Cylance Pro Cycling’s Krista Doebel-Hickok 4th on Stage 3 of Cascade Classic

Coming into Stage 3 the general classification behind race leader, Tara Whitten, was still very close. “Twenty Sixteen really took the race on today,” said Director Hilton Clarke, “which I found really impressive. They blew the race apart early on with constant attacks.” After the race settled in for a respite from the higher pace Kathryn Bertine and Erica Zaveta were quick to look after Carmen Small and keep the pace steady to keep her and Krista Doebel-Hickok out of trouble. “Twenty Sixteen again took the race on with relentless attacks as they neared the finish,” added Hilton, “and our Krista and Carmen had their hands full covering riders for GC.”

Seeing the yellow jersey go up the road, Krista jumped and sat on her wheel while Carmen matched continued attacks from Twenty Sixteen coming into the finish. Krista finished the stage just off the podium in 4th behind the stage winner Katie Antonneau (Twenty Sixteen). Carmen came through the line just behind in a select group of GC rivals keeping her firmly in second place going into stage 4. When asked about Carmen’s chances in the stage 4 criterium, which Carmen won in 2012, Hilton added, “we’re more than confident that she can do well.”

Stage 4 is the Downtown Bend Criterium which is always a local favorite with the entire town coming out to watch the 50-minute race. Carmen Small is very familiar with this stage as she won here in 2012.

Stage 3 Results:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                      Time

1          ANTONNEAU Kaitlin              TWENTY16                             3:55:06

2          MCCUTCHEON Melinda                                                        0:03

3          THOMAS Leah                       TWENTY16                            1:47

4          DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling               st

13        SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling               2:10

62        ZAVETA Erica                         Cylance Pro Cycling               7:38

63        BERTINE Kathryn                  Cylance Pro Cycling               st

 

Stage 3 General Classification:

Rnk     Rider                                       Team                                    Time

1          WHITTEN Tara                                                                       8:43:34

2          SMALL Carmen                      Cylance Pro Cycling               0:27

3          THOMAS Leah                       TWENTY16                             0:40

15        DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel  Cylance Pro Cycling               3:58

72        BERTINE Kathryn                  Cylance Pro Cycling               23:41

75        ZAVETA Erica                         Cylance Pro Cycling               27:33