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@Luke_Keough wins in the sprint at the Brady District crit

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@bannahharnes takes the top step of podium again & @CorynRivera right behind takes 2nd Erica Allar 3rd-

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@bannahharnes takes the win and @CorynRivera right behind takes 2nd – 2 nights on the podium

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Alison Powers Crushes US National Championship Time Trial

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Alison Powers Crushes US National Championship Time Trial, Earns Stars and Stripes for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team

Less than two weeks after dominating the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Time Trial, Alison Powers took to the starting ramp at the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial National Championships today with hopes of repeating her 2008 victory and earning the coveted stars and stripes jersey for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. The 2014 course in Chattanooga, Tennessee was relatively long at 30.9 kilometers with rolling hills and technical turns. Alison has shown great form recently with fantastic strength and stamina, allowing her to power through the undulating course with speed and precision. Top form, flawless equipment, and determination all converged for Alison Powers today, as she devoured the course and claimed the victory by a margin of 30 seconds.

 

Alison adds this accomplishment to her already impressive résumé which includes the current US national professional criterium championship jersey, the 2013 national racing calendar points title, 2014 Tour Femenino de San Luis overall victory, and many more. Elated with her result, Alison Powers commented, “I am super happy– everyone believed in me, and to go from huge disappointment last year to sheer happiness this year is incredible. The team’s belief in me and the support they’ve given me have been big contributing factors.” Sports Director Rachel Heal added, “Alison had an amazing start to this year and we knew she had the form to get a great result here. She’s worked really hard for this and it’s fantastic to see her pull off the win. It was a full team effort with the support from Adrian, Tavis, Mike (team staff) and our sponsors playing a big part in ensuring Alison only had to focus on riding her bike… very fast!”

 

This race was an important goal for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team and they prepared accordingly with extensive testing in the Faster wind tunnel optimizing the riders’ fit and position on their Wilier Twin Blade time trial bikes. To emerge from the race victorious shows commitment of the team, riders, and partners to the progress and success of the program. General Manager Mike Tamayo concluded, “We had a clear goal with Alison when we hired her last summer: get to the World Championships and to be capable of a medal. The first step in that process was to win nationals and secure the automatic qualification. We’ve just accomplished the first step.”

 

The US National Professional Road Championship takes place on Monday, May 26th, in which the men and women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team will race for the honor of wearing the stars and stripes, this time in the road race discipline. The women’s race totals 101.5 kilometers while the men’s event totals 161.9 kilometers. Both events will be covered live on the USA Cycling National Championships TourTracker.

 

 

BMC Racing Team’s Phinney Is U.S. Time Trial Champion

 

Stock Photo By Brian Hodes

Stock Photo By Brian Hodes

Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

BMC Racing Team’s Taylor Phinney won his second national time trial title in dominant fashion Saturday at the USA Cycling professional road championships.

‘Feeling Good And Feeling Fast’
Phinney’s 51-second margin of victory over runner-up Tom Zirbel (Team Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies) was the largest in the event since 2009. Phinney went 1:24 faster than third-placed David Williams (5-Hour Energy presented by Kenda) while adding to the national time trial title he won in 2010. “I was surprisingly nervous today,” Phinney said. “I sort of felt like all I could do was lose. So I was really happy when I was out there and feeling good and feeling fast and getting positive time splits.” Phinney’s win was his fourth of the season. In February, he won the Stage 1 individual time trial of the Dubai Tour on the way to winning the overall. Last week, he soloed the final 25 kilometers to win Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California. “It is always a huge honor to come here and be able to win,” Phinney said. “I won four years ago, so to come back after missing nationals two years in a row is a special feeling.” His victory was the BMC Racing Team’s 14th of the season.

‘The Pressure Is Off’
Crouched low on his BMC timemachine TM01, Phinney led Zirbel by 13 seconds at the halfway point of the 30.9-kilometer race on two laps of an out-and-back course. That margin kept growing as BMC Racing Team Sport Director Max Sciandri relayed time splits from the Acura TSX Sport Wagon. “Taylor took a little bit of a beating from (Bradley) Wiggins in the time trial in California,” Sciandri said. “But it pushed him a little bit harder in training. He went straight home after the race, came out here a day early and then it was like a piece of a puzzle that falls into place. The pressure is off now that he has won it. We will let it sink in tonight and then tomorrow we start thinking about the road race.” Phinney will be joined by teammate Peter Stetina for Monday’s 165.5-km national championship road race that includes four ascents of Lookout Mountain. “I am relaxed now, this is a big weight off my shoulders,” Phinney said. “Now I can go into Monday a little bit more relaxed and kind of take it easier, put the pressure on the other teams and just kind of follow wheels.”

