Colorado Classic: Poidevin wins women's overall in Breckenridge

Wiles finishes second on final stage

Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling) relied on her climbing prowess in Breckenridge to seize the final stage win and the overall victory Friday at the Colorado Classic Women's Race, taking the stage by two minutes over runner-up Tayler Wiles (UNitedHealthcare) and by 2:36 over third-placed Abby Mickey (Colavita-Bianchi).

"A couple weeks ago at Cascade, we came so close to the GC," Poidevin said after the stage. "We had a big competition with 2020, and it was real fight to the end. It was a great win by them, but it was so close. To come away with the win this week is really exciting for us."

The stage in Breckenridge was quite a bit different than the opener the day before in Colorado Springs, where track specialist Jannifer Valente (Sho-Air Twenty20) took the win and the race lead. 

Poidevin sailed away on the Moonstone Road climb on Friday to seal the overall victory in the two-day race, also adding the mountains classification, the sprint classification and the prize for Best Young Rider to her palmares.

"I knew that I was outnumbered, especially by UnitedHealthcare," Poidevin said of the finale. "Going into the second-to-last lap, I really wanted to make sure I wouldn’t get worked over by them because they had so many riders in the front group. My only thought was to try to get up the road with Abby Mickey and work with her. Once I started going, no one was on my wheel, so at that point I had to go. If the UHC girls were all spread out they couldn’t work together, either, so I knew that if I was working hard, then everyone else was working just as hard."

The women tackled five laps for 51.5km on the difficult course at attitude in Breckenridge, with multiple climbs of Moonstone Road providing the day's biggest challenge.

The peloton finished the first lap mostly together as Lauren Hall (UnitedHealthcare), Katie Compton (Amy D Foundation) and Mickey claimed the points on the first sprint of the day. The field started to split heading up tot he QOM on the second lap, and a group of 12 pulled away that included Poidevin, Wiles, Katie Antonneau (Cylance) Flavia Oliveira (Fearless Femme), Leah Thomas (Sho-Air Twenty20) and Allie Dragoo (Sho-Air Twenty20)

Cascade Classic winner Dragoo eventually suffered a mechanical and dropped out of lead group, left to chase for the rest of the afternoon. The gap to the leaders continued to grow on lap 3, where Hall, Scotti Lechuga (Hagens Berman-Supermint) and Mickey lost contact. The trio battled back into the group, and Mickely attacked at the end of the lap and took the max sprint points ahead of Poidevin and Thomas.

"I didn’t really attack," Mickey said. "I was just following Ruth Winder over the top and pushed it on the downhill. When I looked back I had a gap. I knew that I couldn’t accelerate with Sara, so I just tried to hold the gap as long as I could. She came over me on the QOM on lap 4 and went off the front, and I couldn’t hold her pace."

It was Poidevin's time to shine from there, despite UnitedHelthcare having superior numbers. The young Canadian attacked at the top of the KOM on lap four and quickly gained the gap she'd hold to the finish. Wiles tried in vain to chase Poidevin over the final lap as the peloton exploded, but the UnitedHealthcare rider was unable to bring back her Rally foe. Mickey held on for third, setting up the final overall podium places.

