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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.

 

Twenty16-Ridebiker’s Allie Dragoo from Grand Rapids shook up Stage 1 of the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Ore., on Wednesday in a late 6-rider breakaway before finishing 14th in the 84-rider field, 13 seconds off the lead.

Allie-Dragoo

Allie Dragoo

Look for Dragoo and team leader Kristin Armstrong (currently 4th) to move up in today’s 16-mile Crooked River Time Trial. Dragoo looks on form after winning the recent Utah State Time Trial Championships by almost 1½ minutes in 39:55, a time that threatened to put her on the Men’s Cat 1-2-3 podium.

Today’s out and back TT course makes a gentle climb for 8 miles from Prineville up to the turnaround at the Prineville Reservoir.

Carmen Small, passed over in favor of Armstrong for the 2016 US Olympic Team, leads the Twenty16 team leader by 10 seconds.

Twenty16 leads the team standings with five riders in the Top 20, led by Alison Jackson who finished in third on Stage 1. Small’s Cylance Pro Cycling team is 13th in the 14-team field.

The Classic continues with the 83-mile Cascade Lakes road race Friday and 50-minute Downtown Bend Criterium on Saturday. The race finishes Sunday with the 49-mile Awbrey Butte circuit race.

 

Allie-Dragoo

Allie Dragoo

 

Allie Dragoo of Grand Rapids and her Twenty16-Ridebiker p/b Sho-Air team are primed to climb up USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour rankings beginning today at the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Ore.

The race is a UCI Women’s Elite 2.2 event.

Dragoo and Twenty16 are coming off a solid performance last weekend at the PRT’s Boise Twilight Criterium, where team leader and 2016 Olympian Kristin Armstrong finished with the lead pack in 6th place.CyclingIcon

Dragoo gave up her chance to defend the Boise title she won in 2015 to help keep Armstrong at the front.

The 5-stage Cascade Classic begins this afternoon with a 90-mile road race from Smith Rock to McKenzie.

However, the real fireworks could start in tomorrow’s 16-mile time trial, where last year’s GC runner-up Armstrong will be defending her TT title. Cylance Pro Cycling’s Carmen Small, passed over in favor of Armstrong for the US Olympic Team, will also surely be gunning for a TT victory. Armstrong beat Small in both TT’s in 2012, the only time the two have gone head-to-head at the Classic. Small was 3rd and 6th in the 2012 TTs.

And don’t count Dragoo out. She was 2nd and 6th in the Cascade’s two TTs in 2014, the only other time she’s raced the Classic.

The Classic continues with the 83-mile Cascade Lakes road race Friday and 50-minute Downtown Bend Criterium on Saturday. The race finishes Sunday with the 49-mile Awbrey Butte circuit race.

Armstrong, 5th in the PRT individual standings, and Twenty16, 5th in the team standings, could move up with good results in Bend. None of the riders ranked ahead of Armstrong and only one of the Top 5 teams will be in Bend.

Twenty16 riders have won two of the last four Classics – Kristin McGrath in 2013 and Andrea Dvorak last year.

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