Powers, Sweeting win Cascade prologue

  • By Brian Holcombe
  • Published Jul. 17, 2013

Alison Powers and Robert Sweeting opened six days of racing in the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday with prologue wins at the BMC Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon.

The only woman to go under five minutes on the 2.5-mile course at Tetherow Golf Course, Powers (NOW-Novartis for MS) topped all comers with a 4:53. Shelley Olds (Tibco-To the Top) was second, at nine seconds. Laura Brown (Colavita-Fine Cooking) was third, at 11 seconds.

In the men’s race on the same course, Sweeting (5-hour Energy-Kenda) surprised a field of national-level powerhouses when he registered a 4:28. Even more surprising was the runner-up ride by elite amateur Timothy Rugg (Kelly Benefit Strategies-LSV), who was a mere five seconds off Sweeting’s time. Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly-Kenda) was third, at six seconds.

Chad Haga (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies), who won the Cascade prologue in 2012 before crashing out of the race the next day, was sixth, at seven seconds.

Powers and Sweeting will wear the Cascade Classic’s overall leaders’ jerseys in the stage 1 Indie Hops – McKenzie Pass Road Race on Wednesday. The race’s first road stage will take in 74 miles, including the 20-mile climb of McKenzie Pass, before an uphill finish at the Three Creeks Snow Park. The Cascade Classic is the sixth stop on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.

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Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe is the editor of Holcombe joined VeloNews in 2009 following years spent introducing students to whitewater kayaking and working in avalanche control, among other more risky ventures. A Master of PR and Marketing Communications, his graduate work at the University of Denver focused on innovation, digital media management and custom publishing. Holcombe is a CSU Ram fan and proud parent, and has been accused of attacking too much on the VN lunch ride. Follow him on Twitter @FCBrian.

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