It’s been awhile.
Last weekend, the third edition of the UCI 2.2 Vuelta a Chihuahua concluded on Sunday October 12. Francisco Mancebo (Fercase–Rota dos Moveis) successfully defended to take the honors of the 7-stage, 875.5 km (544 mile) race ahead of Gregorio Ladino (Tecos-Trek) and Iker Camaño Ortuzar (Scott-American Beef). Mancebo grabbed the leader’s jersey after stage 4 when he finished third in the ITT and never let go. Raúl Alcalá returned to racing after retiring 14 years agobut the 44-years old crashed in the second stage and had to abandon the race.
The Garmin-Chipotle squad finished with two riders in the top ten overall, Tom Peterson in fourth place and Jason Donald in eighth. Patrick McCartney took control of the pink KOM jersey on the second stage when he went into a 8-man break and never let go.
Peterson also won the U23 classification. The only bad news for the team was the crash of Donald in the final kilometers of the last stage where ue was accorded the same time as the stage winner and kept his position on GC. Donald was diagnosed with a chip on the posterior side of the greater trocanter of the femur. According to the team, “It’s not serious and a couple of weeks on crutches should do the trick. We expect a quick heal.”
Canadian François Parisien (Team Race Pro) survived multiple crashed including one in the final stage to win the intermediate sprints competition. According to Parisien, the goal of the team’s participation in the race was to show off the team in an international competition. “Mark Walters, Ryan Roth and myself tried to show our jersey. For the young riders, it was more gaining experience.”
Team Race Pro team’s management was looking towards the next season when they send their riders to Chihuahua as they are looking to expand the difficulty of the races for the team. Parisien has re-signed with the team for the upcoming season, and he was happy that he turned to this team in 2008. “It was one of the very good decisions that I’ve taken in my career.”
The Mexican team Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara-Trek team finished with two riders in the top ten, Tour of the Gila winner Ladino who finished second and Juan P. Magallanes in seventh place. Rider Luis Macas also won stage 6 and took home the overall team classification.
All photos above courtesy of Vuelta a Chihuahua. Lots more fabulous photos on the race site.
After returning from the Vuelta a Chihuahua, Garmin-Chipotle’s Christophe Laurent announced that he was leaving the team and returning to Agritubel for the 2009 season. Even though Laurent had another year to his contract, the integration and communication challenges he faced throughout the year made him reconsider his move to a non-French team and after discussions with Jonathan Vaughters, the decision was made, amicably, to move back to France.
The CSC-Saxo Bank team dominated the 6-stage Jayco Herald Sun Tour which ended on October 18 by winning 4 stages including the preface, pulling off a 1-2 in the overall classification with Australian Stuart O’Grady on top ahead of teammate Lars Bak and repeat stage winner Matt Goss claiming the points classification. Toyota-United Ben Day finished this in GC, defending champion Matt Wilson (Team Type 1) won the KOM title. Glen Chadwick was the highest placed finisher for his Team Type 1 in sixth place, Dominique Rollin joined his Toyota-United teammate in the top 10 and Canadian Will Routley (Bicycle Superstore Canada) finished in the ninth spot.
Lots of rumors on the team news front with riders still looking for contracts, but for now I’ll stick to facts (for now). Kristin Sanders who rode for the Aaron’s Cycling team will be joining the ValueAct Capital Cycling Team and Tim Farnham (Team Norcal Bike Sport) will join the Bissell team as a neo-pro next year.
Coming up. The USGP Mercer Cup p/b Knapp’s Cyclery will host a cyclocross clinic at the campus of The College of New Jersey on Sunday, October 26th on the Green Lane fields. Beginning at 1 PM, the clinic is free but size is limited to the first 25 riders. The clinic will focus on basic cyclocross techniques including mounting, dismounting, shouldering and carrying of the bike, navigating obstacles and basic race strategy.
Can’t make it to New Jersey? No worries if you’re in Northern California. The inimitable Velo Bellas have put together their great cross clinic on October 25, the day before the Spirit of Surf City Cyclocross in Soquel CA.
Ride with the pros and do some good. Join Saul Raisin and Joao Correia (Bissell) for the Spin for Kids Charity Ride on October 26th in Georgia. A fund-raiser ride for the Camp Twin Lakes a not-for-profit organization that offers year-round recreational, therapeutic, and educational programs for children with serious illnesses and life challenges. Can’t make it to the ride? S’okay , you can still donate.
Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United) and Chuck Coyle (Successful Living) will be providing a Boulder based training ride to the winner of the upcoming Moving to End Sexual Assault‘s annual raffle. The cycling package includes lots more…. The proceeds from the raffle will benefit Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA), the Boulder County Rape Crisis & Information Hotline. The winner of the raffle will be drawn at MESA’s annual Brave Bold & Beautiful held on Friday, October 24th in Boulder.