Dragoo wins Cascade Cycling Classic overall

Sara Poidevin won the final stage at the Cascade Cycling Classic Sunday, but the Rally Cycling rider was unable to overcome the deficit to race leader Allie Dragoo (Sho-Air Twenty20), who took an emotional overall win for the team she only recently re-joined.

Dragoo finished third on the stage behind Poidevan and Emma Grant (Colavita-Bianchi), and it was good enough to seal her general classification victory by seven seconds over Poidevin and one minute over teammate Jasmin Duehring in third.

After the win, a tearful Dragoo thanked her team for the effort throughout the week after she took yellow on stage 2.

"My team gave their all for me and I'm really proud of them," Dragoo said. "It means a lot to me how much they worked. I was so anxious and stressed, obviously, because I've never been in this position in a nice stage race like this, and I just owe it to all of them.

"It's really special to me, especially because it's been a couple years of ups and down, and it really feels good to end the stage race season with a win," said Dragoo, who moved to Cervelo Bigla in the offseason but returned to the Sho-Air team last month. "I owe it all to my team, so thank you."

The 78km stage on the edge of host city Bend, Oregon, offered a saw-tooth profile for the women as they traversed three laps of the circuit. Temperatures nearing 100 degrees Fahrenheit only added to the day's challenge.

The race started aggressively with multiple attacks flying off the front of the field. Nothing could stick, however, as Rally and Sho-Air continued to pull back the moves. Sho-Air would pull back any Rally attacks, and Rally would pull back almost everything else.

A breakaway of three that included Abbey Mickey (Colavita-Bianchi), Stephanie Roorda (Sho-Air Twenty20) and Hiedi Franz (Rally) stuck a move during the second lap. The trio had a gap of 1:10 with 40km to go and Sho-Air on the front of the peloton.

Rally slipped Sho-Air's grasp and sent Poidevin and stage 1 winner Kirsti Lay up the road to join the break when the gap was just 18 seconds. Sho-Air immediately recognized the dangerous move and had Dragoo and two other riders fighting to bring it back.

Over the top of the first QOM of the day, the breakaway composure got shook up again, with Kaitie Antonneau (Cylance) and Margot Clyne (JLVelo) joining Poidevin and Roorda up front with a slight gap.

Sho-Air chased down the move with 20km to go, and the race reshuffled once more. Another group of five sneaked away and built a gap of 20 seconds, but Dragoo and Sho-Air again mowed down the advantage, and with 5km to go it was clear the race would come down to the 500 metre finishing climb, where Poidevin made the winning move.

"I was second or third wheel going into the bottom of the final climb, and I just went as hard as I could to the steep pitch," Poidevin said. "I was sitting second for most of the way up, and then at the line just had a little bit extra. It was cool to come away with the win.

"I didn't look back," Poidevin said. "I just tried to go as hard as I could, because that's all any of us could do at that stage. I just hoped I was getting more of a gap than I did."

After the finish, Dragoo said she got a little help up the final climb from "the man upstairs."

"I was just praying this whole way up this climb because I knew it was going to be very hard," she said. "She was riding away from me like no big deal, and I was just praying like, ‘Please give me legs. Please give me legs.' Thankfully, I got third and got some seconds, but it was very close.

