Cliff-Ryan, Kersten Win At Somerville

The Colavita/Baci presented by Cooking Light continued to dominate the crit scene, this time it was Theresa Cliff-Ryan taking the win in the 20-mile Mildred Kugler Woman’s Open, part of the Tour of Somerville on Monday. It was the second time that Cliff-Ryan has won in Somerville NJ, her first came in 2007. Cliff-Ryan joined…

Marcotte, Vetterlein Win Melon City Crit

The travelling bike circus that is the Memorial Day bike races moved on to Muscatine, IA for a challenging down then up crit. The unique feature of the Melon City Crit is a speed-bump taken at the antapex of the course at approximately 40mph! This allows the riders a little fun before commencing the climb…

Starchyk, Miller Win Snake Alley Criterium

Five cobbled uphill switchbacks on a tough technical course are the key components of the Snake Alley Criterium. This race acts as the centerpiece of the Memorial day weekend of races along the Iowa/Illinois border that bring out the best of Midwestern amateurs with a smattering of Continental Pro’s to mix things up! Most notably…

Final Nature Valley Pro Ride Qualifier This Weekend

This weekend’s Mt. Hamilton Classic Road Race/Memorial Day Criterium in California marks the end of the 2010 Nature Valley Pro Ride qualifiers. The final two riders selected will join the five men and five women who have already qualified. Sunday’s 63.5-mile point-to-point road race begins in San Jose and climbs 4,500 feet to the top…

Rogers Survives Onslaught To Win Amgen Tour of California

They threw everything at him but Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) survived an onslaught of attacks on the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California to win the overall, in what he called the biggest stage race victory of his career.  David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) finished second overall at 9 seconds back and 3-time defending champion Levi…

Big Bear Makes Five For Sagan

Over six hours in the saddle, 135.3 miles (217.7 km) of racing, 7 categorized climbs, more than 12,000 feet of climbing, headwinds, clear blue skies, enthusiastic crowds all could be used to describe stage 6, the Queen Stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Another word could be tough. So tough that 17 riders pulled…

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) wins stage 5

Strong Sagan Sprints To Stage Win

Phil Zajicek (Fly V Australia) called it before the start when he said that Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) was a favorite to take the stage with its tough finishing circuits. Best Young Rider Sagan, all of 20, had been knocking on the door  to finally took the win at the tough stage 5 of the Amgen…

Zabriskie Squeezes Into The Lead in California

David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) took the win in sunny Santa Cruz today in stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California but he almost lost it to Mick Rodgers (HTC-Columbia) when he started celebrating before crossing the line.  Officials had to review the photo finish before the official winner could be called. Defending champion Levi Leipheimer…

Selection is made in the California rain

The rain, throroughly unexpected for California in May, turned the Trinity descent into a slip’n slide in stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California. Leadout man Brett Lancaster (Cervélo TestTeam), left without a man to leadout and no other teammates, took the win in the 109.5 miles (176.2 km) stage from Davis to Santa…

Kiel Reijnen Wants To Make An Impact

With its revamped roster, new attitude and stage race wins under its belt, the Jelly Belly presented by Kenda squad wants to make a splash at the Amgen Tour of California. One such rider is overall winner at the Tour of Thailand, Kiel Reijnen, who wants to show that he can be competitive against the…

On Tap: Sacramento Grand Prix

When no women’s race was announced as part of this year’s Amgen Tour of California, ProjectSport, the people behind San Rafael Twilight Crit and San Francisco Twilight Crit, put together the Sacramento Grand Prix. While the pro men race from Nevada City to Sacramento on stage 1 of the 8-day stage race, fans will be…

BMC Racing Team Ready For Success In California

U.S. national champion George Hincapie and Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff will hunt for stage wins while the BMC Racing Team will look to Hincapie and Swiss Steve Morabito for the overall at the Amgen Tour of California. Race Begins Sunday. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said the eight-day, 1,304-kilometer race suits Hincapie, a…