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…

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…

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.…

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…