"It feels really good," Dragoo said. "I'm crying because – I don't know if I was expected or I just put the expectations on myself was more like it – so it feels good to win for once." 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling2:03:51
2Emma Grant (GBr) Colavita/BianchiRow 1 - Cell 2
3Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY200:00:03
4Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:09
5Jennifer Luebke (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:00:12
6Jasmin Duehring (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY200:00:15
7Jennifer Valente (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY200:00:36
8Carrie Cartmill (Can) JLVelo Cycling p/b The FreewheelRow 7 - Cell 2
9Margot Clyne (USA) JLVelo Cycling p/b The FreewheelRow 8 - Cell 2
10Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Team Illuminate0:00:45
11Sara Bergen (Can) Rally CyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Véronique Bilodeau (Can) SAS - MACOGEPRow 11 - Cell 2
13Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:00:53
14Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint0:00:55
15Abigail Mickey (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:01:09
16Stephanie Roorda (Can) Sho-Air Twenty200:01:11
17Amber Pierce (USA) Colavita/BianchiRow 16 - Cell 2
18Claire Rose (GBr) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:01:40
19Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling0:03:58
20Stefanie Sydlik (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:08:53
21Ryan Levering (USA) JLVelo Cycling p/b The Freewheel0:08:58
22Katherine Salthouse (USA) Landis/Trek0:09:03
23Jennifer Tetrick (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:09:12
24Starla Teddergreen (USA) Hagens Berman / SupermintRow 23 - Cell 2
25Shayna Powless (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:09:15
26Erica Clevenger (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro CyclingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tarah Cole (USA) Hagens Berman SupermintRow 26 - Cell 2
28Emma Lujan (Can) Trek Red Truck RacingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Danielle Morshead (USA) JLVelo Cycling p/b The Freewheel0:09:19
30Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Womens CyclingRow 29 - Cell 2
31Julie Emmerman (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro CyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Grace Anderson (NZl) Team IlluminateRow 31 - Cell 2
33Nicole Pressprich (USA) Point S RacingRow 32 - Cell 2
34Elyse Fraser (NZl) New Zealand Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Astrid Gassner (Aut) Colavita/BianchiRow 34 - Cell 2
36Anna Gabrielle Traxler (Can) Trek Red Truck RacingRow 35 - Cell 2
37Kathryn Buss (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 36 - Cell 2
38Beth Ann Orton (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint0:09:22
39Emily Rodger (Can) Landis/Trek0:09:23
40Racquel Sheath (NZl) New Zealand Cycling TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 40 - Cell 2
42Catherine Ouellette (Can) Desjardins-Ford0:09:26
43Breanne Nalder (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro CyclingRow 42 - Cell 2
44Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally Cycling0:09:29
45Bryony Botha (NZl) New Zealand Cycling TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Callie Swan (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing0:09:30
47Jessica Mundy (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi0:09:33
48Katherine Maine (Can) Rally CyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20Row 48 - Cell 2
50Allyson Gillard (Can) Desjardins-Ford0:09:36
51Alexandra Burton (USA) Point S Racing0:09:38
52Sofia Arreola (Mex) Sho-Air Twenty200:09:44
53Alexandra Millard (USA) Team Illuminate0:09:46
54Mandy Heintz (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:09:51
55Kathryn Donovan (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro CyclingRow 54 - Cell 2
56Heather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:10:00
57Gillian Ellsay (Can) Colavita/Bianchi0:10:03
58Holly Edmondston (NZl) New Zealand Cycling Team0:13:06
59Summer Moak (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY200:14:54
60Dafne Theroux Izquierdo (Can) Desjardins-Ford0:15:03
OTLLori Nedescu (USA) Point S Racing0:23:37
OTLMallory Miller (USA) Point S Racing0:23:42
DNFErica Allar (USA) Rally CyclingRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFAmy Benner (USA) Rally CyclingRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Talman (Can) Trek Red Truck RacingRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFKendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 65 - Cell 2
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Final General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY2011:40:57
2Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling0:00:07
3Jasmin Duehring (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY200:01:00
4Jennifer Luebke (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:02:13
5Jennifer Valente (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY200:02:18
6Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling0:02:27
7Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:02:44
8Emma Grant (GBr) Colavita/BianchiRow 7 - Cell 2
9Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:04:05
10Stephanie Roorda (Can) Sho-Air Twenty200:04:39
11Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint0:05:03
12Margot Clyne (USA) JLVelo Cycling p/b The Freewheel0:05:38
13Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling0:05:42
14Véronique Bilodeau (Can) SAS - MACOGEP0:06:19
15Abigail Mickey (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:07:44
16Carrie Cartmill (Can) JLVelo Cycling p/b The Freewheel0:07:58
17Amber Pierce (USA) Colavita/Bianchi0:11:22
18Julie Emmerman (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:11:25
19Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Womens Cycling0:12:14
20Kathryn Buss (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:12:19
21Stefanie Sydlik (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:12:59
22Beth Ann Orton (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint0:14:05
23Tarah Cole (USA) Hagens Berman Supermint0:14:12
24Claire Rose (GBr) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:14:52
25Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:15:25
26Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Team Illuminate0:15:53
