Lexus Joins the Field for the USA Pro Challenge

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Lexus Joins the Field for the USA Pro Challenge, Becoming the Official Vehicle Through 2015
Luxury Automaker to Award Race Winner with Three-Year Vehicle Lease

Denver (July 31, 2014) – This August, as the best cyclists in the world compete in the largest professional race in the U.S., they will be escorted through the Colorado Rockies by Lexus. The luxury automaker has signed a two-year deal to become the official vehicle of the USA Pro Challenge through 2015 and, through the Lexus Champion Giveaway, the brand will provide the overall race winner with a three-year lease for a CT 200h hybrid. Additionally, Lexus will be the presenting partner for the Sprint Jersey, which has been worn by some of the top sprinters in the world, including Cannondale’s Peter Sagan.

“Partnering with one of the largest races in the country seemed like a natural opportunity since Lexus and cycling share common traits,” said Brian Smith, Lexus Vice President of Marketing. “We have a passion for cutting-edge design, technology, performance and efficiency that helps us create innovative luxury vehicles like the all-new Lexus NX 200t. These same intense characteristics in a cyclist and their race bike are the foundation for a win.”

One of the biggest races in the United States, the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 18-24, and will travel 550 miles from Aspen to Denver, making stops in 10 Colorado host cities known for their cycling culture and history. Lexus will provide an unprecedented 125 cars for the caravan, including the all-new 2015 NX 200t, a luxury compact crossover featuring Lexus’ first 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline turbo engine, versatile capabilities and intuitive technology. Through the Lexus Drive to the Finish, the NX 200t will lead the cyclists out of the start city each day.

As an added incentive for the 2014 Pro Challenge, and one of the biggest prizes ever awarded in a U.S. professional cycling race, the overall winner will be given a three-year lease to a CT 200h through the Lexus Champion Giveaway.

“Lexus is one of the biggest luxury car brands in the world, and the play they are making in the cycling space really shows their support of the sport overall,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the Pro Challenge. “The company’s activations at the Pro Challenge this year far exceed anything we have seen in the past, with engaging elements for fans and even something for the riders. Lexus will be a key part of the race for the next two years and hopefully for many more to come.”

In addition to being the presenting partner for the Stage 6 Individual Time Trial in Vail, Lexus will entitle the Sprint Jersey. The coveted jersey is awarded to the rider that accumulates the most bonus points, which are given based on sprint line performances as well as finishing the stage in the top 15 places. Cyclists who specialize in bursts of power and speed or consistently finish near the top of each stage will have the best chance to wear this respected green jersey.

As part of the partnership, Lexus will have a consumer-engaging footprint within the Finish Festival, an interactive, free-to-the-public event located at the finish of each stage of the race. The Lexus space will feature a number of interesting elements including displays that will allow guests to get real-time updates on the Pro Challenge, as well as additional information on race participants. Fans also can participate in the Ultimate Poll to share their pick of favorite teams, cyclists, host cities and Lexus vehicles for the chance to win a VIP hospitality pass for the 2015 race.

The Lexus space also will highlight the Lexus F SPORT Performance Bike, an LFA-inspired carbon fiber road bike. One hundred F SPORT bicycles were built last year to demonstrate the shared characteristics between Lexus and cycling, such as efficiency, design elegance and performance-minded materials. The frame uses the same carbon fiber material Lexus developed for the LFA supercar, while the paintwork is polished to LFA standards. Each bike received quality reviews akin to the super-fastidious LFA-inspection process.

Additionally, through a partnership with Bicycle Colorado, which encourages and promotes cycling, Lexus will offer spectators bike valet service, providing convenience and ease at each stage finish for fans.

About Lexus
Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F models, including the LFA supercar, for top-of-the-line performance. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 234 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.

About the USA Pro Challenge
Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 18-24, 2014. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge continues to set records in professional cycling by taking the riders to unprecedented elevations. Featuring a challenging course, the fourth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery.

Team SmartStop Tour of Utah Roster

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Next Monday, August 4th, Team SmartStop will begin racing in their first Medalist race for the 2014 season, the UCI 2.1 Larry H. Millar Tour of Utah.

Known as the toughest stage race in America, the Tour of Utah is one of only five UCI-sanctioned, multi-stage races in North America. Team SmartStop is proud to be a part of the 2014 edition after working hard all year to get the invitation to race.

