Both the Felt-powered pro cycling teams of Holowesko-Citadel and TWENTY20 Sho-Air put in dominating performances over the past weekend, with each taking home the general classification titles at the Cascade Cycling Classic. The Bend, Oregon, event is one of the most prestigious races in North America, and the Holowesko-Citadel men’s team took to the line with a repeat victory in their sights. Last year, Holowesko rider Robin Carpenter took the GC win. This year, with the #1 plate firmly affixed on his back, Carpenter and his teammates rode an aggressive stage race to take home the win for the second year in a row.
As for the women’s TWENTY20 team, Allie Dragoo took a monumental win in the general classification after strong showings on each stage. Her teammate Jasmin Duehring ended the race in third overall on GC, while Jennifer Valente continued her fine season with a fifth place overall. The TWENTY20 squad also took home top honors in the team classification. Check out the gallery below of incredible racing shots from Velo Images.
The Cascade Classic boasts an incredibly unique parcours.
Allie Dragoo put in a blisteringly fast time trial en route to her GC overall win.
Jasmin Duehring put in a strong performance throughout the stage race, eventually taking third overall.
Allie Dragoo and her teammates defended the yellow leader’s jersey well, all the way to the final day of racing to land on the top step of the podium.
The Holowesko-Citadel team controlled the stage race well, eventually leading their captain Robin Carpenter to overall victory.
Last year’s Cascade winner, Robin Carpenter, takes a bottle handup from the team car, en route to a second successive overall victory.
Redlands Classic champion TJ Eisenhart puts the pressure on the field at the 2017 Cascade Classic.
Holowesko put two riders on the podium on the criterium stage, with Miguel Byron and Joe Lewis taking second and third, respectively.
Felt athlete and Holowesko-Citadel rider Robin Carpenter, on his way to another stelar victory in 2017.
Brandon McNulty Il Giro di Sicilia in spectacular fashion on Saturday, with Rally UHC Cycling successfully defending his leader’s jersey on the legendary slopes of Mt Etna. McNulty finished fourth on the final stage after his teammates, one by one, sacrificed themselves en route to the greatest GC triumph in team history.
With tough early season contests in Spain and Oman under their belt, Rally UHC Cycling enters a second block of European racing with renewed strength and confidence. The team lands in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport Friday for a five-week campaign that begins in France and ends with England’s Tour de Yorkshire.
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