Listen to complete comments from Phinney and Sciandri on the BMC Racing Team’s Audio Line:

http://bit.ly/Vg94Oh

 

Wilcoxson, Zirbel Aim to Repeat in Stars and Stripes

 

Team Gears Up to Defend National Titles in Chattanooga

Wilcoxson, Zirbel Aim to Repeat in Stars and Stripes

May 23rd | Minneapolis, MN

The men and women of Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies head to Chattanooga, Tenneessee this weekend to defend their two national titles and hunt for more at the 2014 US Road and Time Trial National Championships.

The team heads into the chase for more national titles fresh off two highly successful race campaigns. At last week’s Tour of California, the men won a stage and the king of the mountain competition. One week earlier, the women claimed best overall team at the inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain, while also landing two podiums at the 2-day Tour of California women’s event.

“With the women coming off big results at home and overseas and the men having perhaps their best week in team history at the Tour of California and dealing with the heat and incredibly tough courses there, both teams should be flying,” said Performance Director Jonas Carney.

The team will defend titles in both disciplines – Tom Zirbel in the time trial, and Jade Wilcoxson in the road race. Select riders will tackle the 19-mile course for the time trial on Saturday before chasing the coveted road race title on Sunday across a twisting course with multiple standalone circuits.

“With two titles to defend, it definitely brings added pressure and excitement for us. Everyone is very excited to see Tom defend his first TT title, and the road course always makes for a very competitive race. I think we have the ability this year to land a big result on Monday,” added Carney.

The road race course retains its unique layout for 2014, including three separate circuits. The grinding 1,100 foot ascent of Lookout Mountain is again its centerpiece, tackled four times by the men and two by the women. Both pelotons will roll through an opening and closing circuit in downtown Chattanooga, and new for 2014, tackle Chattanooga’s own “wall” on Kent Street, a one block kicker reaching 20 percent grade.

2014 US National Championships Rosters

women
Janel Holcomb (road race, time trial)
Jade Wilcoxson (road race, time trial)
Maura Kinsella (road race, time trial)
Lauren Hall (road race, time trial)
Brianna Walle (road race, time trial)

men
Jesse Anthony (road race)
Alex Candelario (road race)
Mike Friedman (road race, time trial)
Brad Huff (road race)
Carter Jones (road race)
Bjorn Selander (road race)
Tom Soladay (road race)
Eric Young (road race)
Tom Zirbel (road race, time trial)
Scott Zwizanski (road race, time trial)

 

 

 

2014 Amgen Tour of California Stage 6

PETER SAGAN SPRINTS TO HIS FIRST 2014 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA STAGE WIN IN FINAL WEEKEND OF RACING

 

Bradley Wiggins Retains Lead Heading into Tomorrow’s Race Finale

 

Final Chance for Leaders to Contest the Yellow Jersey in Tomorrow’s Thousand Oaks Circuit Race

 

PASADENA, Calif. (May 17, 2014) – With a new Amgen Tour of California champion to be decided as America’s premier annual road race concludes tomorrow, Team Sky and their former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins (GBR) played it steady today to keep his 30-second lead in tact. But with a difficult course ahead for Stage 8 in Thousand Oaks, the quest to take home the prestigious yellow jersey is far from a foregone conclusion.

 

“It depends who’s there, how the race pans out at the start,” Wiggins said about the final stage. “I haven’t really looked at the route yet, so I have to take a look at it and try to think of all the scenarios that could happen tomorrow and try to work out a strategy for those. But I guess Peter [Sagan] will have another go if he’s there.”

 

Today’s Stage 7 presented by Crunchies Natural Snacks was finally the day the peloton’s top sprinters have been trying to materialize all week, with Cannondale Pro Cycling’s Peter Sagan(SVK) sprinting to his first Amgen Tour of California stage victory this year, and furthering his record stage wins in this race to 11. Marking his 66th career victory, Sagan will remain in the Visit California Sprint Leader Jersey, which he has won four years running.

 

“Today, I am very happy for this victory,” said Sagan. “It was big work of my team, all the team, because they were all pulling from the start to the finish. It was a very big stage for us. I am very happy for a victory because I’m a finish man and today we did very, very good work.”