This year, the Tour of Utah organizers have included a seventh stage, having previously only hosted six, making the race even harder than its predecessors. Team SmartStop Director, Michael Creed, has picked a strong team for the race who aim to contest stage wins and includes 2013 KOM winner, Michael Torckler.

The team will also feature Rob Britton who has proved himself this year as the teams General Classification contender, Travis McCabe who will be looking to compare his sprinting skills to those at the world tour level and Jure Kocjan who is returning from two months back in Slovenia.

The complete Team SmartStop Roster is
Joshua Berry
Rob Britton
Flavio De Luna
Shane Kline
Jure Kocjan
Julian Kyer
Travis McCabe
Michael Torckler

This year the race will cover over 1,200km as we travel from Ceder City in Southern Utah up to Park City, through some of the most majestic and stunning scenery Utah and America has to offer. The riders will race over numerous mountain passes and climb to great heights over the course of seven stages.

Larry H. Millar Tour of Utah Stages
Stage One – Cedar City to Cedar City – 182km
Stage Two – Panguitch to Torrey – 210.3km
Stage Three – Lehi to Miller Motorsports Park – 190.3km
Stage Four – Ogden to Powder Mountain – 168.5km
Stage Five – Evanston, WY to Kamas – 163.2km
Stage Six – Salt Lake City to Snowbird – 172.6km
Stage Seven – Park City to Park City – 125.5km

Video:Marianne Vos Sprints To Victory In Inaugural La Course by Le Tour de France

