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Allie-Dragoo

Allie Dragoo

Grand Rapids’ Allie Dragoo made her debut in USA Cycling’s 2016 Pro Road Tour standings with a pair of Top 10 finishes at the Cascade Cycling Classic and Twenty16-Ridebiker and team leader Kristin Armstrong both jumped up to 3rd.

Dragoo earned 31 points with 5th in the Stage 2 time trial and 6th on GC in the 5-stage Classic July 20-24 in Bend, Ore. Dragoo debuts at 48th among the 108 women in the PRT rankings.

Dragoo’s Twenty16 team and RIO-bound team leader Armstrong both jumped into 3rd in the latest PRT rankings with dominating performances in Bend. Twenty16 won the team GC by more than 10 minutes and Armstrong powered two spots up the GC on the final stage to finish second on GC.

Allie Dragoo’s team Twenty16-Ridebiker p/b Sho-Air blew the field away Sunday in the finale of the Cascade Cycling Classic.

Dragoo finished 6th on GC on a day that saw Twenty16’s 2016 Olympian Kristin Armstrong team up with race leader Tara Whitten and ride their rivals off their wheels.CyclingIcon

Whitten won the stage to take home the overall win in the 5-stage race. Armstrong chased Whitten across the line 12 seconds later to take second on the stage and jump from 4th to second in the final GC, 1:05 behind the winner.

Armstrong’s 2016 teammate Alison Jackson was third on the stage 1:48 behind.

Three Twenty16 teammates joined Dragoo and Armstrong in the final Top 8 on GC, giving the squad the team title by over 10 minutes.

Carmen Small of Cylance Pro Cycling, who had been shadowing Whitten since losing the leader’s jersey after the Stage 2 time trial drifted back into the field and lost 2 minutes on Sunday to finish 3rd on GC, 2:31 behind Whitten.

Allie-Dragoo

Allie Dragoo

Allie Dragoo and team Tweny16-Ridebiker p/b Sho-Air will be racing to cement a podium spot for Leah Thomas and sew up the win in the team GC in today’s Awbrey Butte Circuit race finale at the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Ore.

There was little change in the standings after yesterday’s 50-minute Downtown Bend Criterium, leaving powerhouse Twenty16 with five riders in the Top 8 of the GC.

It’s a strong showing sure to move the team up in USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour standings and in the UCI points race.

Expect attacks from the start in today’s 49-mile circuit race on the fast, flat 16.3-mile course in Bend that’s a close copy of the one Dragoo lit up in the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic in June.

Dragoo is 6th on GC, 1:36 behind Cyclery-Opus’ Tara Whitten who has held the leader’s jersey since the Stage 2 time trial. Cyclance Pro Cycling’s Carmen Small is 2nd, 21 seconds back and Dragoo’s teammate Leah Thomas is 3rd 42 seconds off the lead. Twenty16’s 2016 Olympian Kristin Armstrong is 4th 49 seconds back.

Allie-Dragoo

Allie Dragoo

Grand Rapids’ Allie Dragoo has lots of Twenty16-Ridebiker company in the Top 10 of the Cascade Cycling Classic GC following teammate Kaitlin Antonneau’s Stage 3 win on Friday.

Dragoo rolled across the line 18th to claim 6th overall, 1:32 behind leader Tara Whitten.

Antonneau’s win and a 3rd place finish by Twenty16’s Leah Thomas give the team 5 riders in the Top 8.

Thomas jumped into 3rd one spot ahead of Kristin Armstrong, Twenty16’ 2016 Olympian. Dragoo is 6th followed by Antonneau in 7th and Alison Jackson in 8th.

Twenty16 has a nearly 7-minute lead in the Team GC with two stages left: Today’s 50-minute Downtown Bend Criterium and Sunday’s 49-mile Awbrey Butte circuit race.

Grand Rapids’ Allie Dragoo shot up the GC standings Thursday with a 5th-place finish in the 16-mile Crooked River Time Trial at the Cascade Cycling Classic outside Bend, Ore.CyclingIcon

Dragoo’s Twenty16-Ridebiker p/b Sho-Air team continued the time trial dominance they first displayed in winning the Tour of California team time trial in May. Twenty 16 took three of the top five spots, including 3rd by team leader Kristin Armstrong, and had four riders finish in the top 8 to take a hammerlock on 1st in the overall team standings.

Tara Whitten of The Cyclery Opus averaged almost 28.7 mph to win the TT in 33:20.66.

Armstrong was 3rd in 33:38.75 and Dragoo came home in 34:15.63.

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