the week that was

With his overall victory at the Tour of Missouri last weekend, Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) won the 14-event USA Cycling Professional Tour with a total of 272 points over runner up and defending champion Levi Leipheimer (Astana), who finished the season with 244. Canadian Dominique Rollin (Toyota-United Pro) finished in the third spot with 144…

Pic, Sutherland claim 2008 NRC titles

Australian Rory Sutherland of the Health Net Pro Cycling Team presented by Maxxis and Tina Pic of the Colavita/Sutter Home Women’s Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light are  the overall individual 2008 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) champions. For Sutherland, it was his second consecutive title after finishing the 2007 season atop the standings.…

How hard was it?

In the end, all the riders agreed that the 2008 Tour of Missouri was a hard race. “I think that everyone’s overall impression was that it was hard, a lot more than we expected.” said overall winner Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) about the Tour of Missouri. While no major climbs in the stages, there was…

Cavendish makes it three at the Tour of Missouri

Mark Cavendish (Columbia) does it again in Missouri. The Manx man won his third stage, the fourth for his Columbia team by winning the bunch sprint at the end of’ the 97-mile (156 k) stage 6 in St Charles, Missouri. Toyota-United’s Ivan Dominguez was second and Missouri native Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) was third. “When…

Most Aggressive rider David Veilleux

The three-time U23 Canadian Time Trial champion and two-time U23 Canadian Road Champion 20-year old David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit/Medifast) was named Most Aggressive Rider after stage 5 at the Tour of Missouri. Not a surprise for those that follow Canadian Cycling. Earlier this year, he also won the U25 Tour of Pennsylvania race. He also…

Catching up with BMC riders

I caught up with the BMC team at the start of the 2008 Tour of Missouri stage 5, in St James where the riders were getting ready for another aggressive stage in high humidity. Mike Sayers announced his retirement earlier this year, and is racing his last big race at the Tour of Missouri. Going…

Boy oh Boy

Rabobank’s Boy van Poppel won the bunch sprint to the line in Missouri’s state capital Jefferson City after the break was reeled in the final circuits. His teammate Michael van Stayen was second and Keven Lacombe (Kelly Benefit/Medifast) barely edged out Mark Cavendish (Columbia) for third. “There were maybe five in front of me and…