"It was hard," Wiles said after the stage. "Sara is a very worthy winner. We had the numbers. We had four people for a long time and she was on her own, and she was able to follow all of us and then counter us. I definitely came here to win, I love this race. Two years ago was one of my favourite races. We did our best, and Sara is a very worthy winner."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally1:35:39 
2Tayler Wiles (USA) Unitedhealthcare0:02:00 
3Abigail Mickey (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:02:36 
4Ruth Winder (USA) Unitedhealthcare0:03:09 
5Katie Antonneau (USA) Cylance  
6Flavia Oliveira (USA) Fearless Femme  
7Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
8Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
9Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:03:12 
10Katie Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare0:03:13 
11Scotti Lechuga (USA) Hagens Berman - Supermint0:03:45 
12Skylar Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered By Progress0:06:32 
13Kelly Catlin (USA) Rally  
14Lauren Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare  
15Nicolle Bruderer (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:07:11 
16Sofia Arreola (Mex) Sho-Air Twenty20  
17Kathryn Buss (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
18Rushlee Buchanan (USA) Unitedhealthcare  
19Ariadna Gutierrez (USA) Conade - Visit Mexico - Specialized0:07:18 
20Veronica Leal (USA) Conade - Visit Mexico - Specialized  
21Emma Grant (GBr) Colavita/Bianchi0:07:40 
22Emily Newsom (USA) Fearless Femme  
23Alexandra Millard (USA) Team Illuminate0:07:50 
24Megan Jastrab (USA) Amy D. Foundation0:07:58 
25Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman - Supermint0:08:11 
26Julie Emmerman (USA) Visit Dallas Dna  
27Jennifer Valente (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:08:30 
28Steph Roorda (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20  
29Jen Luebke (USA) Visit Dallas Dna  
OTLKatie Compton (USA) Iscorp Powered By Progress0:09:37 
OTLRachel Langdon (USA) Iscorp Powered By Progress0:10:31 
OTLLynne Anderson (USA) Alps Cycles Women's Racing0:10:57 
OTLShayna Powless (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
OTLJillian Bearden (USA) Palmares0:11:16 
OTLKathryn Donovan (USA) Visit Dallas Dna0:11:51 
OTLStefanie Sydlik (USA) Visit Dallas Dna  
OTLCharlotte Backus (USA) Amy D. Foundation0:12:13 
OTLJanelle Cole (USA) Unitedhealthcare  
OTLKristina Vrouwenvelder (USA) Alps Cycles Women's Racing  
OTLHeidi Franz (USA) Amy D. Foundation0:12:15 
OTLBeth Ann Orton (USA) Amy D. Foundation  
OTLEmma White (USA) Rally  
OTLLily Williams (USA) Fearless Femme  
OTLAna Hernandez (USA) Conade - Visit Mexico - Specialized  
OTLCory Popovich (USA) Alps Cycles Women's Racing  
OTLCaroline Mani (Fra) Palmares  
OTLHeather Fischer (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:12:44 
OTLBrianna Walle (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
OTLKat Salthouse (USA) Amy D. Foundation0:12:49 
OTLAmy Benner (USA) Rally0:12:56 
OTLMikayla Harvey (USA) Team Illuminate0:12:57 
OTLLucy Bechtel (USA) Fearless Femme0:13:03 
OTLJennifer Tetrick (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:14:30 
OTLTracey Jacobs (USA) Alps Cycles Women's Racing0:14:49 
OTLGrace Anderson (USA) Team Illuminate0:15:43 
OTLJessica Mundy (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:16:48 
OTLAstrid Gassner (Aut) Colavita/Bianchi  
OTLErika Varela (USA) Conade - Visit Mexico - Specialized0:17:31 
OTLNtonieta Gaxiola (USA) Conade - Visit Mexico - Specialized  
OTLJulyn Aguila (USA) Conade - Visit Mexico - Specialized  
OTLEmily Jordan (USA) Palmares0:18:07 
OTLRachel Plessing (USA) Alps Cycles Women's Racing0:21:06 
OTLFlora Yan (USA) Fearless Femme0:22:46 
OTLGwen Inglis (USA) Palmares0:23:36 
OTLJenna Stauffer (USA) Palmares  
OTLKendelle Hodges (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi0:32:11 
DNFSara Bergen (Can) Rally  
DNFAllison Beveridge (Can) Rally  
DNFErica Clevenger (USA) Visit Dallas Dna  
DNFMandy Heintz (USA) Visit Dallas Dna  
DNFSamantha Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered By Progress  
DNFJosie Talbot (USA) Iscorp Powered By Progress  
DNFHannah Shell (USA) Iscorp Powered By Progress  
DNFRebecca Wiasak (USA) Fearless Femme  
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lauren Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare)5 pts
2Katie Compton (USA) Amy D Foundation3 
3Abby Mickey (USA) Colavita Bianchi1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Abby Mickey (USA) Colavita Bianchi5 pts
2Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally3 
3Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty201 
Finish Line Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally15 pts
2Tayler Wiles (USA) UnitedHealthcare12 
