Evan Huffman crossed the finish line in Sacramento today clad in the polka dot jersey of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California King of the Mountains. The jersey is the accumulation of Huffman’s passion, dedication and determination. It also stands as a testament to the teamwork that is the foundation of Rally Cycling. In addition to the KOM jersey, Rob Britton finished an impressive 11th overall while the women’s team showed its strength and perseverance.
“It is great to win the King of the Mountains jersey,” said Huffman. “It is a special thing to win a classification jersey at a major event like the Amgen Tour of California. Being able to do it in my home state with my friends and family here is amazing. The team was incredible all week. The KOM competition was one of our goals and once I had the jersey the team defended it perfectly. Will (Routley) got in the break on stage four and got most of the KOM points – and then Adam (De Vos) did it again on stage five. In stage seven the other teams made a play for it, but Danny (Pate) made a heroic effort and bridged me up to the break and in a position to defend my jersey. Without my teammates I would not have the jersey.”
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Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Mara Abbott and Emma Johansson will spearhead the black and orange team’s challenge at the Tour of California, the next round of the Women’s WorldTour, which starts in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday. The former US Champion and reigning Swedish Champion have both experienced excellent form in recent weeks, with Abbott winning her sixth edition of the Tour of the Gila, and Johansson climbing to the top of the UCI Ranking.
“I'm really excited to get to have my entire team here racing in the US!” Abbott exclaimed. “I had a great race at Gila, which is one of my favourite events of the year and gives me confidence going into this week.”
Being able to race in her home nation also brings benefits to the American climber, beside familiarity with the roads an culture, however.
“My entire family gets to come see the race, which is really special for me!” Abbott smiled.
Johansson has enjoyed a consistently excellent spring, with results that included second place in the Tour of Flanders and third in the Strade Bianche. Her first victories of the year came in the middle of last month, with a total domination of the Emakumeen Bira, in Spain, and the Swedish champion hopes to carry that form into her first US race of the year.
“It's the first time in California for me and I'm excited about it,” Johansson said. “Something new is always nice. I’m happy to start on altitude as well as that makes temperature more like home,” the Swedish Champion added. “We had around 13-15 degrees [centigrade] today and the views are absolutely amazing. So besides the jetlag, after a very long travel day yesterday, todays ride was nice. For the race its difficult to know what to expect, but for sure the two first days are going to be the most important ones,” she continued. “We finish on top on Thursday and there’s the TTT Friday, think the GC will be decided after that. “For us we are excited and we have a strong and motivated team here.”
Abbott and Johansson will be ably assisted by Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling teammates Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Japanese Champion Mayuko Hagiwara, Olympic Champion Dani King and Amy Pieters, any of whom will be capable of taking their own chances when the opportunity presents itself.
Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling team for the Amgen Tour of California
Mara Abbott (United States), Audrey Cordon-Ragot (France), Mayuko Hagiwara (Japan), Emma Johansson (Sweden), Dani King (Great Britain), Amy Pieters (Netherlands)
Tom Stewart of the Lazer supported Madison Genesis Professional Team took a sensational victory at the prestigious Lincoln GP, attacking from the lead group on the famed Michealgate cobbles.
Stewart came past regular training partner and racing rival Russ Downing on the final corner to claim the win.
"I’ve never beaten him in a sprint in training, ever and I just thought ‘I’m never going to do it. I just got on top of a good gear, a cadence coming out of the last corner and had just that little ounce of ‘I might do it’.”
See the full report online here and watch his interview following the race below. Lazer is proud to partner with Madison Genesis!
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The Rally Pro Cycling Team recently visited the San Diego Wind Tunnel to test out aerodynamic position, the Lazer Wasp Air Helmet and the Lazer Inclination Sensor. Outside Magazine was there. Read their article online here!
The peloton had to cover exactly 200 kilometres in the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia, it was the first stage in Italy. The speed was really high right from the beginning: more than 50 kilometres were covered during the first hour. Four riders were part of the early break, they were caught on the final categorized climb of the day. At about 30 kilometres from the finish, several riders accelerated in the peloton, so a large front group was formed. Tim Wellens was part of it and gave a strong impression. On the final uncategorized climb, Diego Ulissi decided to attack in the front of the race. Tim Wellens and the other escapees were caught. After that, a group of about 25 riders got away from the peloton. They chased Ulissi for a while, but they never managed to bridge the gap, therefore the Italian obtained the victory. Tom Dumoulin finished second in the background and is the new leader on GC.
