By Neal Rogers
Stage Four of the Cascade Cycling Classic was raced Friday night in downtown Bend, with no changes in the overall standings.
Racing on a flat, six-turn course in front of thousands of spectators, Mercury controlled the field, defending race leader Chris Wherry and bringing sprinters Henk Vogels and Gord Fraser across the line in first and second, respectively. While originally leading out Fraser, Vogelshad so much left he was able to stay on the front all the way to the line.
Third was believed to be, unofficially, Russell Stevenson of Prime Alliance in the photo finish while Saturn’s Soren Petersen was not far behind in fourth.
In the women’s race, a few breaks gained a slight gap for a few laps, only to be reeled in, and at the line it was Heather Alberts of Goldy’s for the win.
Other podium places were not available at the time of this writing.
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Men’s race, 60 min
1. Henk Vogels, Mercury;
2. Gord Fraser, Mercury;
3. Russell Stevenson, Prime Alliance (unofficial);
4. Soren Petersen, Saturn (unofficial);
Women’s race, 40 min
1. Heather Alberts, Goldy’s;