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1. Marianne VOS, Rabo-liv, in 2:00:41
2. Kirsten WILD, Giant-Shimano, at :00
3. Leah KIRCHMANN, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :00
4. Lisa BRENNAUER, Specialized-lululemon, at :00
5. Shelley OLDS, Ale Cipollini, at :00
6. Coryn RIVERA, UnitedHealthcare, at :00
7. Jolien D’HOORE, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at :00
8. Emma JOHANSSON, Orica-AIS, at :00
9. Simona FRAPPORTI, Astana-BePink, at :00
10. Roxane FOURNIER, Vienne Futuroscope, at :00
11. Giorgia BRONZINI, Wiggle-Honda, at :00
12. Lizzie WILLIAMS, AUS, at :00
13. Fiona DUTRIAUX, Vienne Futuroscope, at :00
14. Elena CECCHINI, Estado de Mexico Faren, at :00
15. Aude BIANNIC, FRA, at :00
16. Christine MAJERUS, Boels Dolmans, at :00
17. Oxana KOZONCHUK, RusVelo, at :00
18. Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN, Rabo-liv, at :00
19. Eleonora VAN DIJK, Boels Dolmans, at :00
20. Chloe HOSKING, HiTec Products, at :00
21. Hannah BARNES, UnitedHealthcare, at :00
22. Fanny RIBEROT, FRA, at :04
23. Alena AMIALIUSIK, Astana-BePink, at :06
24. Sharon LAWS, UnitedHealthcare, at :10
25. Marta TAGLIAFERRO, Ale Cipollini, at :10
26. Yulia BLINDYUK, RusVelo, at :10
27. Clemilda FERNANDES SILVA, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
28. Lucinda BRAND, Rabo-liv, at :20
29. Vera KOEDOODER, Bigla, at :20
30. Sarah ROY, Vienne Futuroscope, at :20
31. Susanna ZORZI, Astana-BePink, at :20
32. Valentina SCANDOLARA, Orica-AIS, at :20
33. Taryn HEATHER, Bigla, at :20
34. Carmen SMALL, Specialized-lululemon, at :20
35. Rachel NEYLAN, AUS, at :20
36. Janel HOLCOMB, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :20
37. Chantal BLAAK, Specialized-lululemon, at :20
38. Romy KASPER, Boels Dolmans, at :20
39. Amy PIETERS, Giant-Shimano, at :20
40. Janine VAN DER MEER, NED, at :20
41. Marcia FERNANDES SILVA, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
42. Katarzyna PAWLOWSKA, Boels Dolmans, at :20
43. Emily COLLINS, Wiggle-Honda, at :20
44. Brianna WALLE, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :20
45. Elena KUCHINSKAYA, RusVelo, at :20
46. Nina KESSLER, Boels Dolmans, at :20
47. Cecilie Gotaas JOHNSEN, HiTec Products, at :20
48. Charlotte LENTING, NED, at :20
49. Charlotte BRAVARD, Vienne Futuroscope, at :20
50. Irene SAN SEBASTIAN LASA, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
51. Jade WILCOXSON, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :20
52. Dorleta ESKAMENDI GIL, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
53. Sara MUSTONEN, Giant-Shimano, at :20
54. Cari HIGGINS, UnitedHealthcare, at :20
55. Liesbet DE VOCHT, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at :20
56. Lotta LEPISTÖ, Bigla, at :20
57. Melodie LESUEUR, FRA, at :20
58. Amélie RIVAT, Vienne Futuroscope, at :20
59. Trixi WORRACK, Specialized-lululemon, at :20
60. Lieselot DECROIX, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at :20
61. Yulia ILINYKH, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
62. Chantal HOFFMANN, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at :20
63. Emilia FAHLIN, Wiggle-Honda, at :20
64. Jacqueline HAHN, Bigla, at :20
65. Elise DELZENNE, Specialized-lululemon, at :20
66. Audrey CORDON, HiTec Products, at :20
67. Malgorzta JASINSKA, Ale Cipollini, at :20
68. Maaike POLSPOEL, Giant-Shimano, at :27
69. Jessie MACLEAN, Orica-AIS, at :27
70. Anna VAN DER BREGGEN, Rabo-liv, at :27
71. Iris SLAPPENDEL, Rabo-liv, at :27
72. Gracie ELVIN, Orica-AIS, at :27
73. Carlee TAYLOR, Orica-AIS, at :30
74. Jessica MUNDY, AUS, at :30
75. Amanda SPRATT, Orica-AIS, at :30
76. Charlotte BECKER, Wiggle-Honda, at :39
77. Emilie MOBERG, HiTec Products, at :56
78. Giada BORGATO, Estado de Mexico Faren, at 1:02
79. Eugénie DUVAL, FRA, at 1:13
80. Marion SICOT, FRA, at 1:13
81. Anouska KOSTER, NED, at 1:13
82. Ashlynn VAN BAARLE, NED, at 1:16
83. Silvia VALSECCHI, Astana-BePink, at 1:16
84. Emma POOLEY, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at 1:16
85. Julia SOEK, Giant-Shimano, at 1:16
86. Tayler WILES, Specialized-lululemon, at 1:19
87. Lauren TAMAYO, UnitedHealthcare, at 1:19
88. Denise RAMSDEN, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 1:19
89. Lauren HALL, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 1:19
90. Tatiana GUDERZO, Ale Cipollini, at 1:28
91. Barbara GUARISCHI, Ale Cipollini, at 1:28
92. Elena BERLATO, Ale Cipollini, at 1:28
93. Pauline FERRAND PREVOT, Rabo-liv, at 2:21
94. Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD, Boels Dolmans, at 3:11
95. Anastasiya CHULKOVA, RusVelo, at 4:10
DNF Anna Zita Maria STRICKER, Astana-BePink
DNF Makhabbat UMUTZHANOVA, Astana-BePink
DNF Jenelle CROOKS, AUS
DNF Louisa LOBIGS, AUS
DNF Desiree EHRLER, Bigla
DNF Elke GEBHARDT, Bigla
DNF Leire OLABERRIA DORRONSORO, Bizkaia-Durango
DNF Ana Teresa CASAS BONILLA, Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Maria Giulia CONFALONIERI, Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Carolina RODRIGUEZ GUTIERREZ, Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Anna TREVISI, Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Sophie CREUX, FRA
DNF Tone Hatteland LIMA, HiTec Products
DNF Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, HiTec Products
DNF Anisha VEKEMANS, Lotto-Belisol Ladies
DNF Kirsten COPPENS, NED
DNF Evy KUIJPERS, NED
DNF Pascale JEULAND, Vienne Futuroscope
DNF Alexandra BURCHENKOVA, RusVelo
DNF Maria MISHINA, RusVelo
DNF Willeke KNOL, Giant-Shimano
DNF Scotti WILBORNE, UnitedHealthcare
DNF Beatrice BARTELLONI, Wiggle-Honda
DNF Kathryn BERTINE, Wiggle-Honda