Tim Wellens: “We knew beforehand that it wouldn’t be a sprint stage so we had to come up with another tactic. We decided that I would position myself in the front of the peloton during the final 50 kilometres. If a few good riders would try to get away, I would join them. At a bit more than 30 kilometres from the finish several strong riders accelerated and I followed. The original front group of about twenty riders was reduced to seven at the beginning of the final climb. I felt really good during the stage, but at 500 metres from the summit I was unable to follow the rest of the front group. That was a pity, especially because the winner of the stage was part of that group. This stage was an opportunity to obtain a nice result, unfortunately it didn’t turn out well. There will be other stages in this Giro where I’ll be able to show myself, but now I’m a bit disappointed with this missed chance.”
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Zack Allison crashed 4km from the finish of the first stage of the Tour of the Gila this week. His Lazer Z1 helmet kept him safe, but his bike was not so lucky. A walk to the finish and missing the time cut to continue the race was something Zack did not want to consider.
And then, help arrived. It wasn’t a team car, or a teammate with a similarly sized Giant bike. Instead, it was a local fan and his old Specialized Stumpjumper mountain bike. “He had ridden to the finish from the bottom, or maybe his house, on his old Stumpy,” Allison said. “I’m not really sure the year, but it had five speeds and a triple. He saw the finish and was making his way back down. I flagged him down, told him my bike is broken, asked if he was open to it, if I could ride his bike to the finish, then bring it back down. He actually said, ‘I would be honored,’ which was a good sign.”
Zack finished the stage and made the time cut. Read the whole story online here.
Bravo Zack, looks like an inspiring ride!
Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling return to UCI Women’s WorldTour action this weekend, in the only Asian event of the series, the Tour of Chongming Island, in China. The team will be led by experienced Australian Chloe Hosking, who has excelled on the island races just across the water from Shanghai ever since her debut in 2009. That first year Hosking won two of the race’s four stages and took the overall title, and has taken several stages and podiums in the years since.
“I think this is my sixth time heading to China,” Hosking said. “It was one of my first international races in 2009. It’s a great race for development and Wiggle High5 is going there with a young team so it will be a good opportunity for our younger girls to have a solid hit out and really try and have a major impact on the race.”
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The Lazer supported Rally Cycling Team swept the USPRO Team Time Trial championship in Greenville, South Carolina, with dominating rides by both the men and women’s teams.
Rally Cycling went into the San Diego Wind Tunnel earlier in the month to test out the Lazer Wasp helmet with Lazer Inclination Sensor. The Lazer Inclination Sensor is a body posture monitor that allows you to track your aerodynamic cycling posture in real time. The monitor tracks your head and helmet position and provides you with tactile or acoustic feedback when you are out of your optimal aerodynamic position.
Rally Cycling's two National Championships prove the Inclination Sensor can be a valuable tool to help improve aerodynamic performance!
Lazer Wasp with Inclination Sensor: Proven Technology - Proven Fast!
We decided before the race that we wanted to ride aggressively. Pim Ligthart and Tosh Van der Sande did a great job, Tosh eventually was in an escape. After that he did some useful work for myself and the other riders in the group of favourites. I knew I had to wait long enough to attack because there was a strong headwind in the finale. Nevertheless I decided to attack on the Bemelenberg but due to the strong wind and the fact I was alone, it was almost impossible to remain ahead. It was a pity that other riders from other teams didn’t join me. If we managed to get away with a few riders, perhaps we could obtain a nice gap.
At the beginning of the Cauberg I was twelve seconds ahead but I needed about 30 seconds to remain in front. When the peloton accelerates you know it will be difficult. Eventually I was able to stay in the first chasing group, in that way I obtained a top ten place. In general I’m happy about my race today, I had a really good feeling. I tried to win the race by taking initiative but unfortunately that didn’t work out. I feel better compared to last year though, then I was unable to follow the better riders on the Cauberg. The way I raced today and the good feeling in my legs are two very positive things with the coming races in mind.
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