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by Shane Stokes
August 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Theuns wins stage four of the BinckBank Tour; Teuns wins stage one of the Arctic Race of Norway; Bouhanni wins stage 2 of the Tour de l’Ain; Valente wins first stage of Inaugural Colorado Classic; Bound for Vuelta and bowled over by support, Hansen thanks fans; Formolo joins Bora-hansgrohe, team extends contracts of Bennett, Selig and others; Boswell becomes first American to sign for Katusha; Gila stage winner Narvaez joins QuickStep Floors, Serry extends; Greipel frustrated by lack of recent success: ‘I cannot even sprint’; Bay Crits cancelled for 2018; Video: Alberto Contador – The Legend; Video: Meet Rosella Bonfanti, UCI Commissaire – Women’s Cycling; Video: Cyclist gets physical with bike thief
The women’s peloton took to the streets of Colorado Springs in the first edition of the Colorado Classic, and after a short but exciting 61 kilometres, it was Jennifer Valente (Shoair Twenty20) who finished on top.
Skylar Schneider (ISCorp) and Emma White (Rally Cycling) rounded off the podium in 2nd and 3rd, respectively, making it an all U23 podium.
The opening event took riders on a 61-kilometre course (38 miles) with 680 meters (2,230ft) of climbing through the iconic sandstone formations of the Garden of the Gods for two laps before three short circuits in downtown Colorado Springs.
Though the race was short in length, it proved to be an aggressive one with multiple gaps and breaks forming. The high speeds made it impossible for riders to stay away, and as the peloton headed into the final three laps around downtown Colorado Springs, the pack readied themselves for a mass sprint. Not a fan of mass finishes, Alison Tetrick (Cyclance Pro Cycling) took a flyer with two laps to go, but was reeled back. In the mad dash to the line, it was Valente who got there first.
Young Canadian up-and-comer Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling) hunted for QOM points all day, successfully taking max points on both climbs, putting her in the Colorado Tourism Queen of the mountain jersey ahead of Taylor Wiles (United Healthcare).
The intermediate sprints were hotly contested by a number of teams, but by winning the overall, it’s Valenta who leads the sprints competition as well.
Tomorrow, the ladies take on Stage two in Breckenridge. The race starts at 11:00 a.m. local time. Follow along at #coloradoclassic and @CoClassicPro for race updates.