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by Neal Rogers
July 24, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Groenewegen wins field sprint in Paris as Froome becomes a four-time Tour de France champion; Kline, Rose take Stage 4 criterium wins at Cascade Classic as Mannion, Dragoo retain race lead; De Gendt ‘very disappointed’ to not receive Super Combativity award at Tour de France; Sunweb celebrates points, KOM jerseys at Tour de France two months after winning Giro d’Italia; Cavendish: ‘My career is over if I don’t let this fracture heal properly’; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 21 highlights.
Shane Kline (Rally Cycling) edged out Miguel Bryon (Holowesko-Citadel) in a photo finish in downtown Bend, Oregon, Saturday to take the first UCI win of his career. Last year’s criterium winner, Australian Joe Lewis (Holowesko-Citadel) crossed the line in third.
“First UCI win, so I’ll take it,” Kline said. “We had the plan for me to sprint coming into the race. It’s kind of new because I’ve spent a lot of the year sprinting for guys like Eric Young and Brad Huff. I’m normally their last guy so for me to have a shot tonight was huge, I really thank the team for that.”
Race leader Gavin Mannion (UnitedHealthcare) crossed the line with the field to maintain yellow heading into Sunday’s Awbrey Butte Circuit Race, with Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel) one second back, and Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling) looking to gain three seconds for the overall.
In the women’s race, Claire Rose showed why she’s the U.K. national time trial champion after soloing to a decisive win. The Visit Dallas DNA rider attacked with six laps to go in the 50-minute race and gained a significant gap to easily take the win and take over the green jersey. Kendall Ryan (Team TIBCO) won the bunch sprint for second place and Canadian road champion Ali Beveridge (Rally Cycling) finished third. Allie Dragoo (Sho-Air Twenty20) finished safely in the bunch to keep her yellow jersey heading into the final stage, 16 seconds ahead of Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling), who wears the best young rider jersey. Dragoo’s teammate, Jasmin Duehring, sat third, 44 seconds down.
“There were a lot of attacks by Rally, so when there was a lull I took my opportunity to do a solo attack and I was able to hold it to the finish,” said Rose, who won the time trial earlier this week. “When you’re out there on your own you’ve got to focus on giving it everything to the line.”