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Three Grand Tour Winners Part of 128 Riders Announced for Tour of Utah

 

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26 Countries Represented among All-Star Roster of Athletes August 4-10

Editor’s Note: Preliminary rosters for all 16 teams provided at end of release; a select group of riders will be available for media interviews on August 3 as part of Roll Out Press Conference in Cedar City. For details contact Lyne or Jackie with Tour of Utah PR.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (July 23, 2014) – A stellar cast of 128 professional cyclists representing 26 countries will race 753 miles across Utah and Wyoming for the 2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. As the first internationally-sanctioned cycling competition in North America after July’s Tour de France, organizers for the 2014 Tour of Utah released the preliminary rosters for all 16 professional teams for the seven-day stage race, August 4-10. Teams are confirmed to bring 25 riders with racing experience from the three most recent Grand Tours of Europe (Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España). Eight of these riders are currently competing at this month’s Tour de France.

For the first time in Utah, the peloton will showcase three Grand Tour champions. American Chris Horner of the Italian-based Lampre-Merida squad returns to the Tour of Utah as the reigning Vuelta a España champion. Following his second place finish at the Tour of Utah last year, Horner became the first American to win the three-week “Tour of Spain.”

Inaugural appearances at the Tour of Utah will be made by the two-time (2006, 2010) Giro d’Italia champion Ivan Basso, riding for the Can nondale Pro Cycling Team, and 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, riding for BMC Racing Team. Basso, a 36-year-old Italian climber, has more than 23 wins as a professional, and has ridden in 18 Grand Tours. Evans, a world champion in 2009, became the first Australian to win the Tour de France three years ago. This year he wore the leader’s jersey for four days at the Giro d’Italia.

2013 Tour of Utah champion Tom Danielson (USA) of Team Garmin-Sharp has confirmed he will return to defend his title. He will be joined by Lachlan Morton (Australia), who won Stage 3 of the 2013 Tour of Utah, and three teammates who started this year’s Tour de France – Colombian Janier Acevedo and Americans Alex Howes and Ben King. Acevedo finished third overall at last year’s Tour of Utah and Howes finished 4th in the General Classification (G.C.) in 2009.

Other top athletes expected to race with ProTeams in the field are Jens Voigt (Germany) and Matthew Busche (USA) of Trek Factory Racing, Michael Schär (Switzerland) of BMC Racing Team, Ted King (USA) of Can nondale Pro Cycling, and Wilco Kelderman (The Netherlands) of Belkin Pro Cycling.

“An impressive group of riders, led by three Grand Tour champions and our own reigning Tour of Utah champion, are headlining the list of entries. We are pleased to attract and host such accomplished cyclists who will be challenged by this difficult yet stunning race route,” said Steve Miller, president of Miller Sports Properties, which oversees the Tour of Utah. “Spectators will be sure to enjoy world-class competition from southern Utah to the Wasatch Front for our 10th anniversary edition.”

From the Pro Continental teams racing in Utah, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team will bring 2008 Tour of Utah champion Jeff Louder and 2013 Tour of Utah fourth-place finisher on G.C. Lucas Euser. Team Novo Nordisk will bring Spanish climber Javier Megias and the 2013 French Lorraine mountain bike and cyclocross champion Charles Planet. Featured on the Drapac Pro Cycling squad from Australia is Jai Crawford, who won the Snowbird stage of 2010 Tour of Utah, finishing 4th on G.C. with Fly V Australia that year.

Team rosters from Continental teams include strong talent, including several who have performed well in past years at the Tour of Utah. Michael Torckler (New Zealand) will be racing this year for Team SmartStop, returning to Utah after capturing the 2013 Ski Utah King of the Mountain classification jersey. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA of Jamis Hagens-Berman presented by Sutter Home captured the 2012 Ski Utah KOM award jersey. American Jesse Anthony of Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies won a stage at the 2011 Tour. Team SmartStop will feature Arizona native Travis McCabe, who currently leads the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar in individual points. Jelly Belly presented by Maxxis returns this year with four-time USA Cycling Professional Road Race national champion Freddie Rodriguez.