 

The 88.7-mile stage from Santa Clarita to Pasadena began with a breakaway of seven cyclists around mile 13. Nearing the top of Angeles Crest, at more than 4,000 feet elevation, the final climb before a speedy descent into Pasadena, Team Garmin-Sharp’s Ben King (Charlottesville, Va.) attacked, narrowing the group to four, with the peloton trailing by about two minutes. Determined to deliver Sagan first over the line, Cannondale Pro Cycling propelled the peloton forward, steadily gaining on the lead group even as the elevation continued to rise.

 

As the breakaway descended into downtown Pasadena at speeds near 60 mph, rider by rider fell back until King and BMC Racing Team’s Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) punched up the speed to become the last two standing out front with 10 miles left to ride. As they crossed the iconic Colorado Street Bridge onto the first of three 3-mile circuits, the peloton bore down and finally caught the two just before the final lap. King’s ride earned him the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey.

 

In the final lap, Cannondale Pro Cycling, Team Giant-Shimano and BMC Racing Team maneuvered to put their sprinters into prime position to pounce, with Team Sky taking turns at the front to ensure their leader would not lose time at the line. In the final kilometer, BMC Racing Team’s Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.) led out former world champion Thor Hushovd (NOR) in a bid for the stage win. At his heels were Team Giant-Shimano’s John Degenkolb (GER) and Sagan.

 

Sagan used three tight corners leading to the finish to his advantage, moving around to the front to claim the stage win by a clear margin. Hushovd, who has racked up stage wins in every Grand Tour, including nine in the Tour de France, placed second, with Trek Factory Racing’s Danny Van Poppel (NED) in third, Zakkari Dempster (AUS) with  Team NetApp-Endura in fourth andDegenkolb settling for fifth.

 

There was no change to the overall lead today, and Wiggins will ride the final stage in Thousand Oaks wearing the Amgen Race Leader Jersey (+:30) over Team Garmin-Sharp’s Rohan Dennis(AUS). Lawson Craddock (Austin, Texas) of Team Giant-Shimano remains in the Crunchies Best Young Rider jersey and in third place overall (+1:48) with Team NetApp-Endura’s Tiago Machado(POR) in fourth place (+2:02). Will Routley (CAN) of Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies further cemented his hold on the Michelob Ultra King of the Mountain Jersey today, which he alone has worn all week.

 

“The Amgen Tour of California provides an opportunity to raise awareness of some of the world’s most serious illnesses, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease,” said Ray Jordan, senior vice president, Corporate Affairs, Amgen. “Our sponsorship also allows us to connect with patients through programs running in tandem with the race, such as the national Breakaway from Cancer®initiative.”

 

Founded by Amgen in 2005 as a complementary component to its title sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California, Breakaway from Cancer continues to raise awareness of the important resources available to people impacted by cancer – from prevention to survivorship.

 

As part of today’s activities, Santa Clarita resident and cancer advocate Lisa DeLong fired the official start gun, and Bakersfield’s Larry Aronat, winner of the recent design contest to create this year’s Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey, presented the jersey to Team Garmin-Sharp’s Ben King.

 

For access to resources or to learn more, visit breakawayfromcancer.com.

 

From iconic ocean vistas to mountaintop finishes to desert scapes, the cyclists will cover more than 720 miles of beautiful and varying California terrain this week as they ride from the north to the south of the state in the ninth annual Tour de France-style competition.

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2014 Amgen Tour of California Stage 6

Jersey Winners

  • Amgen Leader Jersey – Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Team Sky (GBR)
    • Wiggins has won the Amgen Leader Jersey five times since stage 1
  • Michelob Ultra King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey – Will Routley (CAN), Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)

o   Routley has won the Michelob Ultra King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey every stage

  • Visit California Sprint Jersey – Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA)

o   Sagan has won the Visit California Sprint Jersey twice since stage 1

  • Crunchies Best Young Rider Jersey – Lawson Craddock (USA), Team Giant-Shimano (NED)
    • Lawson has won the Crunchies Best Young Rider Jersey five times since stage 1
  • Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Christopher Jones (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)

 

 

Stage 6 Men – Top 3

  • FIRST – Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (COL), ORICA-GreenEDGE (AUS)
  • SECOND – David De La Cruz Melgarejo  (ESP), Team NetApp-Endura (GER)
  • THIRD – Tom Danielson (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp (USA)
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Amgen Tour of California Stage 5 Highlights

 

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TAYLOR PHINNEY CRUISES TO LONE OCEANFRONT VICTORY IN
SANTA BARBARA DURING STAGE 5 OF THE 2014 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

Peter Sagan Takes Sprint Competition Lead; Bradley Wiggins Will Wear Yellow Again Tomorrow

Cyclists Will Ride Stage 6 Tomorrow from Santa Clarita to Second Summit Finish at Mountain High

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (May 15, 2014) – In what was another surprise ending for some of the world’s strongest sprinters, BMC Racing Team’s Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.) whizzed to a solo victory 12 seconds ahead of the peloton to capture his first Amgen Tour of California stage win in today’s 107.4-mile ride from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara.