3Abby Mickey (USA) Colavita Bianchi10 
4Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare7 
5Katie Antonneau (USA) Cylance6 
6Flavia Oliveira(Bra) Fearless Femme5 
7Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita-Bianchi4 
8Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty203 
9Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air Twenty202 
10Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare1 
QOM 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally6 pts
2Tayler Wiles (USA) UnitedHealthcare5 
3Katie Antonneau (USA) Cylance4 
4Flavia Oliveira(Bra) Fearless Femme3 
5Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty201 
QOM 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally6 pts
2Tayler Wiles (USA) UnitedHealthcare5 
3Abby Mickey (USA) Colavita Bianchi4 
4Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare3 
5Katie Antonneau (USA) Cylance1 
Final General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally3:08:27 
2Tayler Wiles (USA) Unitedhealthcare0:02:06 
3Abigail Mickey (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:02:40 
4Ruth Winder (USA) Unitedhealthcare0:03:18 
5Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:03:20 
6Katie Antonneau (USA) Cylance0:03:21 
7Flavia Oliveira (USA) Fearless Femme  
8Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
9Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:03:24 
10Katie Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare0:03:25 
11Scotti Lechuga (USA) Hagens Berman - Supermint0:03:57 
12Skylar Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered By Progress0:06:38 
13Lauren Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare0:06:41 
14Kelly Catlin (USA) Rally0:06:44 
15Sofia Arreola (Mex) Sho-Air Twenty200:07:23 
16Nicolle Bruderer (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
17Kathryn Buss (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
18Ariadna Gutierrez (USA) Conade - Visit Mexico - Specialized0:07:30 
19Veronica Leal (USA) Conade - Visit Mexico - Specialized  
20Rushlee Buchanan (USA) Unitedhealthcare0:07:37 
21Emma Grant (GBr) Colavita/Bianchi0:07:52 
22Emily Newsom (USA) Fearless Femme  
23Alexandra Millard (USA) Team Illuminate0:08:02 
24Megan Jastrab (USA) Amy D. Foundation0:08:10 
25Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman - Supermint0:08:23 
26Julie Emmerman (USA) Visit Dallas Dna  
27Jennifer Valente (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:08:32 
28Jen Luebke (USA) Visit Dallas Dna0:08:42 
29Steph Roorda (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20  
Sprint Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally18 pts
2Abigail Mickey (USA) Colavita/Bianchi16 
3Jennifer Valente (USA) Sho-Air Twenty2015 
4Tayler Wiles (USA) Unitedhealthcare12 
5Skylar Schneider (USA) Iscorp Powered By Progress12 
6Ruth Winder (USA) Unitedhealthcare11 
7Lauren Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare10 
8Emma White (USA) Rally10 
9Heather Fischer (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank8 
10Katie Antonneau (USA) Cylance6 
11Beth Ann Orton (USA) Amy D. Foundation5 
12Erika Varela (USA) Conade - Visit Mexico - Specialized5 
13Flavia Oliveira (USA) Fearless Femme5 
14Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty204 
15Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi4 
16Brianna Walle (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank3 
17Kendelle Hodges (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi3 
18Katie Compton (USA) Iscorp Powered By Progress3 
19Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air Twenty202 
20Katie Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare1 
21Jessica Mundy (USA) Colavita/Bianchi1 
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally20 pts
2Tayler Wiles (USA) Unitedhealthcare16 
3Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Fearless Femme7 
4Katie Antonneau (USA) Cylance5 
5Abigail Mickey (USA) Colavita/Bianchi4 
6Ruth Winder (USA) Unitedhealthcare3 
7Leah Thomas (USA) Sho-Air Twenty201 
8Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air Twenty201 
9Sofia Arreola (Mex) Sho-Air Twenty201 
Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally3:08:27 
2Skylar Schneider (USA) IScorp0:06:38 
3Kelly Catlin (USA) Rally0:06:44 
4Megan Jastrab (USA) Amy D Foundation0:08:10 
Best Colorado Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Abigail Mickey (USA) Colavita-Bianchi3:11:07 
2Ruth Winder (USA) UnitedHealthcare0:00:38 
3Katie Antonneau (USA) Cylance0:00:41 
4Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Fearless Femme  
5Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita-Bianchi  
6Lauren Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare0:04:01 
7Alexandra Millard (USA) Team Illuminate0:05:22 
8Julie Emmerman (USA) Visit Dallas DNA0:05:43 
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