Midway through the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series, Colavita Forno D’Asolo Pro Cycling Team holds the lead in three of the four categories. And the UCI-registered team will strengthen its roster for the Nature Valley Grand Prix – the next event on the series – by adding world road champion Giorgia Bronzini.
Colavita Forno D’Asolo’s Andrea Dvorak overtook Amber Neben (HTC-HIghroad) for the lead in the Individual standings after the SRAM Tour of the Gila, the second of four events of the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series, the only national bicycle racing series exclusively showcasing the country’s top female cycling talent.
In the Best Sprinter competition, Heather Logan-Sprenger of Colavita/Forno d’Asolo shares the top spot with Christina Smith of Rouse Bicycles. Logan-Sprenger broke the tie by winning the points classification at Gila, April 27-May 1.
On the strength of its victory in the team race at Gila, Colavita Forno D’Asolo also tops the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series team standings. HTC-Highroad is second and Team TIBCO/Top The Top is third.
The sprinter competition may be the most difficult category for the Colavita/Forno d’Asolo team to defend, said directeur sportif Rachel Heal.
“Heather is not a specialist sprinter, but with Giorgia and Theresa Cliff-Ryan taking the start line at the Nature Valley Grand Prix, we will be well represented in that category,” Heal said.
Bronzini headlines an impressive round-up of talent that will participate in the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the top ranked event on USA Cycling’s National Racing Calendar (NRC). The June 15-19 race in East Central Minnesota and Western Wisconsin will be followed on the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series calendar by the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic, July 19-24.
“Obviously we will do our utmost to defend those leads in all categories,” Heal said. “We have tremendous depth in the team this year. Already, we have had seven riders take victories in NRC races and everyone on the team has appeared on the podium. So I am optimistic we can keep the lead in that competition through the whole season.”
Only in the Best Young Rider competition does Colavita Forno D’Asolo not have a rider in the top spot. Denise Ramsden (Team Juvederm-Specialized-Mazda) retains her lead in that classification following a top 15 finish at Gila.
1. Andrea Dvorak, Colavita Forno D’Asolo, 231.
2. Amber Neben, HTC-Highroad, 220.
3. Mara Abbott, SC Velo-Empower Coaching, 212.
4. Erinne Willock, Team TIBCO/To The Top, 165.
5. Evelyn Stevens, HTC-Highroad, 132.
1. Heather Logan-Sprenger, Colavita Forno D’Asolo, 220.
2. Christina Smith, Rouse Bicycles, 220.
2. Robin Farina, Rouse Bicycles, 165.
5. Vzesniauska Modesta, Colavita Forno D’Asolo, 165.
5. Janel Holcomb, Colavita Forno D’Asolo, 143.
Best Young Rider Classification
1. Denise Ramsden, Team Juvederm-Specialized-Mazda, 440.
2. Kasey Clark, Primal-Map My Ride, 264.
3. Rachel Warner, Missing Link Coaching Systems/Specialized, 209.
4. Carlee Taylor, Team TIBCO/To The Top, 198.
5. Tayler Wiles, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12, 176.
Best Team Classification
1. Colavita Forno D’Asolo, 625
1. HTC-Highroad, 504.
2. Team TIBCO/To The Top, 386.
4. Team Juvederm-Specialized-Mazda, 369.
5. Missing Link Coaching Systems/Specialized, 260.
The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series, the only only national-level competition produced by women for women, features four races in its eighth year. Its origin can be traced back to a discussion at the 2003 Women’s Cycling Summit Conference, held at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Since then, more than 30 teams have participated in some of the United States’ top races from coast to coast. The four events on the 2011 schedule are: Redlands Bicycle Classic in California (March 31-April 3), SRAM Tour of the Gila (April 27-May 1), Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota (June 15-19) and the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic (July 19-24) in Oregon.