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A 22-Year-Old Track Sensation Just Swept the Colorado Classic

Chloé Dygert Owen has returned from an injury to become one of American cycling’s most exciting young talents.

  • Chloé Dygert Owen won the 2019 Colorado Classic on Sunday.
  • The former track world champion took all four stage wins as well as the climbing, sprinting, and Best Young Rider jerseys.
  • Dygert Owen has shown her dominance on a road bike after recovering from a 2018 crash at the Tour of California.

There were four stages at the 2019 Colorado Classic, a women’s-only edition of the UCI 2.1 race that finished in Denver on Sunday. Chloé Dygert Owen won them all.

The 22-year-old, who rides for Sho-Air Twenty 20, also secured the overall victory in an astoundingly dominant performance, proving herself as one of the rising stars of American cycling. Dygert Owen is best known for her track racing, but recently she has proven ready to deliver big results on the road. But who, exactly, is she?

The Indiana native’s talent was evident from a young age. In a rare double, she won both the road and time trial junior world titles at age 18. The following year, she helped propel the U.S. to a gold medal in the team pursuit at the World Championships, as well as a silver in the same event at the Rio Olympics. In fact, the U.S. won the Worlds team pursuit for three years straight between 2016 and 2018—with Dygert Owen on its squad each time.

In March of 2018, Dygert Owen secured her second world title in the individual pursuit. The event requires a meticulously paced 3K effort and a perfectly dialed aerodynamic position. The best pursuit riders have a laser focus and a rare ability to suffer, even among elite cyclists. Not only did Dygert Owen win the world title, but she also set a new world record of 3:20.060.

Success followed success until May 2018 at the Tour of California. As the field approached the finish of the opening stage in Elk Grove, Dygert Owen suffered a heavy crash. For the remainder of the season, she struggled with symptoms from the ensuing head injury and had to stop racing. A subsequent knee injury complicated her return. She had planned to compete at the U.S. Road Nationals and at Road Worlds in Austria, but both were scrubbed from her schedule.

Then, after a solid winter of training, Dygert Owen began to show her strength on the road this season. She won the overall at the Chico Stage Race, an early-season event in California, and at the Joe Martin Stage Race, a long-running competition in Arkansas. She also demonstrated that she could do more than ride hard in the flats and time trials. At the Tour of the Gila, famous for its challenging climbing stages, she finished second overall.

Dygert Owen came to the Colorado Classic as a favorite for the race’s downtown circuits. But she had bigger ambitions. On the opening stage in Steamboat Springs, she attacked on the final climb and no one could follow her. “I looked back and saw that there was a little bit of a gap,” she said. “I knew that was my only chance.” Dygert Owen rode the final 15 miles alone at the front. At the finish, she held a 44-second advantage over second-placed Whitney Allison and prerace favorite Brodie Chapman.

The opening stage set a pattern for the remainder of the race. On paper, Stage 2 promised the climbers a chance to shine. Chapman rode hard from the start of the steep Daybreak Ridge, but Dygert Owen proved impossible to shake. The two riders crossed the summit together, and soon Dygert Owen set off alone. She crossed the line 28 seconds ahead of Chapman, extending her overall lead to 1:22 with the two downtown circuits yet to go.

The former track world champion has returned from an injury to become one of American cycling’s most exciting young talents.

MEDIA RESULTS

Content will be updated throughout the day as available.

STAGE 1 – STEAMBOAT – AUG 22

Rank Bib # Name Team
1 71 Chloe Dygert Sho-Air Twenty20
2 85 Whitney Allison Hagens-Berman//Supermint
3 41 Brodie Chapman TIBCO-SVB

Stage Leader presented by FirstBank – Full Standing (pdf) (csv)

Overall GC presented by Gates Corporation – Full Standings (pdf) (csv)

QOM presented by Colorado Tourism Office – Full Standings (pdf) (csv)

Sprint presented by FirstBank – Full Standings (pdf) (csv)

Best Young Rider presented by VF Corporation – Full Standings (pdf) (csv)

Most Inspirational presented by Audi (pdf) (csv)

Most Badass presented by VF Corporation (pdf) (csv)

Best Team – Full Standings (pdf) (csv)

STAGE 2 – AVON – AUG 23

FINISH STANDINGS

Rank Bib # Name Team
1 71 Chloe DYGERT Sho-Air Twenty20
2 41 Brodie CHAPMAN TIBCO-SVB
3 22 Omer SHAPIRA Canyon-SRAM

Stage Leader presented by FirstBank – Full Standing (pdf) (csv)

Overall GC presented by Gates Corporation – Full Standings (pdf) (csv)

QOM presented by Colorado Tourism Office – Full Standings (pdf) (csv)

Sprint presented by FirstBank – Full Standings (pdf) (csv)

Best Young Rider Stage 2 presented by VF Corporation – Full Standings (pdf) (csv)

Best Young Rider GC presented by VF Corporation – Full Standings (pdf) (csv)

Most Inspirational presented by Audi (pdf) (csv)

Most Badass presented by VF Corporation (pdf) (csv)

MEDIA RESULTS Content will be updated throughout the day as available. STAGE 1 – STEAMBOAT – AUG 22 Rank Bib # Name Team 1 71 Chloe Dygert Sho-Air Twenty20 2 ]]>