There are four riders in the field who live in Utah – brothers Tanner and Chris Putt of BISSELL Development Team, who reside in Park City; Robbie Squire of Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home, who lives in Sandy; and Louder, who lives in Salt Lake City. Tanner Putt is the reigning two-time U23 U.S. National Road Race Champion.

The general public is invited to meet all the athletes at the Team Presentation and Community Celebration on Saturday, August 2 at Cedar City’s Main Street Park, 200 North Main Street. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with live music and food, and the introduction of athletes from all 16 teams at 7 p.m. The event provides free general admission seating for all spectators, and cameras are welcome.

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah continues to be free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique professional sports in the world today. More information about the Tour of Utah and its partners can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (thetourofutah), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (2014 Tour of Utah).

How Eric Marcotte Won US Pro Road Championships: Part 1

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The 2014 edition of the US Pro Road Championships were an interesting and intriguing display and execution of both general strategy and precision tactics by Team SmartStop. Throughout this article and the one to follow, I’ll explain how the race played out and talk a little about the strategies at work on that day.

 

To begin, we’ll talk about the setting of the race and what implications that can have on the race. First, 103.6miles/166.7km is a long race. Once the riders start to really define the outcome, they really only have around two hours of full throttle (remember, it’s relative, not absolute). The decision of when to use the throttle to best maximize its effectiveness becomes extremely important in a race approaching 4.5 hours. Any way you cut it, conserving the limited time at full throttle is incredibly important in a race this long.

 

In addition to race length, the other constant was the weather that day in Chattanooga, TN. 84°F at the start is warm, but not enough so to adversely affect performance. Factor in humidity, however, and you have a warm, muggy day. In this type of weather, riders have higher sweat rates as they dissipate heat due to their efforts, which increases the influence of dehydration. There are a multitude of studies out there that show a significant decline in performance with as little dehydration as 1% of body mass and professional athletes are no exception. Fatigue from heat and dehydration will affect every rider, whether they are up the road or in the peloton, a point that we will revisit this in the next article.

 

The final constant in the race is that the normal “favorites” do not typically have the full support of their respective teams. The favorites in a national championship are always Pro Tour riders. However, this is the US Pro Championships in which only US riders are allowed to enter. Thus, considering their multinational rosters, most Pro Tour teams that would normally control the race, such as BMC with Taylor Phinney and Cannondale with Edward King, are only able to enter a reduced squad or even just a single rider. In essence, domestic teams have number advantage but not the quality of the short-handed Pro Tour squads while the Pro Tour squads have the high quality riders but lack a complete team necessary to force the peloton to race on their terms. The advantage favors whichever group is best able to leverage their strategy and makes the US Pro Championship more wide-open than many realize.

 

The Race

USA Cycling organized the parcours into three tidy sets of circuits, which makes for an easily distinguishable beginning, middle and ending chapters to the race.

 

Beginning

The beginning of a race the magnitude of the US Pro Championship, in this setting, with these circumstances, could very well be the most important part of the entire race. The beginning is when teams and riders try to place themselves into a strategically advantageous position to win the race later down the road. Conversely, the teams that are not well-represented or do not fancy their rider’s chances in the break will need to devise a strategy to keep any gap manageable, thus keeping the race winnable. Meanwhile, the riders without a team presence are relegated to sitting and waiting for something to happen that would offer an opportunity to impact the race. But let’s go back to Eric…

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Figure 1, above, is a zoomed-in view of the beginning circuits, smoothed to 10 seconds to make it clearer to read and understand. For reference, the dotted yellow line is Eric’s functional threshold power (FTP). As expected, the opening salvos were fast and fierce. Starting with Eric’s first jump and lasting until the break was established, around 20 minutes into the race, Eric’s average speed was 28.9mph at a normalized power of 387W. Equally impressive is that Eric spent around 7 minutes and 30 seconds above 500W during this time. This leg crushing effort, while definitely burning some matches, ultimately put Eric in the defining move of the day and was a great investment for both Team SmartStop and Eric.

 

Figure 2 shows that, once the move was away and settled, the overall intensity of the effort became much more conservative. Again, using the yellow dotted line as his FTP, you can see that after the break was established, the ratio of time that Eric spent above versus below his FTP changed dramatically. Also, notice the general downward trend in his heart rate. This trend is important because it shows that Eric was able to contribute to a well working breakaway that was gaining time on the peloton while maintaining an output ~85% of his FTP.

