Dygert sprints to stage 2 win at Tour of the Gila

Emma White is second as Katie Hall maintains overall lead

Chloe Dygert (Twenty20-Sho Air) relied on her teammates and world champion track power to sprint to victory Thursday during stage 2 at the Tour of the Gila. Dygert passed Rally Cycling's Emma White just before the line at Fort Baryard, while Diana Penuela (UnitedHealthcare) crossed the line in third. Stage 1 winner Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) finished safely in the bunch to keep her overall lead.

"It was kind of a hectic finish. There was a truck pulling out with about a K to go, and that was pretty dangerous," Dygert told Cyclingnews.

"Allie [Dragoo] had a really good lead out that spaced the group out. Emma only had one lead-out girl, so I knew I had a chance. She started going at 200 metres to go and had a little gap on me, but I thought that was kind of early. I was still in her draft and was able to come around her at the end."

Dygert pulled off the win by inches in front of her former teammate on the US National team. White also finished second to Dygert when they were juniors at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, so she understands Dygert's strength.

"There's something to be said about that girl's power. She's unbelievable," White said. "My team did great. They put me right in position where I just had to give it all. Unfortunately, I was a couple inches short at the line, but I'm still really proud of the way everybody rode. We kept our teammate [Sara Poidevan] second in GC, so that was most important today."

How it unfolded

The 119.3km stage 2 Inner Loop Road Race started at the historic military hospital Fort Bayard just outside of Silver City. The route showed little mercy on the peloton, immediately climbing to Pinos Altos at 7,010 feet of elevation. Intermediate sprints at 9.2km and 66.8km spiced up the day, along with QOMs at 18.7km, 32.5km and 102.8km.

Plenty of flat ground was interspersed between the climbs and a general downhill run to the finish, where the road rose slightly in the final kilometre, helped keep the bunch together for the bunch sprint.

White started the fireworks off at the first sprint, taking maximum points and a three-second time bonus ahead of Lily Williams (Hagens Berman Supermint) and Erika Varela (Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico).

From there, Rally and UnitedHealthcare hit the front to press the pace on the climb to Pinos Altos, causing multiple split sin the field and dropping a handful of riders from.

Frenchwoman Edwige Pitel (QCW) took maximum points at the QOM ahead of Jasmin Duehring (Twenty20-Sho Air) and Poidevan. Pitel repeated the feat at the second QOM at Meadow Creek, this time ahead of Penuela and Rally's Kirsti Lay. Pitel moved ahead of Hall in the mountains competition with just one QOM remaining on the day.

The QOM effort split the field, with the front group gaining a minute over the chasers on the descent into the valley below. UnitedHealthcare continued to set temp on the front as several riders made their way back into the front pack.

The relatively small field of just over 50 riders once again subdued the attacks, and the women's peloton stayed together of the rest of the race. Hagens Berman Supermint launched some attacks to challenge UnitedHealthcare, but Rally was mysteriously silent, possibly betting on setting up White for the sprint.

Pitel and Hall set a quick pace up the final climb, further neutralizing any attempts to attack. Pitel took the maximum points ahead of Hall, securing the QOM jersey heading into the time trial.

