour de France; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage Pass, Tour de France Stage 17.
Alex Howes (U.S. National team) and Kristi Lay (Rally Cycling) took victories on the opening stage of the five-day Cascade Cycling Classic UCI stage race in Bend, Oregon, Wednesday. Lay and teammate Sara Poidevin finished first and second at the 88-mile McKenzie Road Race. Allie Dragoo (ShoAir-Twenty20) took third.
“We wanted to control the pace and put pressure on some of the other teams to draw out some of their bigger riders,” Lay said. “With 200 meters to go I jumped off Twenty20’s wheel and got to win. My teammates made it work for me. It’s a big week of racing coming up. We have a team where a few riders could wear yellow so we have a lot of cards to play, it’s not necessarily just me, so we’ll definitely try and put in a strong performance.”
Howes, who rides for Cannondale-Drapac but is at Cascade on the U.S. National squad along with WorldTour pros Kiel Reijnen and Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo), took the win in the final 100m ahead of Paco Mancebo (Hanger 15 Bicycles). Last year’s overall winner, Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel) came in third. Howes also picked up the KOM jersey, winning the Cat 2 climb for the finish at McKenzie Pass.
“It was just one pedal after another for that final climb,” Howes said. “It’s a tricky finish, even though it’s uphill, it’s pretty fast, and a little sandy. The team did a great job to get me and Kiel in position. Kiel just said go at 100m, and that’s what I did.”
Howes did not expect to keep the yellow jersey in Thursday’s 14.3km time trial. “Both of these guys are going to take quite a bit of time out of me in the TT, realistically,” Howes said. “I didn’t bring a TT bike up, it didn’t fit in my car. Hopefully, that will make this more of an interesting race. We’re going to have to be aggressive later on this week.”