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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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Optum-KBS Takes Control At NVGP

Posted on 13. Jun, 2012 by .

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The Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies team took control on stage 1 at the Nature Valley Grand Prix, winning both the women’s and men’s time trial. Includes video summary.

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Led by Zirbel, Optum Takes Two Podium Spots At Nature Valley Grand Prix TT

Posted on 13. Jun, 2012 by .

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Tom Zirbel wins the St. Paul Time Trial with the only sub-16 minute time of the day at the opening stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Teammate Scott Zwizanski held an early lead, finishing third on the day while John Murphy of Kenda/5hr Energy p/b Geargrinder finished second. With only four seconds separating second […]

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Small Overcomes Theft For Nature Valley Grand Prix Time Trial Victory

Posted on 13. Jun, 2012 by .

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For Carmen Small, winning the St. Paul Riverfront Time Trial on Wednesday morning – the first stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix – almost made up for a particularly aggravating Tuesday afternoon. While Small and her Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies teammates checked out the new course along the Mississippi River bluffs, someone broke […]

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Optum-KBS Heads West to Boise for Exergy Tour

Posted on 23. May, 2012 by .

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Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies sends eight members of the top-ranked women’s squad to Boise for the inaugural Exergy Tour. The five-day stage race is the only UCI 2.1 women’s race in North America this year and will see America’s top ranked Optum p/b KBS women’s team compete against a world-class field […]

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The Riders Make The Race At AToC

Posted on 22. May, 2012 by .

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Let’s face it, it became déjà vu all over again fairly quickly at the Amgen Tour of Califonia with Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) winning the first four stages in similar fashion. In all four stages, he took the sprint out of a diminished field after the early break had been reeled back in. Heck he would […]

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Kristin Armstrong Easily Defends Women’s Time Trial Invitational

Posted on 17. May, 2012 by .

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Defending Champion, Kristin Armstrong (Exergy TWENTY12), dominated the Bakersfield time trial course finishing in under 40 minutes. She easily won the Second Annual Amgen Tour of California Women’s Time Trial Invitational. The women’s field raced the same course as the men’s Stage 5 time trial, 29.7 km with an 8% climb at the end on […]

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Creed – the water carrier

Posted on 17. May, 2012 by .

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On stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California, Alex Candelario (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) finished a very close fourth in a bunch sprint behind three very fast men, all on ProTeams. But before tangling at the front for the win, the sprinter had to make his way over three climbs as the pack […]

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Salas Takes Over KOM Jersey After Stage 3

Posted on 16. May, 2012 by .

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In what has turned out to be a Canadian battle at the Amgen Tour of California, Sebastian Salas (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) made his way into the early break on stage 3 to garner points to take over the KOM jersey from David Boily (Spidertech p/b C10). The same teams but different riders, also […]

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Catching Up At The Start of AToC Stage 1

Posted on 13. May, 2012 by .

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We caught up with a few riders to get their thoughts at the start of stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California in Santa Rosa, California.

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