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by Neal Rogers
July 25, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Howes wins final stage at Cascade Classic as Carpenter defends GC title; Poidevin wins final stage at Cascade Classic as Dragoo seals overall; Lemieux, Fortin beat favorites to win Red Hook Crit London; After fourth Tour victory, Froome sets sights on Vuelta a España; Majka to join Sagan for strong Bora-Hansgrohe squad at Tour de Pologne; Katusha-Alpecin extends with Hollenstein, Restrepo through 2018; Citing influence of rider agents, BMC discontinues U23 development team; Video: Best of the 2017 Tour de France; Video: Sunweb’s Michael Matthews, Warren Barguil wrap up successful Tour de France.
On a day that saw chaos as the men’s field caught the women’s field only 500 meters from the line, American Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel) defended his title at the Cascade Cycling Classic UCI 2.2 stage race in Bend, Oregon.
Carpenter, who also won the Winston Salem Cycling Classic, Joe Martin Stage Race this year — as well as the Tour of Alberta in 2016 — crossed the finish line of the Archie Butte Circuit road race behind stage winner Alex Howes (U.S. National Team) but ahead of GC rivals Gavin Mannion (UnitedHealthcare) and Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling), who moved into secure second and third overall on the general classification.
“The last day is hard, it’s a good day to take it,” Carpenter said. “It’s definitely stressful, I’ve got to say I was really relieved after the race. I’m a head case when I come to a race I know I can win, so I was happy I could keep it together.”
At the finish, Stephen Bassett (Silber) attacked, with Carpenter behind, but crashed into Whitney Alison (Colavita). Bassett crossed the finish line 1:59 down, but was given the same GC time as the group that finished four seconds behind the group of Howes and Carpenter. “We were going so fast,” Carpenter explained. “It just happened that it was in the final corner that we merged. It’s really unfortunate for Bassett, just looking down and he plowed into her. I was a little bit behind it and managed to get around. He was definitely going to podium, and probably going to win, so it’s too bad for him.”
Howes earned the third stage win for the U.S. National Team. “We were kind of lucky that we went so bad in the time trial, so it let the other guys sweat over the GC,” he said. “It’s always nice coming back here, to rekindle some good memories of my U23 title [in Bend, Oregon]. At this day and age, it’s hard to win any bike race, it doesn’t matter if Valverde showed up to a cat 3 race, they don’t come free anymore.”