Doebel-Hickok seals overall victory in the Pyrenees
'The riders and staff and the whole organization will take a lot of energy from this'
Having stamped her presence on the CIC-Tour Féminin International des Pyrénées from the beginning, Krista finished safely in the chase group to secure the overall win.
Our six riders put on a masterclass in teamwork throughout the race’s four stages, beginning with the team time trial which they won by nearly a minute. Emily Newsom wore the leader’s jersey and Zoe Bäckstedt, in her debut as a stagiaire with the team, earned the best young rider’s jersey. A few hours later, the team was ready for the afternoon’s stage. Because the team had strategically protected Krista on the morning’s TTT, her fresh legs allowed her to solo to victory, claiming the leader’s jersey, the points jersey, and the mountains jersey.
The following day, the team put in a massive effort to control the peloton, allowing Krista to escape up the road with teammate Emma Langley. Emma selflessly rode herself into the ground for Krista, setting a pace that few in the breakaway could maintain as the race crested mountains. Krista lifted the tempo as she hit the final kilometer, took the stage win, and extended her general classification lead.
"We took home three jerseys and three stage wins. This team can be so proud of how we rode."
Pink jerseys surrounded Krista on the final stage as the team continued to protect her. Covering attacks and limiting the breakaway’s advantage, Clara Honsinger, Sara Poidevin, Emily Newsom, Zoe Bäckstedt, and Emma Langley made sure that Krista’s yellow jersey was never in danger. Their work paid off. Krista leaves the race having won the overall title, as well as the points and mountains classifications.
“I think everyone’s still really happy with how the race went. We took home three jerseys and three stage wins. This team can be so proud of how we rode,” Krista said.
She noted that the team’s results at the CIC-Tour Féminin International des Pyrénées didn’t come from just the riders alone.
“I have nothing but good things to say about my teammates and Daniel, our sport director, was fantastic on the radio. The instructions that Daniel was giving us tactically and also about the roads were just spot on. It was a full team effort, staff and riders. It was just really cool to see everyone come together and see what we could accomplish. I think the riders and staff and the whole organization will take a lot of energy from this, just seeing how we really can make a mark.”