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Meanwhile, back in the peloton, the other teams were deciding how they wanted to best handle the situation. Based on how many professional events are managed by the directors and raced by the riders, one of the three outcomes were likely:

  1. The advantage gets out of hand. In this scenario, the break gains an unsurmountable advantage, the teams realize that the time gap is huge but, because of the conditions and the length of the race, there is insufficient horsepower to neutralize it. The peloton crumbles in the chase and no counter move ever materializes.
  2. The move is held to a short time gap and is caught at the end for some sort of field sprint. We see this scenario in most of the “sprinter” stages in the grand tours. The short leash results in the break having to ride flat out in order to maintain their lead. Meanwhile, the peloton behind churns along, burning some riders in the process but ultimately catching the escapees in the last few miles/kilometers of the race. When they do catch the break, the peloton finds the escapees completely exhausted from their efforts, effectively ending the race for them as the field sprint starts to wind up.
  3. The break is held to a moderate time gap and is caught late when the peloton explodes. In this scenario, the true contenders will come from the peloton in a late counter move and will be fresher because they had the luxury of conserving energy for the majority of the race. To me, this was the most likely scenario of the US Pro Championships because of the conditions and because there was no team willing to lock down the break while declaring they were the team to beat and they had the rider that will win.

In reality, I would say thats what transpired on the day was a blend between outcomes 1 and 3. In our next article, we will finish analyzing Eric’s power file as well as discuss the underlying strategy and tactics of the race.

 

 

Sweet Sixteen Confirmed for 2014 USA Pro Challenge

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Sixteen World-Class Professional Cycling Teams Confirmed to Participate in 2014 USA Pro Challenge

UCI ProTeams BMC Racing Team, Cannondale Pro Cycling, Team Garmin-Sharp, Tinkoff-Saxo

and Trek Factory Racing to Take on the Colorado Rockies in August

Denver (July 21, 2014) – Taking place August 18-24, 2014, the 2014 USA Pro Challenge will feature 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams. Led by UCI ProTeams BMC Racing Team, Cannondale Pro Cycling, Team Garmin-Sharp, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing, the race will include some of the top talent in the sport. Taking riders on a heart-pounding journey through the Colorado Rockies, the seven-day stage race will travel 550 miles from Aspen to Denver, making stops in cities known for their cycling culture and history such as Vail and Boulder.

“We consistently get such an overwhelmingly positive response from the teams that participate in the Pro Challenge each year,” said Rick Schaden, owner of the USA Pro Challenge. “The race continues to build momentum year after year and we’ll look to build on that in 2014 by welcoming back some veteran teams and introducing some new ones to the challenging terrain and beautiful scenery of Colorado.”

Featuring teams hailing from six countries, the USA Pro Challenge will test riders by taking them to unprecedented elevations.

“We’ve had huge success in the Pro Challenge the past three years and we’re looking forward to returning for a fourth,” said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports and Team Garmin-Sharp. “As a Colorado-based team, this is a race we look forward to all year and the riders always bring their a-game. Last year Lachlan Morton won the Best Young Rider competition and Tom Danielson got third overall, so we have high goals for the race and we will give fans plenty of reasons to cheer.”

Following is the complete list of teams that will be competing in the 2014 USA Pro Challenge:

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**Full team rosters will be announced closer to the race.

“The USA Pro Challenge has featured some of the best teams in the world over the last three years and 2014 will be no different,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the Pro Challenge. “We’re giving cycling fans in the United States the chance to see the teams they love up close and in person. Interest in the race continues to grow and this year’s diverse roster of teams is going to create seven intensely competitive days of racing in August.”

After a tough week of challenging racing over mountains at high altitudes, the 2013 race concluded with an exciting finish in Denver to the roar of cheering fans. This year’s race promises to be just as exciting with the first (BMC) and second place (Garmin-Sharp) teams from last year returning. Additionally the teams of last year’s jersey winners are confirmed to compete again – overall winner Tejay van Garderen’s BMC Racing Team; Sprint Jersey winner Peter Sagan’s team Cannondale Pro Cycling; King of the Mountains Jersey winner Matt Cooke’s team Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home; and Best Young Rider Jersey winner Lachlan David Morton’s team Garmin-Sharp.

