Allie Dragoo (Twenty16-Sho-Air) held off a chasing peloton through relentless rain in downtown Logan for a solo win in stage 1 of the two-day Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic. The Salt Lake City resident finished 49 seconds ahead of Gretchen Stumhofer (Colovita-Bianchi) and Linda Villumsen (UnitedHealthcare), who was third.
“I’m super pumped to have this win. I just can’t believe it,” Dragoo said at the finish of the 75-minute race. “I just moved to Utah. It’s great. I’m pumped to do it for my new home state.”
The field included a number of top riders, such as Erica Allar (LA Sweat), the current National Criterium Calendar leader, and Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare), last year’s winner of the inaugural Tour of Utah Criterium Classic.
Racing on a technical 1.5-mile circuit, the peloton broke into several groups after a small break was established. Rivera worked alongside her teammate Villumsen to catch the break before Twenty16-Sho-Air took over.
“There was a break ahead of us for a bit. We were catching the group and I was just countering,” Dragoo said. “I thought for sure they’d catch me. I know that my team is smart enough to cover moves and not work in a break if they get in one and shut stuff down. It really worked out. It’s nice that we got the win today especially because we are such a small team.”
Speaking prior to the race, Dragoo added her appreciation for getting the opportunity to race alongside the men’s race.
“It’s great that they have a race for us. There’s a lot of publicity, TV time, and it’s good for women to be aired with the men. We really appreciate it. It’s going to help the sport grow for women and hopefully the younger generation sees it and wants to do this too.”
Ogden will host the second and final day for the women, racing 75 minutes on a fast, flat 1.5-mile circuit, using some of the same roads the men will race for the stage 2 finish. The winner of the Criterium Classic will be determined by the total points between the two days of racing.
Top 10 results
1. Allie Dragoo, Twenty16-Sho-Air
2. Gretchen Stumhofer, Colavita-Bianchi
3. Linda Villumsen, UnitedHealthcare
4. Allison Arensman, Twenty16-Sho-Air
5. Olivia Dillon, Visit Dallas Cycling
6. Justine Clift, Fearless Femme
7. Amanda Miller, Visit Dallas Cycling
8. Coryn Rivera, UnitedHealthcare
9. Samantha Schneider, ISCorp Cycling
10. Hannah Barnes, UnitedHealthcare