Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling) relied on her climbing prowess in Breckenridge to seize the final stage win and the overall victory Friday at the Colorado Classic Women’s Race, taking the stage by two minutes over runner-up Tayler Wiles (UNitedHealthcare) and by 2:36 over third-placed Abby Mickey (Colavita-Bianchi).
“A couple weeks ago at Cascade, we came so close to the GC,” Poidevin said after the stage. “We had a big competition with 2020, and it was real fight to the end. It was a great win by them, but it was so close. To come away with the win this week is really exciting for us.”
The stage in Breckenridge was quite a bit different than the opener the day before in Colorado Springs, where track specialist Jannifer Valente (Sho-Air Twenty20) took the win and the race lead.
Poidevin sailed away on the Moonstone Road climb on Friday to seal the overall victory in the two-day race, also adding the mountains classification, the sprint classification and the prize for Best Young Rider to her palmares.
“I knew that I was outnumbered, especially by UnitedHealthcare,” Poidevin said of the finale. “Going into the second-to-last lap, I really wanted to make sure I wouldn’t get worked over by them because they had so many riders in the front group. My only thought was to try to get up the road with Abby Mickey and work with her. Once I started going, no one was on my wheel, so at that point I had to go. If the UHC girls were all spread out they couldn’t work together, either, so I knew that if I was working hard, then everyone else was working just as hard.”
The women tackled five laps for 51.5km on the difficult course at attitude in Breckenridge, with multiple climbs of Moonstone Road providing the day’s biggest challenge.
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