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T-Mobile goes 4-for-4 at Cascade

The strongest team in United States women's cycling is poised to make a clean sweep of the podium in Central Oregon's Cascade Cycling Classic. Kimberly Baldwin of T-Mobile won the 58-mile Awbrey Butte Circuit Race on Saturday in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 10 seconds, and her teammate Kristin Armstrong finished second to retain the overall lead. T-Mobile now has the top three spots in the general classification, and six riders in the top 10. T-Mobile riders have won all four stages thus far. Armstrong's overall time is 7:04:58, and Baldwin is in second, 42 seconds back. Kori Seehafer of

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By Mark Morical, Special to VeloNews

The strongest team in United States women’s cycling is poised to make a clean sweep of the podium in Central Oregon’s Cascade Cycling Classic. Kimberly Baldwin of T-Mobile won the 58-mile Awbrey Butte Circuit Race on Saturday in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 10 seconds, and her teammate Kristin Armstrong finished second to retain the overall lead.

T-Mobile now has the top three spots in the general classification, and six riders in the top 10. T-Mobile riders have won all four stages thus far. Armstrong’s overall time is 7:04:58, and Baldwin is in second, 42 seconds back. Kori Seehafer of T-Mobile is third overall, 1:29 behind Armstrong. Seehafer was third in Saturday’s stage. T-Mobile brought eight riders to the Cascade Classic. “I kind of feel like we’re the bullies here, our team is so big,” Baldwin said. “But we get beat up on in other races.” Saturday’s stage was a four-lap circuit race on and around Awbrey Butte in northwest Bend. With two laps to go, Baldwin, Armstrong and Seehafer got into a break of eight riders. That break included Katheryn Curi and Stefanie Graeter of Webcor, who were looking to get into the top five on GC. “I turned around when we got to the top of the hill and saw we had a really big gap,” Baldwin said. “Once we all got together, it was to Webcor’s benefit as well, so we all started working together – and then just sprinted it out at the finish.” Curi finished fourth in the stage and is now fourth overall, and Graeter was sixth in the stage and now fifth overall. Baldwin said she didn’t care whether she, Armstrong or Seehafer won the stage, as long as the victor was wearing the hot-pink and black jersey of T-Mobile. “We were just going to duke it out just to make sure the team won it,” said Baldwin, who won the Awbrey Butte Circuit Race at last year’s Cascade Classic. Armstrong won the Cascade Lakes Race on Thursday and the Tumalo Time Trial on Friday. Ina Yoko Teutenberg of T-Mobile won the Twilight Criterium on Friday night. Armstrong was happy to see Baldwin get the stage victory on Saturday. “We were very motivated and just took it to the line,” Armstrong said of Saturday’s race. “It doesn’t really matter who takes it on our team. It was great to see Kimberly have a win. Share the wins, and everyone’s happy.” Armstrong, 31, a former triathlete from Boise, Idaho, is likely to claim the overall title as long as she plays it safe in Sunday’s final stage, the Old Mill District Criterium in Bend. The course is a technical, 1.2km loop with six corners. “I just want to stay safe,” Armstrong said. “Hopefully it stays dry. It’s a fun course.” In Thursday’s first women’s stage, several riders were involved in a brutal crash that sent two cyclists to St. Charles Medical Center-Bend. Leah Goldstein of Trek-Red Truck Racing broke her pelvis, severely dislocated a shoulder and broke the humerus in an arm, according to race director Brad Ross. Ross added that she is likely be in the hospital for a few days.