Bronzini Wins Again; Neben Takes Overall At NVGP

Although known as a sprinter, Giorgia Bronzini (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) has no problems with short steep climbs as she showed in Geelong when she won the World Championship which ended in a climb. Bronzini waited patiently in the lead group, reduced to 12 riders by the tough tempo set by the HTC-Highoad squad and then launched…

Neben Takes Race Lead as Kirchmann Wins Stage

Tough Menomonie stage lived up to its billing. At the end of the 81-mile road race, the yellow jersey had changed shoulders, from Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12) to Amber Neben (HTC-HighRoad). Decisive climbs all day. After lots of attacks, seven riders escaped on the first QOH, only 13 miles into the stage.…

Make That Four For UHC At NVGP

Another stage, another win for UnitedHealthcare at Nature Valley Grand Prix. But tonight at the Uptown Minneapolis Criterium, they had to work very hard to keep it under control. Stage 4, 40 laps around a 6-corner, flat course started off fast and aggressive and it stayed that way until the end. Nick Frey (Jamis/Sutter Home)…

Three-For-Three For UHC At NVGP

Can anyone stop the UnitedHealthcare juggernaut at Nature Valley Grand Prix? Stage 3, the 66.5-mile (107-km) Cannon Falls Road Race was fast from the beginning with attacks flying. Race radio was constantly putting out ‘5 riders with slight advantage’ but everything was quickly brought back. Robert Forster made it 3-3 for the UHC team.

Bronzini Makes It Two At NVGP

The racing was fast in the first road race, stage 3, at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. With rolling terrain, it was time to test the mettle of the yellow jersey Kristin Armstrong and her Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12 on the 66.5-mile Cannon Falls Road Race. More photos in the gallery Attacks flew constantly…

UHC Sweep St Paul Crit

UnitedHealthcare really had a perfect race in stage 2 of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The controlled the Downtown St Paul Criterium from start to finish, and topped it off by not only a win but a sweep of the podium. The earlier rain had stopped by the time the men lined up at the start…

Rainbow Shines In Wet St Paul

After a raining morning for the opening St Paul Riverfront Time Trial, the sun came out and everyone was hoping for a dry stage 2 at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. But once again mother nature decided to make hard racing even harder when a storm hit before the start of the Downtown St Paul…

UHC Go 1-2 At Nature Valley TT

The UnitedHealthcare team definitely takes well to the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Last rider to start, defending champion Rory Sutherland was the fastest with a time of 13:08. His teammate Adrian Hegyvary, only the fourteenth rider to start, took second with a time of 13:13. Tom Zirbel (Jamis/Sutter Home) is third with 13:16. Stay tuned…

Armstrong Fastest At Nature Valley TT

Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12) didn’t let the rain bother her as she tackled the 6-mile St Paul Riverfront timetrial on Wednesday morning. Looking over her glasses, she focused on the road ahead, on the final .7-mile kicker to the finish line and clocked the fastest time of 14:30. The current US National…

On Tap: Nature Valley Grand Prix

The Nature Valley Grand Prix starts today in Minnesota, with 6 stages in 5 days which include a mix of urban criteriums, road races with finishing circuits and a time trial. The same stages as last year. Weather has played a major role in the past for the race, including last year when stage 2, the…