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Zirbel Finds Redemption At NVGP As Helmig Wins Stillwater Crit

Posted on 18. Jun, 2012 by .

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No breakaway, time bonus or weather condition was going to get in the way of Tom Zirbel and the Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies Team on the way to their overall victory at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Though the weather changed from warm sunshine to rain 13 laps into the 20-lap race, Team Optum’s [...]

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Guarnier Wins Stillwater Criterium, Small Takes Overall

Posted on 18. Jun, 2012 by .

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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 [...]

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Borrajo Wins Stage, Zirbel Back In Yellow At NVGP

Posted on 16. Jun, 2012 by .

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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 [...]

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Fahlin Wins, Small In Control At NVGP

Posted on 16. Jun, 2012 by .

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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 [...]

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Huff Wins NVGP Stage 4

Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 by .

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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 [...]

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Cliff-Ryan Makes It Two At NVGP

Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 by .

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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 [...]

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Severe Weather Cancels NVGP Stage 3

Posted on 14. Jun, 2012 by .

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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 [...]

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Bonus Seconds Are Key At NVGP Stage 2

Posted on 14. Jun, 2012 by .

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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.

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Murphy Takes Over Yellow, Alzate Wins Stage At NVGP

Posted on 13. Jun, 2012 by .

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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 [...]

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Cliff-Ryan Sprints To Win NVGP Stage 2

Posted on 13. Jun, 2012 by .

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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 [...]

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