“We’re really looking forward to racing in the USA Pro Challenge again this year,” said Cannondale Team Director Alberto Volpi. “With tough, competitive racing and amazing crowds, this is the kind of race we love. Last year the team rode really well and Peter Sagan took the sprint jersey. This year, we’re coming back to take stages and be again among the main contenders. We’ll certainly bring a strong team.”

The Pro Challenge is welcoming seven new teams for their first appearance in the race, including Trek Factory Racing, Drapac Professional Cycling, Team NetApp – Endura, Bissell Development Team, Hincapie Sportswear Development Team, Rapha Condor JLT and Team SmartStop. Additionally five veteran teams will be returning for a fourth time in 2014, having participated in every edition of the Pro Challenge – BMC Racing Team, Team Garmin-Sharp, Cannondale Pro Cycling (formerly Liquigas-Cannondale), Team Novo Nordisk (formerly Team Type 1) and UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.

 

Results:Awbrey Butte Circuit Cascade Cycling Classic

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2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Men Best Young Rider FINAL GC After Stage 5 RESULT

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2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Women Best Young Rider Stage 5 RESULT

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2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Women FINAL QOM LEADER Stage 5 RESULT

2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Women FINAL SPRINT LEADER Stage 5 RESULT

2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Women FINAL TEAM GC Stage 5 RESULT 2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Women Stage 5 RESULT 2014CCCHeader-17 2014 Cascade Classic Category 2 Men FINAL GC Stage 4 RESULT 2014 Cascade Classic Category 2 Men Stage 4 RESULT 2014CCCHeader-16 2014 Cascade Classic Masters 45+ FINAL GC After Stage 4 RESULT 2014 Cascade Classic Masters 45+ Stage 4 RESULT 2014CCCHeader-15 2014 Cascade Classic Masters 35+ FINAL GC After Stage 4 RESULT 2014 Cascade Classic Masters 35+ Stage 4 RESULT 2014CCCHeader-14 2014 Cascade Classic Category 3-4 Women FINAL GC Stage 4 RESULT 2014 Cascade Classic Category 3-4 Women Stage 4 RESULT 2014CCCHeader-13 2014 Cascade Classic Category 4 Men FINAL GC After Stage 4 RESULT-1 2014 Cascade Classic Category 4 Men FINAL GC After Stage 4 RESULT 2014 Cascade Classic Category 4 Men Stage 4 RESULT 2014CCCHeader-12 2014 Cascade Classic Category 3 Men FINAL GC After Stage 4 RESULT 2014 Cascade Classic Category 3 Men Stage 4 RESULT 2014CCCHeader-11

Results:Downtown Twilight Criterium Cascade Cycling Classic

 

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2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Men GC After Stage 4 Best Young Rider RESULT

2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Men GC After Stage 4 RESULT 2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Men Stage 4 Best Young

Rider RESULT 2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Men Stage 4 RESULT 2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Men Stage 4

SPRINT LEADER RESULT 2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Men Stage 4 TEAM GC RESULT

2014 Cascade Classic Masters 35+ GC After Stage 3 RESULT

2014 Cascade Classic Masters 35+ Stage 3 RESULT


2014 Cascade Classic Masters 45+ GC After Stage 3 RESULT-1

 

2014 Cascade Classic Masters 45+ GC After Stage 3 RESULT-1

 

2014 Cascade Classic Masters 45+ GC After Stage 3 RESULT

 

2014 Cascade Classic Masters 45+ Stage 3 RESULT


2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Women Stage 4 SPRINT LEADER RESULT

2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Women Best Young Rider GC After Stage 4 RESULT

2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Women Best Young Rider Stage 4 RESULT

2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Women GC After Stage 4 RESULT

2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Women Stage 4 RESULT

2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Women Stage 4 TEAM GC RESULT
2014 Cascade Classic Category 2 Men GC After Stage 3 RESULT

2014 Cascade Classic Category 2 Men Stage 3 RESULT


2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Women GC After Stage 4 RESULT REVISED

2014 Cascade Classic Pro-1 Women Stage 4 RESULT REVISED2014 Cascade Classic Masters 45+ GC After Stage