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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.
Raphaele Lemieux (Team iBike) and Filippo Fortin (Team Bahumer) emerged as winners when the Red Hook Criterium Championship Series rolled into London on Saturday, July 22.
Despite sunny conditions all week, race day brought typical London weather with gray skies and lots of rain. The slick course conditions demanded total concentration from the riders to navigate eight turns per lap with very limited traction.
In the women’s race, Lemieux completely dominated, winning her qualifier heat race, both primes, and gapping the rest of the field on the last lap to win. The men’s race saw Team Bahumer get its tactics right, delivering Fortin to the line in a field sprint.
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