Okay time to catch up on the news after a few days of R&R.
Sprinter Ivan Dominguez has re-signed with Rock Racing after a five-month stint with Fuji-Servetto. Dominguez initially signed with Rock Racing before the 2009 season, but left the team in early January to accept a spot with the new ProTour squad. According to the team press release, his return to domestic racing was a personal decision based on a desire to be closer to his family and the races he loves. So for me the question is: how can Rock Racing hire a new rider when they weren’t able to pay previous riders such as Mike Creed?
Continuing with rider news. Canadian Cam Evans (OUCH) is back racing after his violent crash at the Tour of the Gila. His first race back was the Tour de Beauce for the Canadian National Team where he attacked multiple times in the final stages and got into breaks. All in preparation for the upcoming Nationals.
In race news: organizers announced that the 3rd annual Grand Cycling Classic, formerly the Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic, will take place on Satuday, August 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and that Meijer has come on board as title sponsor of this year’s event. The race was originally slated to be held on September 12 before the title sponsor had to pull out and was also removed from the NRC calendar. There is another NRC race, the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational in Charlotte NC held on the same date. With Grand Rapids being its home base, the BISSELL Pro Cycling Team has already committed to participate.
Well, if you’ve been reading this site, you know by now that Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies) won the overall at the Tour de Beauce, a 2.2 race on the UCI Americas calendar. Sergio Luis Henao and Darwin Apatuma of the Colombian National Team finished second and third overall. Prior to the stage 4 evening crit in St-Georges, 10 Directeur Sportifs kitted up and ‘raced’ a 3-lap crit in front of an appreciative crowd: see video.
Prior to my trip to Canada, the TD Bank Philadelphia International Championships and Liberty Classic races were held in Philly. The Columbia-High Road teams took home the win in both the men’s and women’s races who both finished in bunch sprints. Continuing with her winning year, German Ina-Yoko Teutenberg took her third Philly victory. Kiwi Jo Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO) was second and American Shelley Olds (Proman) was third. In the men’s race German Andre Greipel won the field sprint win with teammate Greg Henderson following behind in second. American Kirk O’Bee (Bissell Pro Cycling) rounded off the podium. Daniel Holloway, riding for the USA National Team, went on a long and very early breakaway and was off solo for 80 miles before being caught. Holloway along with his teammate Alex Howes shared his (hilarious) thoughts that evening.
Next onto UCI news. Two new ProTour races are scheduled in Quebec, Canada for 2010: the first in Montreal on September 10 and the second in Quebec City on September 12. The organisers of both events have requested four-year licenses which will now go under the usual review procedures. According to Radio Canada, Serge Arsenault is behind the project. Arsenault was the organizer for the Grand Prix des Amériques from 1988 to 1992. Looking at the calendar, the races should be just before the Tour of Missouri, giving more reasons for European teams to make the trip over,
As talked about back in early May, the organizers of the Tour of California have requested a UCI ProTour license for 2011, and the next Tour of California will take place from 16 to 23 May, 2010. Still the question remains: Moving the Tour of California to May on the ProTour, head-to-head with the Giro, is it good or bad?
On the media front – the new cyclingnews look (or the old bikeradar look). After months of talking about, cyclingnews launched its new site, and boy are the forum members up in arm about it. The sore points are: the spoilers, as cn was the lone holdout in not providing spoilers on their main page – will this be a deal breaker for the readers? missing information such as course maps, start lists,… the site was admittedly laucnhed while still in beta. Also, a problem is that the site is pretty much unreadable, at this point, from mobile devices. What do people think of the new cn 2.0?
Rory Sutherland (OUCH-Maxxis) still leads the USA Cycling NRC after winning the Nature Valley Grand Prix last week in Minnesota with Tom Zirbel (BISSELL) in second spot in the standings. Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo TestTeam) won the opening and closing stages to secure the overall victory against the ultra-competitive women’s field at Nature Valley and hold her second-place-spot in the women’s NRC rankings. Making an appearance in the top 5 after a strong showing at Nature Valley, Shelley Olds (Proman) moves to third spot in the women’s standings.
After 13 total events, Sutherland and Alison Powers (Team Type I) continue to lead the individual standings. Colavita-Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light took over the lead in the men’s team standings while Team Type I remained in the top spot on the women’s side.
|After 13 races in the men’s calendar completed, the top 5 are:|
|Men’s Individual Standings
||Men’s Team Standings
|After 13 events in the women’s NRC, the top 5 are:|
|Women’s Individual Standings
||Women’s Team Standings