Phinney, one of the biggest cyclists in this year’s Amgen Tour of California, at 6 feet 5 inches tall and 185 pounds, used his weight on the descent off San Marcos Pass, about 15 miles from the finish. Utilizing his time trial skills, Phinney, held off the pack into Santa Barbara.

“If you’re heavy and have speed, you can go faster than everybody else,” said Phinney. “I was able to tuck and pull away and accelerate up to speed and then tuck and keep pulling away.”

Riding for Cannondale Pro Cycling, Peter Sagan’s (SVK) second-place finish was enough to put him in the Visit California Sprint Leader Jersey for the first time this week. Sagan has won the Points competition at the Amgen Tour of California for four years running, and at the Tour de France for two years running.

Sagan, who also holds the record for Amgen Tour of California stage wins (10), was gunning for the stage win today, with his teammates doing the heavy lifting and setting the tempo at the front of the peloton for much of the stage. Cannondale was joined by ORICA-GreenEDGE to chase Phinney when he leapt out of the pack with about 15 miles to ride, as they vied to launch their lead sprinter Matthew Goss (AUS) to the finish. Approaching the line together with the main group, Goss went head to head with Sagan in the final meters to finish the day’s stage in third place.

Stage 5 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, presented by Breakaway from Cancer®, began in a uniquely California fashion – on the pier, a first for the race, in first-time host city Pismo Beach. The peloton may have felt déjà vu as a breakaway of six took the lead around mile 10, as happened yesterday. However, the peloton was determined to keep the gap to well under three minutes today and the riders within reach. Spurred to quicker speeds when Trek Factory Racing’s Jens Voigt (GER) launched an uphill attack on San Marcos Pass, the peloton easily reeled back all six during the 5.3-mile ascent.

Once at the top of the categorized climb, which has a 5.1 average grade, Phinney spotted an opportunity and launched a solo attack during the fast descent into Santa Barbara. Phinney’s unique style of riding downhill on his crossbar, along with his heavy frame relative to most of the cyclists, saw him pulling away further and further from the main group as he rocketed toward Santa Barbara at speeds approaching 60 mph. His lead grew to 40 seconds with four miles left to ride, and there was nothing the peloton could do to catch him before the oceanfront finish.

Known as one of the world’s top time trialists, this is Phinney’s seventh career stage win, though only the second in a road race (2013 Tour de Poland . Phinney’s impressive victory also earned him the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey today.

“Sometimes you just have a voice inside you that says go,” said Phinney. “It just got more and more painful as I went on but I knew that if I made it, it would be worth it, and it definitely, definitely was. It’s the best way to win, to win like that.”

Will Routley (CAN) of Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies spent his first road race day in the peloton rather than the breakaway, but sprung ahead on San Marcos Pass to once again claim the Michelob Ultra King of the Mountain Jersey.

Today’s result left the leader board unaltered with Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins (GBR) retaining the Amgen Race Leader Jersey for the fourth day, trailed by Team Garmin-Sharp’s Rohan Dennis (AUS) with +:28 and Team NetApp-Endura’s Tiago Machado (POR) with +1:09. Lawson Craddock (Austin, Texas) of Team Giant-Shimano remains in the Crunchies Best Young Rider jersey and fourth place overall.

As part of Amgen’s effort to honor and celebrate cancer survivors and to raise awareness about its Breakaway from Cancer® initiative, the Santa Barbara finish featured a Breakaway Mile, a special walk along the race course that crosses the race finish line to honor the millions of cancer survivors worldwide.

Santa Barbara cancer survivor Jack Bianchi was recognized as the local Breakaway from Cancer Champion. He has been in remission 22 years and, in that time, has helped raise more than $1.5 million for cancer programs in the Santa Barbara area. Jack dedicates his time to organizing events to raise money for the Santa Barbara Cancer Center and other cancer organizations.

Bianchi was joined by approximately 150 community members impacted by cancer and cancer survivor Mike Moxness, scientific director at Amgen, who plays a crucial role in developing innovative medicines to treat cancer and other serious illnesses.

