Robin Carpenter of the Holowesko-Citadel pro cycling team continued his winning ways in 2017 with an impressive victory at the Winston-Salem Classic. Carpenter’s teammate, Ty Magner, took victory in the event’s criterium the day prior. The short but tough climb up Pilot View Street proved the deciding portion of the racecourse, as Carpenter put in a solid attack to distance himself from his two rivals.
“At the very end, I knew I was the strongest guy in that three-man group, or the guy who had the most left,” said Carpenter. “So I knew if I only went up that hill steady but hard, they’d probably be able to stay on my wheel. So I knew I had to hit them as hard as I could right from the bottom and distance them and demoralize them a little bit.”
It was Carpenter’s first win at the prestigious event, and he now adds that to his impressive palmares that also includes overall victory at last year’s Tour of Alberta.
The first stop of USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour finished as strongly as it had started for Rally UHC Cycling with Sara Poidevin claiming second from the breakaway on the final stage of the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Megan Jastrab collected the field sprint for fourth and Krista Doebel-Hickok won the Queen of the Mountain.
The Sho-Air TWENTY20 Pro Cycling team just kicked off its season by winning the Team General Classification at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Team rider Erica Clevenger also took home a stage win on the final day of the event. Learn more about Erica and what makes her team so unique in pro cycling.
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is one of the longest-running and most prestigious stage races in the United States. Check out our behind-the-scenes photo gallery of the Stage 1 time trial and the Sho-Air TWENTY20 Pro Cycling women's team to catch a glimpse into the world of pro cycling.
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