27Erica Clevenger (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:16:26
28Emma Lujan (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing0:16:31
29Elyse Fraser (NZl) New Zealand Cycling Team0:16:50
30Catherine Ouellette (Can) Desjardins-Ford0:17:45
31Ryan Levering (USA) JLVelo Cycling p/b The Freewheel0:18:04
32Shayna Powless (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:19:12
33Jennifer Tetrick (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:19:49
34Emily Rodger (Can) Landis/Trek0:19:52
35Starla Teddergreen (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint0:20:01
36Breanne Nalder (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:20:05
37Kathryn Donovan (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:20:14
38Nicole Pressprich (USA) Point S Racing0:20:40
39Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Sho-Air Twenty200:21:04
40Callie Swan (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing0:22:44
41Katherine Salthouse (USA) Landis/Trek0:22:45
42Anna Gabrielle Traxler (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing0:22:49
43Alexandra Burton (USA) Point S Racing0:24:19
44Bryony Botha (NZl) New Zealand Cycling Team0:24:32
45Holly Edmondston (NZl) New Zealand Cycling Team0:24:54
46Jessica Mundy (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi0:25:14
47Mandy Heintz (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro CyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Racquel Sheath (NZl) New Zealand Cycling Team0:25:28
49Alexandra Millard (USA) Team Illuminate0:26:38
50Heather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:29:23
51Grace Anderson (NZl) Team Illuminate0:29:51
52Allyson Gillard (Can) Desjardins-Ford0:30:57
53Katherine Maine (Can) Rally Cycling0:31:28
54Astrid Gassner (Aut) Colavita/Bianchi0:33:26
55Gillian Ellsay (Can) Colavita/Bianchi0:36:05
56Sofia Arreola (Mex) Sho-Air Twenty200:36:13
57Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally Cycling0:36:16
58Dafne Theroux Izquierdo (Can) Desjardins-Ford0:37:52
59Danielle Morshead (USA) JLVelo Cycling p/b The Freewheel0:41:28
60Summer Moak (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY200:49:41
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling14pts
2Claire Rose (GBr) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling13Row 1 - Cell 3
3Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Womens Cycling6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Holly Edmondston (NZl) New Zealand Cycling Team6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling5Row 4 - Cell 3
6Emma Grant (GBr) Colavita/Bianchi4Row 5 - Cell 3
7Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY203Row 6 - Cell 3
8Heather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally Cycling3Row 8 - Cell 3
10Jennifer Valente (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY202Row 9 - Cell 3
11Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling2Row 10 - Cell 3
12Abigail Mickey (USA) Colavita/Bianchi2Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jennifer Luebke (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling1Row 12 - Cell 3
14Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi1Row 13 - Cell 3
15Stephanie Roorda (Can) Sho-Air Twenty201Row 14 - Cell 3
16Starla Teddergreen (USA) Hagens Berman / Supermint1Row 15 - Cell 3
17Racquel Sheath (NZl) New Zealand Cycling Team1Row 16 - Cell 3
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Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling12pts
2Margot Clyne (USA) JLVelo Cycling p/b The Freewheel10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Emma Grant (GBr) Colavita/Bianchi6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling5Row 3 - Cell 3
5Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling5Row 4 - Cell 3
6Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY204Row 5 - Cell 3
7Abigail Mickey (USA) Colavita/Bianchi4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Kathryn Buss (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank4Row 7 - Cell 3
9Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling3Row 8 - Cell 3
10Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling2Row 9 - Cell 3
11Claire Rose (GBr) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling2Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jasmin Duehring (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY201Row 11 - Cell 3
13Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Womens Cycling1Row 12 - Cell 3
14Heather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank1Row 13 - Cell 3
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Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling11:41:04
2Jennifer Valente (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY200:02:11
3Margot Clyne (USA) JLVelo Cycling p/b The Freewheel0:05:31
4Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Womens Cycling0:12:07
5Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Team Illuminate0:15:46
6Erica Clevenger (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:16:19
7Catherine Ouellette (Can) Desjardins-Ford0:17:38
8Shayna Powless (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:19:05
9Callie Swan (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing0:22:37
10Anna Gabrielle Traxler (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing0:22:42
11Bryony Botha (NZl) New Zealand Cycling Team0:24:25
12Holly Edmondston (NZl) New Zealand Cycling Team0:24:47
13Jessica Mundy (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi0:25:07
14Racquel Sheath (NZl) New Zealand Cycling Team0:25:21
15Grace Anderson (NZl) Team Illuminate0:29:44
16Allyson Gillard (Can) Desjardins-Ford0:30:50
17Katherine Maine (Can) Rally Cycling0:31:21
18Astrid Gassner (Aut) Colavita/Bianchi0:33:19
19Gillian Ellsay (Can) Colavita/Bianchi0:35:58
20Dafne Theroux Izquierdo (Can) Desjardins-Ford0:37:45
21Danielle Morshead (USA) JLVelo Cycling p/b The Freewheel0:41:21
22Summer Moak (USA) Sho-Air TWENTY200:49:34
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Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sho-Air TWENTY2035:06:17
2Rally Womens Cycling0:05:10
3Colavita |Bianchi0:08:56
4Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling0:11:59
5JLVelo Cycling p/b The Freewheel0:26:16
6Hagens Berman Supermint0:35:50
8Point S Racing0:55:38
9Trek Red Truck Racing0:56:33
10New Zealand Cycling Team0:57:53
11Team Tibco0:58:01
12Team Illuminate1:03:36

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.

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