UnitedHealthcare took up tempo duties on the front once again, driving the pace into Fort Bayard for the finish.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air3:41:32 
2Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling  
3Diana Peñuela (Col) Unitedhealthcare Women0:00:02 
4Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling0:00:04 
5Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women  
6Leah Thomas (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women  
7Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
8Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling  
9Marcela Elizabeth Prieto (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
10Jasmin Duehring (Can) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air  
11Edwige Pitel (Fra) QCW Cycling  
12Ariadna Gutierrez Arzaluz (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico  
13Brenda Andrea Santoyo Perez (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
14Shayna Powless (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air  
15Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air  
16Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
17Erica Clevenger (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air  
18Abigail Mickey (USA) Rally Cycling  
19Yeni Lorena Colmenare (Col) Team Colombia  
20Jessica Marcela Parra Rojas (Col) Team Colombia  
21Andrea Ramírez (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
22Maria Jose Vargas (CRc) Swapit Agolico  
23Ana Maria Hernandez Delgado (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico  
24Anet Barrera (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
25Emma Lujan (Can) QCW Cycling  
26Lori Nedescu (USA) QCW Cycling  
27Serika Mitchel Guluma Ortiz (Col) Team Colombia  
28Manuela Escobar Jaramillo (Col) ALP Cycles Racing  
29Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Cycling  
30Angie Liliana Sanabria Puerto (Col) Team Colombia  
31Elizabeth Banks (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Women  
32Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling  
33Jennifer Luebke (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
34Lauren Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women  
35Justine Barrow (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer  
36Deborah Paine (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer  
37Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Roxsolt Attaquer0:01:40 
38Stefanie Sydlik (USA) QCW Cycling  
39Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:02:41 
40Kristina Vrouwenvelder (USA) ALP Cycles Racing0:04:13 
41Starla Teddergreen (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:05:46 
42Erika Haydee Varela Huerta (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico  
43Julyn Renee Aguila Hernandez (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico0:06:59 
44Amber Pierce (USA) ALP Cycles Racing  
45Renata Bucher (Swi) Roxsolt Attaquer0:07:10 
46Jannie Milena Salcedo Zambrano (Col) Team Colombia  
47Lizbeth Yareli Salazar (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:09:43 
48Tarah Cole (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:12:55 
49Emily Rodger (USA) ALP Cycles Racing0:26:22 
50Kasey McEvoy (USA) QCW Cycling0:36:45 
DNFLauretta Hanson (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Women  
DNFEllie Wood (USA) QCW Cycling  
DNFCaitlin Laroche (USA) Roxsolt Attaquer  
DNFClaudia Veronica Leal Balderas (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico  
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling5 pts
2Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint3 
3Erika Haydee Varela Huerta (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling5 pts
2Diana Peñuela (Col) Unitedhealthcare Women3 
3Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint1 
Finish Line Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air15 pts
2Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling12 
3Diana Peñuela (Col) Unitedhealthcare Women10 
4Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling8 
5Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women6 
6Leah Thomas (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women5 
7Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint4 
8Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling3 
9Marcela Elizabeth Prieto (Mex) Swapit Agolico2 
10Jasmin Duehring (Can) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Edwige Pitel (Fra) QCW Cycling5 pts
2Jasmin Duehring (Can) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air3 
3Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling2 
4Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Edwige Pitel (Fra) QCW Cycling5 pts
2Diana Peñuela (Col) Unitedhealthcare Women3 
3Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling2 
4Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Edwige Pitel (Fra) QCW Cycling5 pts
2Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women3 
3Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling2 
4Leah Thomas (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women1 
Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air3:41:32 
2Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling  
3Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:00:04 
4Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling  
5Brenda Andrea Santoyo Perez (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
6Shayna Powless (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air  
7Erica Clevenger (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air  
8Jessica Marcela Parra Rojas (Col) Team Colombia  
9Andrea Ramírez (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
10Maria Jose Vargas (CRc) Swapit Agolico  
11Anet Barrera (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
12Manuela Escobar Jaramillo (Col) ALP Cycles Racing  
13Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Cycling  
14Angie Liliana Sanabria Puerto (Col) Team Colombia  
15Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling  
16Deborah Paine (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer  
17Erika Haydee Varela Huerta (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico0:05:46 
18Julyn Renee Aguila Hernandez (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico0:06:59 
19Lizbeth Yareli Salazar (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:09:43 
DNFLauretta Hanson (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Women  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rally Cycling11:04:44 
2Twenty20 P/B Sho-Air  
3Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:02 
