Twenty20-Sho Air‘s Chloe Dygert took her second stage win in two days Friday at the Tour of the Gila, covering the 26km out-and-back course in Tyrone with a time of 39:39, 13 seconds better than runner-up Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling) and 18 seconds better than race leader Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare), who held onto the red jersey for another day.
Poidevin’s effort pulled her to within seven seconds of Hall in the general classification, with Hall’s teammate Leah Thomas in third at 2:07. Edwige Pitel (QCW) finished 12th on the day and dropped to fourth, 2:44 off Hall’s pace. For her effort, Dygert moved to fifth overall at 3:11 back.
Dygert has never raced at Gila before, so she relied on advice and information from her coach, Kristin Armstrong, a multiple world champion and Olympic old medallist in the race against the clock.
“I really have an awesome coach who’s done a lot of time trialing, so I was able to get a lot of information from her and also Mari [Holden, Twenty20 director – ed.], so I was going into it really confident,” Dygert said. “I’m really pleased with the result.”
Dygert also had to overcome her fear of racing at altitude, which she says is not her forte despite the past two days’ results.
“Leading into it I was really nervous because I don’t do well at altitude,” she said. “So I was super nervous about that, but everyone said there’s a long downhill where you can make up for it. So I just believed in them and had to trust to just give it everything I had.”
How it unfolded
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