Late burst sends Hall to front
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team rider Katie Hall dug down in the final mile Friday and pulled out a victory in stage two of the Amgen Breakaway From Heart Disease.
Hall, 30, caught and passed Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) on the climb leading to Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe to win the challenging 67.1-mile race.
Hall’s effort gave her a lead of three seconds in the overall race standings when the tour headed to its third leg Saturday from Elk Grove to Sacramento.
She trailed by 8 seconds near the finish after an attack by van der Breggen, the 2016 Olympic road race gold medalist.
“After Anna attacked, I really thought I lost it,” Hall said on the UnitedHeathcare Pro Cycling Team website. “But I saw her slow down on the final climb and thought ‘I have a little bit more left, I can go.’ I had both Ruth and Rachel in my ear telling me to dig as deep as I could and that really helped me.”
The race started from Heavenly and took riders on a loop that included 7,740-foot Luther Pass, Diamond Valley in Alpine County and the west side of Carson Valley along Foothill Road. The route returned to South Lake Tahoe via Kingsbury Grade and 7,344-foot Daggett Pass.
Hall finished in 3 hours, 9 minutes and 56 seconds — 21 seconds ahead of van der Breggen.