Rose dominates Skyliner Time Trial, Dragoo moves into yellow jersey after stage 2
Visit Dallas DNA’s Claire Rose continued to display the fantastic form she’s been enjoying most of the season with a win at the Skyliner Individual Time Trial in Bend Oregon. The British national champion completed the 14.1mi/22km course with a time of 31:58, 54 seconds faster than second place Allie Dragoo (Twenty20). Dragoo’s teammate, Jasmin Duehring finished in third place, 1’07” back.
“I thought I did I really good ride,” said Rose, who is in her second year as a professional. “I gave it everything going up the hill, paced myself and I’m really pleased.”
Dragoo’s time moved her up into the lead of the overall classification, 24 seconds ahead of Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling). Duehring is in third place, a further three seconds back.
“I think this race is so great,” said Dragoo, who has raced the Cascade Classic four times. “It’s really about keeping it all together through Sunday because that course on Sunday is no joke. The goal is to race hard and have fun and be leaders out there.”
Former race leader Kristi Lay (Rally) will swap yellow for polka dots as the leader of the mountains classification. Lay’s teammate, Sara Bergen is still in the green jersey and Poidevin will wear the white jersey tomorrow as the leader in the best young rider competition.
In the men’s race, Rally Cycling’s Evan Huffman continued his stellar season by winning stage 2, narrowly beating Gavin Mannion (UHC) by less than a second with a time of 28:41.21 over Mannion’s 28:41.72. The 27-year-old earned his first WorldTour victory earlier this year at the AMGEN Tour of California.
“Today was really good, I like this course a lot,” Huffman said at the finish. “Reminds me a little bit of Gila, where I won earlier this year. It’s pretty hilly course, but not super, super steep. I was able to really use my power on the downhill, and I felt good. I paced myself so I was really happy to win today.”
Mannion moved into the overall GC lead by a mere 1 second, ahead of Robin Carpenter, while Huffman moved up to third, 3” down.
“I didn’t know what to expect today, I was trying to make as much time as I could on the uphill and hold my own on the downhill,” Mannion said. “It’s a super close race so it’s going to come down to the wire, racing all the way to the line on Sunday.”
Aevolo’s U23 Mexican National TT Champion, Luis Villalobos, finished strong, which has moved him into the lead in the best young rider competition. Two teammates – Jack Burke and Ezekial Molotov – sit behind him. The KOM jersey will remain with Alex Howes (Team USA), and the sprinter’s jersey remains for Greg Henderson (UHC).
The pro men start tomorrow at 10:00 am and will race 107.3 miles. “It’s going to be a real tactical race,” Mannion added. “We have my TT mates, Dan (Eaton) and Alex (Cataford) in the top five today, so we have 5 guys in the top 15 which could be our biggest asset tomorrow.”
The pro women have a 85.5 mi/137.6km road race ahead tomorrow starting at 11:30am PDT.