Dygert sprints to stage 2 win at Tour of the Gila

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.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air3:41:32
2Emma White (USA) Rally CyclingRow 1 - Cell 2
3Diana Peñuela (Col) Unitedhealthcare Women0:00:02
4Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling0:00:04
5Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare WomenRow 4 - Cell 2
6Leah Thomas (USA) Unitedhealthcare WomenRow 5 - Cell 2
7Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-SupermintRow 6 - Cell 2
8Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Marcela Elizabeth Prieto (Mex) Swapit AgolicoRow 8 - Cell 2
10Jasmin Duehring (Can) Twenty20 p/b Sho-AirRow 9 - Cell 2
11Edwige Pitel (Fra) QCW CyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Ariadna Gutierrez Arzaluz (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit MexicoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Brenda Andrea Santoyo Perez (Mex) Swapit AgolicoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Shayna Powless (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-AirRow 13 - Cell 2
15Allie Dragoo (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-AirRow 14 - Cell 2
16Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman-SupermintRow 15 - Cell 2
17Erica Clevenger (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-AirRow 16 - Cell 2
18Abigail Mickey (USA) Rally CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Yeni Lorena Colmenare (Col) Team ColombiaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jessica Marcela Parra Rojas (Col) Team ColombiaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Andrea Ramírez (Mex) Swapit AgolicoRow 20 - Cell 2
22Maria Jose Vargas (CRc) Swapit AgolicoRow 21 - Cell 2
23Ana Maria Hernandez Delgado (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit MexicoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Anet Barrera (Mex) Swapit AgolicoRow 23 - Cell 2
25Emma Lujan (Can) QCW CyclingRow 24 - Cell 2
26Lori Nedescu (USA) QCW CyclingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Serika Mitchel Guluma Ortiz (Col) Team ColombiaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Manuela Escobar Jaramillo (Col) ALP Cycles RacingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Heidi Franz (USA) Rally CyclingRow 28 - Cell 2
30Angie Liliana Sanabria Puerto (Col) Team ColombiaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Elizabeth Banks (GBr) UnitedHealthcare WomenRow 30 - Cell 2
32Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally CyclingRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jennifer Luebke (USA) Hagens Berman-SupermintRow 32 - Cell 2
34Lauren Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare WomenRow 33 - Cell 2
35Justine Barrow (Aus) Roxsolt AttaquerRow 34 - Cell 2
36Deborah Paine (Aus) Roxsolt AttaquerRow 35 - Cell 2
37Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Roxsolt Attaquer0:01:40
38Stefanie Sydlik (USA) QCW CyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
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 MexicoRow 41 - Cell 2
43Julyn Renee Aguila Hernandez (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico0:06:59
44Amber Pierce (USA) ALP Cycles RacingRow 43 - Cell 2
45Renata Bucher (Swi) Roxsolt Attaquer0:07:10
46Jannie Milena Salcedo Zambrano (Col) Team ColombiaRow 45 - Cell 2
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 WomenRow 50 - Cell 2
DNFEllie Wood (USA) QCW CyclingRow 51 - Cell 2
DNFCaitlin Laroche (USA) Roxsolt AttaquerRow 52 - Cell 2
DNFClaudia Veronica Leal Balderas (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit MexicoRow 53 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling5pts
2Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Erika Haydee Varela Huerta (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling5pts
2Diana Peñuela (Col) Unitedhealthcare Women3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Finish Line Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air15pts
2Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Diana Peñuela (Col) Unitedhealthcare Women10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling8Row 3 - Cell 3
5Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Leah Thomas (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Marcela Elizabeth Prieto (Mex) Swapit Agolico2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Jasmin Duehring (Can) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air1Row 9 - Cell 3
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QOM 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Edwige Pitel (Fra) QCW Cycling5pts
2Jasmin Duehring (Can) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women1Row 3 - Cell 3
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QOM 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Edwige Pitel (Fra) QCW Cycling5pts
2Diana Peñuela (Col) Unitedhealthcare Women3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling1Row 3 - Cell 3
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QOM 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Edwige Pitel (Fra) QCW Cycling5pts
2Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Leah Thomas (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air3:41:32
2Emma White (USA) Rally CyclingRow 1 - Cell 2
3Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:00:04
4Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally CyclingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Brenda Andrea Santoyo Perez (Mex) Swapit AgolicoRow 4 - Cell 2
6Shayna Powless (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-AirRow 5 - Cell 2
7Erica Clevenger (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-AirRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jessica Marcela Parra Rojas (Col) Team ColombiaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Andrea Ramírez (Mex) Swapit AgolicoRow 8 - Cell 2
10Maria Jose Vargas (CRc) Swapit AgolicoRow 9 - Cell 2
11Anet Barrera (Mex) Swapit AgolicoRow 10 - Cell 2
12Manuela Escobar Jaramillo (Col) ALP Cycles RacingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Heidi Franz (USA) Rally CyclingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Angie Liliana Sanabria Puerto (Col) Team ColombiaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Deborah Paine (Aus) Roxsolt AttaquerRow 15 - Cell 2
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 WomenRow 19 - Cell 2
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rally Cycling11:04:44
2Twenty20 P/B Sho-AirRow 1 - Cell 2
3Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:02
4Swapit Agolico0:00:04
5Hagens Berman-SupermintRow 4 - Cell 2
6QCW CyclingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Team Colombia WomenRow 6 - Cell 2
8Roxsolt Attaquer0:01:40
9Team Conade-Specialized0:05:46
10Alp Cycles Racing0:11:08
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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-AirRow 9 - Cell 2
11Justine Barrow (Aus) Roxsolt Attaquer0:02:53
12Abigail Mickey (USA) Rally Cycling0:02:55
13Jennifer Luebke (USA) Hagens Berman-SupermintRow 12 - Cell 2
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 ColombiaRow 21 - Cell 2
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-AirRow 29 - Cell 2
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
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Sprint Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling27pts
2Chloe Dygert (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air15Row 1 - Cell 3
3Diana Peñuela (Col) Unitedhealthcare Women14Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint11Row 3 - Cell 3
5Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling8Row 4 - Cell 3
6Erika Haydee Varela Huerta (Mex) Team Conade-Specialized-Visit Mexico7Row 5 - Cell 3
7Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women6Row 6 - Cell 3
8Leah Thomas (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women5Row 7 - Cell 3
9Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling3Row 8 - Cell 3
10Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Roxsolt Attaquer3Row 9 - Cell 3
11Marcela Elizabeth Prieto (Mex) Swapit Agolico2Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jasmin Duehring (Can) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air1Row 11 - Cell 3
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Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Edwige Pitel (Fra) QCW Cycling24pts
2Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women19Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Marcela Elizabeth Prieto (Mex) Swapit Agolico7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Diana Peñuela (Col) Unitedhealthcare Women6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Leah Thomas (USA) Unitedhealthcare Women6Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jasmin Duehring (Can) Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling4Row 7 - Cell 3
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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-AirRow 12 - Cell 2
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
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Teams
#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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