Race puzzle to come together in broadcast
The daily excitement and thrilling conclusion to this year's Nature Valley Grand Prix will be chronicled on United States' CBS Sports Network's "Sports Spectacular" program. The event will be televised on Thursday, August 9 at 8PM ET; Sunday, August 12 at 6PM ET; and Tuesday August 14 at 9PM ET.
The Nature Valley Grand Prix men's race was an epic struggle between Tom Zirbel (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategy) and John Murphy (Kenda/5hr Energy p/b Geargrinders). Zirbel, known for his time trialing, held the yellow jersey at this race in 2009 until the final stage, when it was snatched away from him by Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare). Murphy, an accomplished sprinter, planned to win the overall based on time bonuses offered throughout the stages.
The women's race was dominated by Carmen Small (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies), a true all rounder who used time trialing, sprinting and climbing to claim the yellow jersey. But there was plenty of drama during the individual stages, including a record three consecutive Freewheel Bike Most Aggressive Jersey wins by TIBCO/To the Top's Megan Guarnier.
"Even for fans who attended the races in person or followed the live streams on the internet, this program is a chance to put all of the pieces together," Nature Valley Grand Prix Executive Director David LaPorte said.
"For everyone else, this is an opportunity for them to see some of the best professional cycling in the United States showcased in an hour-long broadcast."