LUNA Pro Team’s Katerina Nash to Compete in her Fourth Olympics

With her second place finish in May at the UCI World Cup in Bresse, France, Katerina Nash secured an automatic qualification to the 2012 London Olympic Games. She will be representing the Czech Republic in cross country mountain biking. “This is going to be my fourth Olympics,” Nash told podiuminsight. “This selection feels very different.…

Guarnier Wins Stillwater Criterium, Small Takes Overall

While Megan Guarnier crossed the finish line at the top of strength-sapping Chilkoot Hill on Sunday, she desperately locked eyes with her Team TIBCO director, Angela van Smoorenburg, and asked the question that bothered her through the final torturous lap of the Stillwater Criterium. “Am I done?” she said. “Oh yes”, van Smoorenburg said. And…

Borrajo Wins Stage, Zirbel Back In Yellow At NVGP

On his third day chasing the top step of the podium, Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis Sutter Home) finally gets his stage win at the Menomonie Road Race, Stage 6 of the Nature Valley Grand Prix, while the break made it to the line forcing another GC shuffle. Anxious for the win, Borrajo had to resist the…

Fahlin Wins, Small In Control At NVGP

The Menomonie Road Race, the fifth stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix, might as well have been a criterium. After winding more than seventy miles across hilly rural roads in Dunn County, Wis., past dairy farms and corn and soybean fields, the peloton entered downtown Menomonie as tight as could be. The race wasn’t…

Dombrowski Tames il Gavia To Reclaim Pink At Baby Giro

The legendary Gavia – a 17-km (10-mi) climb all the way to 2.621 meters (8,599 ft) with an 8% average with steep pitches of 15%. The Gavia was the final challenge on the Queen Stage of the GiroBio aka the Baby Giro that awaited the field, but first they still had to climb the Passo…

USA Cycling Statement Regarding Olympic Selection

Many expressed surprise in the USA Cycling men’s team selection for the road events for the Olympic Games, with a few names missing. Today, they issued the following statement: USA Cycling has received numerous inquiries regarding the men’s Olympic road team announced yesterday. Prior to the commencement of the Olympic team nomination process, George Hincapie,…

Huff Wins NVGP Stage 4

Coincidence? A few hours after joining the twitterverse, Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) pulled out the win in a chaotic finale at  the  Uptown Minneapolis Criterium, stage 4 of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. “This is all because of Jeremy Powers, I wouldn’t be able to be here without him and forcing me to do it…

Cliff-Ryan Makes It Two At NVGP

Team TIBCO took it to the streets at the Uptown Minneapolis Criterium where they launched attack after attack to try and disrupt Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies’ control of the field. Unfortunately, it was also a battle to avoid the numerous crashes that peppered the 28-lap race including one that forced a short neutralization. In…

USA Cycling Announces 2012 Olympic Team

USA Cycling announced today 21 of its 24 nominees to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, including 10 male and 11 female athletes across the disciplines of road cycling, track cycling, mountain biking and bicycle motocross (BMX). Six of these were automatic nominees and 15 were nominated to the Olympic Team via discretionary selection. All of…

Whitten and Bell Lead Canada’s Track Team at Olympic Games

Cycling Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Olympic Committee, is pleased to announce the seven track cycling nominees to the Canadian Olympic team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, GBR. Canada qualified for an all-time high six events at the 2012 Olympic Games this upcoming summer: men omnium, women omnium, women team pursuit, women…

It’s finally coming together for Matt Cooke

You know that moment of clarity when you know exactly what to do to achieve success? That moment where the angels sing? Matt Cooke of Team Exergy had such a moment yesterday on the Queen Stage at the Tour de Beauce when he climbed his way to victory after attacking the favorites.

Severe Weather Cancels NVGP Stage 3

Minutes after the Nature Valley Grand Prix stage 3 was canceled due to severe weather, the interwebs were abuzz with photos and videos showing why the decision was a good one. Teams driving back to Minneapolis/St-Paul were forced to the side of the road with white out conditions caused by the rain and wind. (See…

The Many Salutes Of Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan, of the Liquigas-Cannondale team, has been winning a lot and by a lot, I mean five stages at the Amgen Tour of California and four, so far, at the Tour de Suisse. The young Slovakian rider is fast, very fast, and also shows off different victory salutes – here are a few examples.…

Bonus Seconds Are Key At NVGP Stage 2

As expected the time bonus seconds were key in the St Paul Criterium, stage 2 of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Carmen Small (Optum-KBS) pads her lead with John Murphy (Kenda/5-Hr Energy) takes over. Video summary.

Murphy Takes Over Yellow, Alzate Wins Stage At NVGP

What threatened to be a straightforward stage ended with a shakeup in the GC at the Nature Valley Grand Prix.  John Murphy (Kenda/5hr Energy p/b Geargrinder) won one intermediate sprint to take over the general classification lead from Tom Zirbel (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) by just one second, the result of winning just…

Cliff-Ryan Sprints To Win NVGP Stage 2

Riders from Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies did the hardest work in Wednesday night’s St. Paul Criterium, the second stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. They chased down Loren Rowney of Specialized-lululemon on a late-race breakout and protected the overall yellow jersey for teammate Carmen Small, winner of Wednesday morning’s time trial. The only…