Robin Carpenter Defends Title at Cascade Cycling Classic

Team heads to Tour of Utah armed and ready.

The Cascade Cycling Classic proved to be another great event for Holowesko|Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear, displaying the team’s ability to really work together for the win. With the 2016 win in his back pocket, Robin Carpenter came to Bend ready to defend his title, and the squad supported him in his efforts.

Carpenter started the week off by finishing third place in Stage 1 behind Canyon Bicycle’s Paco Mancebo and Cannondale’s Alex Howes in first. Carpenter also finished third in the time trial on Thursday, bringing him to second place overall. On Sunday, Miguel Bryon and Joe Lewis showed up for the downtown criterium, placing second and third, respectively, while Carpenter still remained second overall.

At the final stage, Carpenter shook off some nerves in order to take the win for the team.

“The last day is hard,” said Carpenter. “It’s a good day to take it. A good day to save your bullets.” And Carpenter proved he still had some bullets to use.

Going into the final stage, UnitedHealthcare’s Gavin Mannion was in the lead for the GC. However, after a chaotic ending when the men’s leader’s caught up to the women’s field, Alex Howes finished the stage in first place, with Carpenter a close second. This finish, coupled with a six-second time bonus, brought Carpenter to win the overall GC.

“The team really took the race onto their shoulders despite never having the lead,” said Carpenter. “We did more work than anyone all week to set me up for the win. I’m really thankful for the team’s faith in me, and I’m glad I was able to pull it off on the the last day.”

Up next is the Tour of Utah, one of the top professional cycling events in the country. The squad consists of Carpenter, TJ Eisenhart, Ruben Companioni, Andzs Flaksis, Andrei Krasilnikau, Ty Magner, John Murphy, and Oscar Clark.