Following the Tour de Toona, the top ten teams in the USA's Women's Prestige Cycling Series are headed for the grand finale, the CD&P Bermuda Grand Prix, held from September 7-10. The teams are: TEAm Lipton, Webcor - Platinum, Team Biovail, Colavita / Cooking Light, Victory Brewing, Team Cheerwine, TRIA Orthopaedic, PABW Powered by TIBCO, CPT - Colnago and Advil / Chapstick.
TEAm Lipton widened their lead over Webcor - Platinum, from 32 points after the Nature Valley Grand Prix to a daunting 123 points. These gains were the result of strong performances by Lipton riders and by the absence of Christine Thorburn, Webcor - Platinum's stage race star. An impressive second place finish at Altoona by Alex Wrubleski moved Team Biovail into third for the Series.
After winning both the Nature Valley Grand Prix and the International Tour de Toona, Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton) has solidified her hold on the Series individual competition. TEAm Lipton holds three of the top four spots, a string broken only by Webcor-Patinum's Erinne Willock in third.
The Tour de Toona may also have been a glimpse into the future, with U26 riders Alex Wrubleski (Team Biovail) and Erinne Willock (Webcor-Platinum) taking second and third respectively. Willock retained a strong hold on the BYR Series jersey, with Katharine Carroll (Victory Brewing) in second and Wrubleski in third.
Brooke Miller (PABW Powered by TIBCO) held onto the Series Sprinter's jersey despite a charge from Colavita / Cooking Light's Tina Pic that vaulted Pic from sixth to second. Although Pic won the Tour de Toona's sprint competition, Miller garnered enough points from a stage win and intermediate sprints to take third in that race's spring competition and retain the Series lead.
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