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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.
Sho-Air Twenty20’s Allie Dragoo claimed overall victory at the Cascade Cycling Classic after five days of tough racing in central Oregon. The 27-year-old finished third on the final stage to win the title by just six seconds ahead of Stage 5 winner Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling). Emma Grant (Team Colavita Bianchi) finished a second at the end of a hot and challenging 50-mile (80km) stage.
“My team really put it all out there for me,” Dragoo said. “I’m so thankful to them. I was stressed and anxious before the stage. I owe it to all of them. It’s really special to me. It’s been a couple of years of ups and downs, it really feels good to end the stage racing season with a win and I owe it to my team.”
The final stage featured three laps of a 16-mile (25.7km) circuit and a steep finishing climb. The Rally Cycling team came out firing, making it a tough day for the young Twenty20 squad to neutralize attack after attack. The first serious break to make it up the road contained Abby Mickey (Colavita Bianchi), Steph Roorda (Sho-Air Twenty20) and Heidi Franz (Rally Cycling). The trio gained around a minute before the second lap pace blew the field apart and former yellow jersey leader Kristi Lay (Rally) bridged Poidevin across to the break.
Dragoo and her Sho-Air Twenty20 team sensed the danger move and moved to the front to neutralize the threat, with Dragoo doing much of the work herself to bring the five riders back. With 20km to go, Sho-Air Twenty20 caught the break and the field reset, laying out more attacks before the final 10km saw Claire Rose (Visit Dallas-DNA), Jess Cerra (Hagens Bergman Supermint), Whitney Allison (Team Colavita), Jasmin Duehring (Sho-Air Twenty20) and Sara Bergen (Rally) open a 15-second gap. The GC favorites came all together at the base of the final climb, and from there it was a battle of attrition won by Poidevin, centimeters ahead of Grant. Dragoo came across the line in third, securing her overall win.
“It’s really special. I don’t do things for myself, I did it for them,” Dragoo said. “I would sacrifice myself for them anytime. Thanks to the all of the people who support us, thanks for making the prize money equal, it’s really special. It means a lot.”