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by Shane Stokes
August 12, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Boom scoops stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour, nabs race lead; Kristoff sprints to victory on stage 2 of Arctic Race of Norway; Gaudu takes first pro victory on stage 3 of Tour de l’Ain, Pinot grabs race lead; Bennett victorious on stage 2 of Czech Cycling Tour; Poidevin wins second stage and overall at Colorado Classic; Murphy takes stage 1 of Colorado Classic; Despite ‘getting very old,’ Hayman remains as Orica-Scott captain for 2018; Axeon Hagens Berman team aims for Professional Continental status in 2018; Trek-Segafredo manager says team ‘not in a hurry’ to find replacement for Contador; World Champion Dideriksen to team up with Deignan in Revolution’s elite women’s championship; Video: Sagan – ‘I am young and beautiful’; Video: GoPro highlights from stage 1 of the Colorado Classic
Rally’s Sara Poidevin stormed up the infamous Moonstone Road to win the second stage of Colorado Classic in the high altitude of Breckenridge, Colorado.
At 2,926 metres (9,600 ft) above sea level, the 21-year-old climbing marvel launched a late attack, and rode her way solo to the stage victory and overall GC win. In the process, the youngst Canadian also collected the best young rider, sprint and QOM jerseys.
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Taylor Wiles (UHC Pro Cycling) attempted to chase Poidevin down, but had to settle for second place, and Abby Mickey (Colavito Pro Cycling) took third.
The second and final stage of the Colorado Classic took place on a 10.3-km loop, that was highlighted by the leg-crushing Moonstone climb, which had also been a main feature in the former USA Pro Challenge. The peloton approached the first lap with reserve as four more ascents up Moonstone Rd were to be completed, but as a race of attrition, the peloton was not
The peloton approached the first lap with reserve as four more ascents up Moonstone Road were to be completed, but with time bonuses up for grabs, the pace picked up as they approached the second lap. Lauren Hall (UHC Pro Cycling) picked up the first sprint points, before teammate Wiles went hunting for the first QOM points if the day. Poidevin took her on, however, and secured max points to secure her climber’s jersey.
The battle for points shattered the peloton, and soon the front group was reduced to just eight riders with two chase groups following behind.
Leah Thomas (Shoair TWENTY20), Wiles, Ruth Winder (UHC Pro Cycling), Katie Hall (UHC Pro Cycling), Poidevin, Nicole Bruderer (Team Tibco), Mickey, and Scotti Lechuga (Hagens Berman Supermint) compromised the lead group, while top finishers of yesterday’s stage such as Skylar Schneider (ISCorp) missed out and lead the chase.
Mickey entered the third lap with a slight advantage, picking up some time bonuses. She would be overtaken by Poidevin on the fourth ascent up Moonstone, who collected the rest of the QOM points as she charged on to the final lap. Mickey and Wiles formed the first chase with Winder, Thomas, Hall, Lechuga, Whitney Allison (Colavita Pro Cycling), Allie Dragoo (Shoair TWENTY20), Katie Antonneau (Cyclance), and Flavia Oliveira behind in a second chase group.
But the Canadian’s attack was perfectly timed. As she charged ahead, the race had been decided. Poidevin held off Wiles with a two-minute gap, and Mickey by addition 30 seconds. In addition to finishing third, Mickey also was awarded the Best Colorado rider jersey.
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