4Swapit Agolico0:00:04 
5Hagens Berman-Supermint  
6QCW Cycling  
7Team Colombia Women  
8Roxsolt Attaquer0:01:40 
9Team Conade-Specialized0:05:46 
10Alp Cycles Racing0:11:08 
General Classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women7:21:02 
2Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling0:00:12 
3Edwige Pitel (Fra) QCW Cycling0:00:18 
4Marcela Elizabeth Prieto (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:01:35 
5Diana Peñuela (Col) Unitedhealthcare Women0:01:36 
6Leah Thomas (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women0:01:45 
7Jasmin Duehring (Can) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air0:02:04 
8Ariadna Gutierrez Arzaluz (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico0:02:24 
9Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling0:02:42 
10Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air  
11Justine Barrow (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer0:02:53 
12Abigail Mickey (USA) Rally Cycling0:02:55 
13Jennifer Luebke (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
14Brenda Andrea Santoyo Perez (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:03:27 
15Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air0:03:29 
16Anet Barrera (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:03:30 
17Serika Mitchel Guluma Ortiz (Col) Team Colombia0:03:46 
18Andrea Ramírez (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:03:50 
19Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Cycling0:03:59 
20Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling0:04:04 
21Shayna Powless (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air0:04:08 
22Yeni Lorena Colmenare (Col) Team Colombia  
23Elizabeth Banks (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Women0:04:30 
24Maria Jose Vargas (CRc) Swapit Agolico0:04:49 
25Stefanie Sydlik (USA) QCW Cycling0:05:06 
26Manuela Escobar Jaramillo (Col) ALP Cycles Racing0:05:07 
27Jessica Marcela Parra Rojas (Col) Team Colombia0:05:32 
28Lori Nedescu (USA) QCW Cycling0:05:37 
29Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:05:39 
30Erica Clevenger (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air  
31Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:05:44 
32Ana Maria Hernandez Delgado (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico0:06:04 
33Emma Lujan (Can) QCW Cycling0:06:18 
34Deborah Paine (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer0:06:35 
35Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:06:49 
36Angie Liliana Sanabria Puerto (Col) Team Colombia0:06:57 
37Lauren Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women0:08:45 
38Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Roxsolt Attaquer0:09:00 
39Kristina Vrouwenvelder (USA) ALP Cycles Racing0:09:08 
40Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling0:09:18 
41Renata Bucher (Swi) Roxsolt Attaquer0:12:35 
42Starla Teddergreen (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:13:08 
43Erika Haydee Varela Huerta (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico0:14:34 
44Amber Pierce (USA) ALP Cycles Racing0:14:51 
45Jannie Milena Salcedo Zambrano (Col) Team Colombia0:15:43 
46Julyn Renee Aguila Hernandez (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico0:15:52 
47Lizbeth Yareli Salazar (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:16:11 
48Tarah Cole (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:16:50 
49Emily Rodger (USA) ALP Cycles Racing0:35:03 
50Kasey McEvoy (USA) QCW Cycling0:48:06 
Sprint Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling27 pts
2Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air15 
3Diana Peñuela (Col) Unitedhealthcare Women14 
4Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint11 
5Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling8 
6Erika Haydee Varela Huerta (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico7 
7Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women6 
8Leah Thomas (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women5 
9Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling3 
10Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Roxsolt Attaquer3 
11Marcela Elizabeth Prieto (Mex) Swapit Agolico2 
12Jasmin Duehring (Can) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air1 
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Edwige Pitel (Fra) QCW Cycling24 pts
2Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women19 
3Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling15 
4Marcela Elizabeth Prieto (Mex) Swapit Agolico7 
5Diana Peñuela (Col) Unitedhealthcare Women6 
6Leah Thomas (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women6 
7Jasmin Duehring (Can) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air4 
8Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling4 
Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling7:21:14 
2Brenda Andrea Santoyo Perez (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:03:15 
3Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air0:03:17 
4Anet Barrera (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:03:18 
5Andrea Ramírez (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:03:38 
6Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Cycling0:03:47 
7Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling0:03:52 
8Shayna Powless (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air0:03:56 
9Maria Jose Vargas (CRc) Swapit Agolico0:04:37 
10Manuela Escobar Jaramillo (Col) ALP Cycles Racing0:04:55 
11Jessica Marcela Parra Rojas (Col) Team Colombia0:05:20 
12Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:05:27 
13Erica Clevenger (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air  
14Deborah Paine (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer0:06:23 
15Angie Liliana Sanabria Puerto (Col) Team Colombia0:06:45 
16Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling0:09:06 
17Erika Haydee Varela Huerta (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico0:14:22 
18Julyn Renee Aguila Hernandez (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico0:15:40 
19Lizbeth Yareli Salazar (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:15:59 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling22:06:44 
2Rally Cycling0:02:13 
3Twenty20 P/B Sho-Air0:04:47 
4Swapit Agolico0:04:54 
5Qcw Cycling0:05:51 
6Hagens Berman / Supermint0:07:28 
7Team Colombia Women0:09:48 
8Roxsolt Attaquer0:12:15 
9Team Conade-Specialized0:12:56 
10Alp Cycles Racing0:25:28 

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