In front of an estimated 30,000 noisy fans, Astana’s Lance Armstrong riding in a LiveStrong kit won his first race since coming back from retirement, the Nevada City Classic in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California last Sunday.
But before the men started their race, Proman’s Shelley Olds took a solo flyer early in the race in a counter-move once her teammate’s Helene Drumm‘s attack was caught and she was off. In a show of power, the pocket rocket held off the chasing duo of Brooke Miller (TIBCO) and Katerina Nash (Luna) to take the win for the second time on the 1.1-mile circuit with over 100 feet of climbing per lap.
The men’s race was also a show of power from Armstrong, his Astana teammate Levi Leipheimer and Ben Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL). The trio went off early in the race and set a high tempo, continuously growing the gap and eventually lapping the field, even lapping some of the riders in the shattered peloton twice.
Once the trio caught up with the lead chase group that included Astana’s Chris Horner, it was game on to try and drop Jacques-Maynes- as per Horner’s blog.
With 6 laps to go, Armstrong attacked on the climb and was off solo. Runner up Jacques-Maynes set off to chase with Leipheimer on his wheel, and lap after lap, Armstrong was in front and crossed the finish line solo.
Watch the men’s race video (3 hours) on NCTV 11