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Dygert and Valente take 1-2 on Stage 3 at the Colorado Classic

7-time World Champion Chloe Dygert takes her third stage and 3-time World Champion Jennifer Valente finishes second

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Taking her third consecutive stage win, Chloe Dygert (Brownsburg, IN; Sho-Air Twenty20), powered away from the field with one lap to go in Golden, Colo. After six laps, Dygert attacked to capture the Queen of the Mountain (QOM), briefly recovered and attacked again. Her time gap over the peloton drifted from 10 seconds to 55 seconds over the 9-mile circuit. Chloe used her World Champion pursuit and time trialing strength to keep the 71-riders chasing her to win by 5 seconds.

Breaking down the attack, Chloe said, “I had that gap and I looked back and saw some heads hanging. Again, I said, ‘OK, let’s keep this going for as long as I can.’ Jenn was back there getting ready for the sprint; I knew either way we were going to have a solid day.”

Valente winning the field sprint.

Her teammate, 2018 Colorado Classic Sprint Jersey winner and Stage 3 winner, Jennifer Valente (San Diego; Sho-Air Twenty20) took the field sprint after finishing second on two of the three intermediate sprints.

‘We’re here to protect the jerseys and Chloe has had a couple of monster rides the last two days and we can’t wait until tomorrow,” said Valente at the post stage press conference about the team’s performance.

Bemis leading the peloton.

U.S. National Team riders, Katie Hall (Saratoga, Calif.) and Madeline Bemis (Corona; Calif.; Milligan College) were both every active in the front of the chase groups throughout the 63.7-mile race. Cara O’Neill (Tucson, Ariz.; University of Arizona), Emma Edwards (Cambridge, Mass.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Hall and Bemis all finished in the first two chase packs. Samantha Runnels (Austin, Texas; Lindenwood University) flatted, battled back but did not finish the stage.

Stage results:

  • 17th - Katie Hall (U.S. National Team) – 00:05
  • 24th - Cara O’Neill (U.S. National Team) – 00:05
  • 27th - Madeline Bemis (U.S. National Team) – 00:10
  • 42nd - Emma Edwards (U.S. National Team) – 00:10
  • DNF - Samantha Runnels (U.S. National Team)

General Classification:

  • 1st – Chloe Dygert – (Sho-Air Twenty20)
  • 8h - Katie Hall (U.S. National Team) – 02:52
  • 25th - Madeline Bemis (U.S. National Team) – 10:45
  • 35th - Cara O’Neill (U.S. National Team) – 14:30
  • 47th - Emma Edwards (U.S. National Team) – 18:33



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