We’ve been remiss… it’s been two weeks since our last TWTW, so let’s try and catch up with the news.
First off, bad news on the races front. The US Open of Cycling scheduled to be held on May 16 has been canceled, reducing the USA Cycling Professional Tour calendar to 9 events. But the news gets even worse, after 24 years, the Philly race (aka Philadelphia Cycling Championship) is in major jeopardy. The organizers announced on 21 April to The Philadelphia Inquirer, that they were facing a $500,000 budget gap, and if they can’t make up the difference by Monday April 27, the race will be canceled. Wanna help? Donate money, purchase a poster or a VIP ticket here
“If you’ve ever been on the Manayunk Wall on the last two laps of the race, it’s just a wall of sound the entire way up.” said 2005 winner Chris Wherry.
In better news department, Quick Step will be racing at the Tour of Missouri joining the Garmin-Slipstream, Columbia-High Road, Cervelo Test Team, Astana, Liquigas, Jelly Belly and BMC Racing teams in September.
The Rock Racing saga continues. Tyler Hamilton announced his retirement after positive for the banned steroid Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) after an out-of-competition control in early February. Hamilton said that he knowinngly took the banned substance to fight his depression. And so concludes a tumultuous career where the American had served a 2-year suspension after a positive test for a homologous blood transfusion in 2004. Three riders – Mike Creed, Chris Baldwin and Cesar Grajales – were fired by Michael Ball who cited ‘financial difficulties’ as to the reason, however Creed in an interview with nyvelocity said that he was told it had to do with ‘performance’. Typical opacity and murkiness with this team, good luck to the three riders in these tough times in cycling. The team has also pulled out of the upcoming SRAM Tour of the Gila.
Citing the current economic difficulties, Successful Living will no longer be the presenting sponsor for the Fly V Australia team. What this means for the riders scheduled for the American races is unknown at this time. Finally, the BMC Team will be the only non-Pro Tour team at the Dauphiné Libéré held on 7-14 June in France.
On the racing front, the Sea Otter Classic or Levi Leipheimer vs BISSELL team show was held last weekend and in the final tally, the BISSELL team won the criterium (which Leipheimer did not race) and the circuit race and Leipheimer won the road race.
In the women’s races, the showdown was between the Colavita/Sutter Home and TIBCO teams. In the end, Colavita came home with two wins and TIBCO one.
The BMC Team dominated last weekend’s Tour of the Battenkill. Chad Beyer won the Pro/Amateur race on Saturday in a 2-up sprint in front of Tom Zirbel (BISSELL). Ken Hanson (Team Type 1) was third.
In the Sunday Pro Invitational race, BMC’s Scott Nydam soloed his way to victory after being in front for nearly 175 km – grinta! Early in the hard 200km race, Nydam broke away with Bobby Lea (Ouch) and the duo quickly gained a 3 minute advantage to the field. Many in the peloton were happy to let the duo go as they thought they would be reeled in before the finish but boy were they mistaken. Finally, led by Planet Energy, the chase was on but with minimum assistance from other teams, the duo was just not being caught. About halfway through the race, François Parisien (Planet Energy) launched his solo move and managed to catch Lea who had dropped out of the break leaving Nydam alone in the wind in front. Finally, after over 5 hours in the saddle, Nydam crossed the finish line first. Karl Menzies (Ouch) was second and Parisien was third.
Also on Sunday, Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly) won the 60km Fuji Bicycles Paris to Ancaster race in Ontario, Canada ahead of Mike Garrigan and Mark Batty.
Finally, one year ago, on April 24, Timmy Duggan (Garmin-Slipstream) violently crashed during stage 3 of the Tour of Georgia and ended up in critical conditions with a traumatic brain injury. A long recovery of re-learning both on and off the bike brought him back to racing in January at the Tour Down Under and now Duggan is getting ready to race at the Tour de Romandie next week.
“The doctors told me all along that they really didnt think I would really be healed fully for at least a year, so Im really glad to have reached that mark in good health. Its funny about that year mark. I wasnt even thinking about it but after my latest block of racing and recovery I really felt like I am pretty much back at my old self. Even in the last race I was still relearning some things, but now I finally feel confident and prepared in even the most intense situations.” said Duggan on his blog.