By Kirsten Robbins
Aaron's Kristin Sanders claimed her maiden National Racing Calendar stage win on the Cascade Cycling Classic's second stage. Sanders was delighted with the victory, which saw her ride ahead of her breakaway companions to claim the stage win.
"This is my first NRC win and I can't believe it, I'm so excited," said Sanders. "It was a hard climb but the difficulty really comes with the pace."
The Aaron's rider was one of six in the day's break away. She managed to separate herself from the other five riders on the day's 16 kilometre climb, where overall leader Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo-Lifeforce) managed to overcome a five minute deficit to catch three of the break away riders.
"We expected the race to be aggressive and once we got into the break we assess the situation," said Sanders. "I get excited in break situations and it's easy to do that so I tried to contain myself until the end."
Armstrong has tipped Sanders as a strong rider for today's 15 mile Skyliners Time Trial. The time trial will be followed by a criterium later in the day.