Theresa Cliff-Ryan's win in the Chris Thater Memorial criterium pushed her up the rankings of the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar into third overall behind leader Janel Holcomb and Leah Kirchman. That put three Colavita-Forno d'Asolo teammates in the top three, with Erinne Willock (Tibco/Top the Top) dropped to fourth
Cliff-Ryan's victory in the fast-paced race came before Hurricane Irene's effects blew into Binghamton, New York. Despite an early breakaway from Rachel Warner (Missing Link), the race came down to a bunch sprint and Cliff-Ryan, winner of the Grand Cycling Classic, Presbyterian Hospital Criterium and Tour of Somerville, easily beat Joanne Kiesanowski (Tibco) and Erica Allar (RideClean) in the dash to the line.
The victory also gave the Colavita-Forno d'Asolo squad an unassailable lead in the teams classification.
The men's rankings remained unchanged as the race was cancelled because of worsening conditions created by Hurricane Irene's outer bands. Francisco Mancebo (Realcyclist) leads by a large margin over Jake Keough (UnitedHealthCare) in the individual rankings, while Bissell is at the top of the team standings.
"When I realised where I was standing as Bradley Wiggins crossed the line I said 'I'm in trouble', but now the trouble will be to hold the jersey and ride hard for two more weeks," Froome said after the finish. "This situation was never the plan. I got the green light from the team to go for the time trial as hard as I could. I had a really good day."
'A good day' is an understatement: Froome came in just 59 seconds slower than stage winner Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad), and beat the reigning world champion Fabian Cancellara by almost half a minute. This from a rider whose previous top time trial performances were a second at the British championships in 2010 and ninth at the Tour de Suisse in June.
After slaying himself to pull Wiggins back to the head of the race on the final climb to Sierra de Béjar on stage 9, Froome was even more stunned that he could put in such a surprising performance in Salamanca.
"I think it was the updates from Sports Director Marcus Ljungqvist on the radio which kept me going. To be honest I felt pretty rough out there; I was hurting from...
The Spanish national team's coach Jose Luis de Santos has named 12 riders for the country's team for the world championships in Copenhagen. He will send a team designed around three-time world champion Oscar Freire for the sprint-friendly course.
"This is a team designed to help Oscar Freire, who will be our only team leader for the world championship, which does not have many difficulties, since the elevation gain is only 2,000 meters. As always it will be hard to keep things together so Oscar arrives in the best possible condition to that sprint, but at the same time dismissing faster opponents can be...
The 35-year-old Boulder, Colorado resident spoke to Cyclingnews moments after crossing the finish line of the final stage in Denver and was effusive in his praise of the event.
"It exceeded any expectations that I could have had for my home state race, and I'm just ecstatic that it happened. I just want to thank the whole state for coming out."
The race was a huge priority for Baldwin, who for the first time in his career could compete in a world-class stage race in his home state.
"You have an extra gear on the bike," said Baldwin, about the additional motivation and energy from racing at home. "I rode the best I have in years this week. I think it's just due to coming out of my skin every day for...
Based on the UCI points earned by countries Canada can only field three riders for the road race, as well as two for the time trial. Tuft, Hesjedal and UnitedHealthcare’s Christian Meier are all down to ride both events. Though a win in the road race is unlikely, particularly with such a small squad, Tuft’s abilities against the clock will give Canada a very real chance of a medal in Copenhagen.
Canada has never won a world championship at the elite level of the sport, with Steve Bauer’s second place in the Barcelona road race (1984), and Tuft’s recent second in the Varese time trial (2008) the closest the country has gotten to capturing the rainbow jersey.
The final selection will be made in September, closer to the event.
Two-time Vuelta winner Denis Menchov (Geox-TMC) believes that stage 10's time trial around Salamanca hasn't ruled out any of the GC contenders and says the race is still wide open as the riders make use of the first rest day on Tuesday.
Menchov posted a mediocre time, 2:19 down on stage winner Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) over a course that suited the Russian. Despite the time difference to the stage winner, Menchov still sits within striking distance of a top-five place overall, 2:35 down on race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky).
"I'm happy more for the way I was feeling during the trial than for the result I achieved," said Menchov.
"A time trial can go either way, but for the distance of a three week race it's your physical shape that can make a difference, and I feel like I'm in good shape. The possibilities to get a good result in this Vuelta haven't changed compared to the first day of the race and for the final victory the rivals are all still really close. I'd say the time trial hasn't taken anybody out of the game."
Menchov came into the time trial looking to prove how serious his credentials were as an overall threat in the race. With today's time trial the only significant chance he had of distancing the pure climbers he will surely see today's result as a missed opportunity.
With the mountainous parcours remaining the Russian may find himself turning into a domestique deluxe for Juan Jose Cobo. The Spaniard lost more time than Menchov over the 47km course but sits 1:47 off the lead and is the team's best place rider on GC.
"Before starting I would have given anything for this result," Cobo said at the finish of the time trial.
"I didn't lose more than two minutes from the favourites but overall...
Bannan plans to capitalise on existing Australian structure
While much of the focus of GreenEdge's bid to enter the professional peloton in 2012 has surrounded the creation of the men's ProTour team, the Australian outfit has also been hard at work shaping a women's elite squad to take on the likes of Garmin-Cervelo and hopefully, HTC-Highroad. Plans for a women's elite team were announced at the GreenEdge launch in Adelaide in January and Cycling Australia board member, former professional Tracey Gaudry says that it's a move that will add "the final piece" to the nation's cycling puzzle.
Just as they are with the men's program, GreenEdge is working directly with Cycling Australia and the Australian cycling pathway from the state institutes of sport, through to the AIS scholarships, to the national team for women. So for the first time for Australia's female cyclists there is a road from club racing all the way through to professional team status in Europe.
The deadlines for women's elite teams are different from the ProTour, with registration payments due to the UCI on December 10 however, GreenEdge General Manager Shayne Bannan said plans are well and truly under way.
"We're looking at the structure - a lot of the sponsors for the men's team will be the same for the women's team such as Scott Bikes, Santini and all the technical sponsors that go with it," he confirmed to Cyclingnews.
"We're in the process of looking at the riders list and the combination of age, experience and youth."
Gaudry, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Amy Gillett Foundation, believes that running an elite women's team alongside a ProTour outfit is the "perfect model" for professional cycling.
"We have to be honest, the cost to maintain a women's team is such a low base right now internationally – very modest improvements on that will add so much value to women's racing," the...
Geraint Thomas and Ben Swift will lead Team Sky at the race next month. They will be joined by Peter Kennaugh and Alex Dowsett, while Mathew Hayman and Michael Rogers round out the team.
Swift will be the team’s principle sprinter while Rogers will use the race as part of his comeback after missing most of the year through illness.
"This is a strong and exciting team for the Tour of Britain. After a hugely successful season on the roads of Europe and beyond, it is really exciting to be racing in front of our home fans and we will be looking to repay the great support they have given the team all year," said Sky’s Dave Brailsford.
The team will be looking to at least match their performance from last year’s race in which Greg Henderson won a stage and wore the leader’s jersey.
Their best shot for stages will rest on the shoulders of Swift who enjoyed his first pro win at the race in Katusha colours in 2009.
"I'm looking forward to racing my home Tour again particularly as it is where I secured my first professional win in 2009. There will be some tough opposition this year with a number of star riders appearing, but we have a really exciting team with a real depth to it. The team is riding well and full of confidence and we can’t wait to get going,” he said.
The race begins on September 11 in Scotland and finishes in London on September 18.