Today’s Breakaway from Cancer activities also featured Pismo Beach resident Sharon Rude who fired the official start gun to begin the stage, and Bianchi awarded the Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider jersey to BMC Racing Team’s Taylor Phinney.

For access to resources or to learn more, visit breakawayfromcancer.com.

From iconic ocean vistas to mountaintop finishes to desert scapes, the cyclists will cover more than 720 miles of beautiful and varying California terrain this week as they ride from the north to the south of the state in the ninth annual Tour de France-style competition.

STAGE 6 TOMORROW, PRESENTED BY CRUNCHIES NATURAL SNACKS:
Friday, May 16 – Santa Clarita to Mountain High (94.4 mi)
Start Time: 11:35 a.m. PDT
Estimated Finish Time: 3:45 p.m. PDT
Satellite Feed Time: 4:50 – 5 p.m. PT
Coordinates can be found at

http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/uploads/images/news/2014-stage6-tipsheet.pdf

Stage 6 will start in the Newhall section of Santa Clarita. For those racers who came screaming down Bouquet Canyon to finish Stage 3 in 2013, they will know that they have a long and steep climb up Bouquet Canyon. A left turn onto Spunky Canyon will see the route pass through the small town of Green Valley. The race will continue through the familiar past host city of Palmdale and onto the route used in 2010 to reach Big Bear. The climb of Big Pine Road was the first of many on the 2010 route. It will be the final climb of Stage 6. As the riders reach the top of the climb and have Mountain High ski resort in their sights, the leaders will find that the route makes a 180 degree turn up Table Mountain Road and another steep 1.2-mile climb to the remote finish at Mountain High North. This will be the second true mountaintop finish of 2014.

There are plenty of ways to take in the pro action, whether in person on the race course through May 18, via daily broadcasts on NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports (final Sunday), or by downloading the free Tour Tracker app, which features live race updates, rider background and full race results. More information on all of the ways to watch is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

Will Routley Claims Historic Win at Amgen Tour of California

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Canuck Claims Stage Win, Points, and King of the Mountain Jerseys from Stellar Breakaway Effort
May 15th | Pismo Beach, CA
Will Routley continued to gather momentum in an incredible day of racing for Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies, claiming the stage win and two classification jerseys in Cambria, California, the fourth finish line of the Amgen Tour of California.

Routley, who launched into the early breakaway for the third time in four stages this week, claimed top points on all three categorized climbs on the stunning 105 mile route along Highway 1 from Monterey to Cambria to increase his lead in the Michelob Ultra King of the Mountain (KOM) competition before working alongside his breakaway companions to maintain their lead on the charging peloton to the finish line.

 

The stage win was an exclamation point on an already successful day of racing for the 31-year old native of Vancouver, a breakaway specialist who earned Optum p/b KBS its most prestigious stage win ever.

Amgen Tour of California, 2014

“We are a strong team in North America, no doubt, but to be here competing against the world’s best, to win two jerseys and the stage, is incredible for this team,” said Routley. “It was one of those rare scenarios where you think ‘holy smokes’, this break could actually make it to the line. The big sprinters teams kind of mistimed it – when you are going 60 kilometers an hour in the breakaway, it’s pretty hard for people to close that gap, even if it is only a few minutes.”

 

 

Fellow Canadian and Performance Manager Eric Wohlberg guided Routley in the breakaway from the team car, and was impressed with the win and effort from his fellow countryman.

“Will did an incredible amount of work capturing top points on all the climbs, and to fight for a stage win on top of that shows that he is a world-class competitor. He is now solidly in the lead in the KOM competition and earned our team it’s first stage win at North America’s biggest race. All of the athletes and staff could not be more proud.”

 

Routley, known as a savvy tactician and breakaway specialist, attributed his victory to focus and hard work.

“I’ve always been a bit of a a jack of all trades and a master of none, so in my training, I just work as hard as I can and I work on everything,” he said. “I feel like my top-end power is as good as it’s ever been and physically, everything is in place. It really just becomes a matter of recognizing the opportunity, staying confident and calm, and letting the moment come to me.”

Routley will wear the points jersey, taken from the shoulders of former world champion Mark Cavendish, on stage five’s journey from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara. His KOM jersey will rest on the shoulders of Jonny Clarke (United Healthcare) for the time being, and he will fight alongside his teammates for more success in four more days of racing down the California coast.

2014 Amgen Tour of California Roster
Ryan Anderson
Alex Candelario
Brad Huff
Carter Jones
Will Routley
Eric Young
Scott Zwizanski