With victory in the fourth and final stage of the Colorado Classic Sunday, Chloe Dygert-Owen secured overall victory in the general classification – as well as putting the seal on a truly unparalleled achievement.
Dygert-Owen, just 22 years old, managed to win all four stages of the race, which began in Steamboat Springs and finished in Denver, not just taking home the yellow leader’s jersey, but also the sprints jersey, the climbing jersey and the best young rider jersey. It’s a clean sweep the like of which has not been seen since the days of Marianne Vos’ total domination of cycling at the start of the decade.
This sort of all-conquering performance is no surprise to those who’ve been following the Indianan’s career for some years.
Impressive? Absolutely. Surprising? Only if you haven’t been paying attention. She’s struggled with injuries, but Chloé Dygert Owen is a mega talent. When healthy she’s demonstrably more powerful than just about every rider in the sport. https://t.co/gfGUAqUO3o— Neal Rogers (@nealrogers) August 25, 2019
Dygert-Owen proved her potential way back in 2015 when, in the Road World Championships at Richmond, VA, she took the junior titles for both road race and time trial. Since then, she’s added a silver Olympic medal to her palmarès as well as four stage wins in the Tour of the Gila over the last two years, and a sixth in the GC at the 2016 Amgen Tour of California.
We were particularly delighted to see Dygert-Owen succeeding in Colorado, after she crashed in the 2018 edition of our race, effectively ending her season. We look forward to seeing much, much more from the prodigiously talented young rider in the years to come – and look forward to welcoming her back to California real soon.
Article by Tom Owen.