Mara Abbott, riding for the composite team Discover Bicycles/Athletes for a Cure, jumped from the field led by Jeannie Longo to catch the remnants of the break of the final climb to Mt Hood Meadows ski resort to win stage 4, the Wy'East Road Race at Mt Hood Cycling Classic.

"I knew that coming up here was my best chance, the pace slowed down a bit, Jeannie Longo was leading but she was switching side to side a lot, and she switched to the side and we bunched up a little bit and I decided to go. I caught the break about half way between when I attacked and the finish, it was awesome." said a smiling Abbott.



As expected, the race came down to the last 2 miles. An early break with Martina Patella (ValueAct) and Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine) was off the front, and the Aaron's team, driven by Meredith Miller, led the chase. Longo added her power to the chase in the final miles.

"The break stayed away with 2 k to go. I caught Meredith with about 800 k to go." said Beveridge.


Racing without her team, Abbot used the opportunity to practice the skill of sitting in.

"My goal was to sit in and not do any work, I'm sort of operating solo here and so, the goal was to do a little as I could and that's good for me, because it's good practice for future races, obviously develop the habit even if you do have teammates." said Abbott.

Longo, also riding for a composite team River City Racing, crossed the line 23 seconds behind with GC leader Julie Beveridge (Aaron's) on her wheel. Last year's overall winner, Leah Goldstein (ValueAct) finished in fourth place, 29 seconds behind Abbott.



Beveridge, with the help of her teammates kept her lead in the overall classification with 13 seconds ahead of Goldstein, and fifteen seconds to Longo. Abbott, in fourth place, reduced her gap to 27 seconds before the final stage.

Canadian Leigh Hobson (Cheerwine) successfully defended her Queen of the Mountain (QOM) jersey.

The Downtown Hood River Criterium is a technical crit with tight corners over a 1mile loop that starts off with a sharp right hand turn, quick descent into a left hand curve followed immediately by a shard right hand turn coming back nearly 120 degrees. Then a long flat straight to gather speed, before a series of three 90 degree right hand turns and then a left that brings the riders back the start/finish line. And then they get to do it again, the men raced for 75 minutes and the women for 50 minutes.

The crit specialists and sprinters that have survived the five previous stages will try and shine one last time. Cheerwine and Colavita/Sutter Home will be the teams to watch. Longo as always will be attacking to try and make it to the top step of the podium.

Top 10 Stage Results
1 Mara Abbott (USA) Discover Bicycles/Athletes for a Cure 3.46.39
2 Jeanie Longo-Ciprelli (Fra) 0.23
3 Julie Beveridge (Can) Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team
4 Leah Goldstein (Can) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team 0.29
5 Lauren Franges (USA) Team TIBCO
6 Rachel Heal (GBr) Team TIBCO 0.42
7 Meredith Miller (USA) Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team
8 Ruth Corset (Aus) Jazz Apple Cycling Team 0.59
9 Tiffany Cromwell (USA) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light
10 Felicia Gomez (Can) Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team

Top 10 General Classification after Stage 4
1 Julie Beveridge (Can) Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team 9.03.38
2 Leah Goldstein (Can) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team 0.13
3 Jeanie Longo-Ciprelli (Fra) River City Racing 0.15
4 Mara Abbott (USA) Discover Bicycles/Athletes for a Cure 0.27
5 Anne Samplonius (USA) Cheerwine Cycling 1.51
6 Felicia Gomez (USA) Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team 2.23
7 Tiffany Cromwell (USA) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light 3.00
8 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team TIBCO 3.25
9 Leigh Hobson (Can) Cheerwine Cycling 3.35
10 Rachel Heal (GBr) Team TIBCO 3.36

Full results here.