Sprinters jersey remains in play
The Women's Prestige Cycling Series continues on Monday, with Pennsylvania's International Tour de ‘Toona. Mara Abbott and her Webcor Builder's team mates hold commanding leads in the individual, best young rider and team competitions, but the sprinters' jersey is up for grabs.
Rebecca Larson (Aaron's) will wear the red Series sprint jersey at Altoona, but 2006 Series sprint champion Brooke Miller (TIBCO) is in hot pursuit. Larson claimed the Wheaties Sprint Jersey at the Nature Valley Grand Prix last month, with Miller on the second step of the podium, moving them from 6th and 5th to 1st and 2nd in the Series sprint standings. Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton) and Laura Van Gilder (Team Cheerwine) are also within striking distance.
While the Series sprinter's jersey is still in play, Webcor appears to have wrapped up the team competition and Webcor's Mara Abbott controls her own fate for the individual and best young rider competitions. Her second place overall finishes at the Redlands Bicycle Classic and the Nature Valley GP have given her very comfortable margins in both competitions and she would have to falter badly to lose her leads in at Altoona.
The outcome of the International Tour de ‘Toona will also determine the teams invited to the CD&P Bermuda Grand Prix in September. This is the brass ring for the Series, with the top ten teams receiving travel stipends to attend this very popular race.
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