Rally Cycling dominated the North Star Grand Prix, holding onto the leader’s yellow jersey from start to finish, taking three stage wins, four podiums and sweeping the final general classification podium with Evan Huffman, Brad Huff and Tom Zirbel. Sprinter Erica Allar surprised many by winning the Queen of the Hill. Brad Huff’s victory on the final stage, the grueling Stillwater Criterium, put an exclamation point on the week. Huffman’s victory is the sixth consecutive North Star Grand Prix title for the team.
“The final stage was hard, but it went as planned,” said Huffman, who had taken the race lead less than 24 hours prior. “We used Danny, Brad and Tom to roll attacks back each lap when the course leveled off at the top of the climb. In the second half of the race, the guys in the top ten started attacking and I had to follow two moves which was really hard. Tom led Brad out into the final climb and Brad went really fast up the hill to win the stage.”
The result continued Huffman’s phenomenal first season with Rally Cycling, and was one of his biggest wins to date.
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Congratulations to Wiggle High5 Pro Jolien D’hoore for her 3rd straight win in the Flanders Diamond Tour!
Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Jolien D’hoore proved once again that she is the Belgian rider to beat on the road, despite spending most of the season so far training on the track, with a third successive victory in the Flanders Diamond Tour in the centre of the city of Antwerp. The Belgian National Champion outsprinted the pack at the end of a flat, but attacking race around the Antwerp region, after a near-perfect lead out from black and orange teammates Amy Pieters and Chloe Hosking.
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Lotto Soudal continues their build up to the 2016 Tour de France! Following last week's win by André Greipel at the first stage of the Tour de Luxembourg, Tony Gallopin was active in the final kilometers of the Dauphiné Stage 2 finishing in second place!
I have mixed feelings. I am disappointed because we were ahead with three and were close to winning. I was keeping an eye on Serge Pauwels, who seemed to be the strongest. I thought it was possible to win, but in the end Herrada did an impressive acceleration. First, he closed the gap on us and then he sprinted to the finish. There was nothing to do about it. I got second about twenty metres behind him. It’s a pity that I couldn’t win, this is the second consecutive second place for our team. It does prove that I am in good shape. In the finale I was doubting if I should wait for the sprint or attack. I made the right choice. When I attacked Kwiatkowski had already taken off, so Sky wouldn’t chase. I did all I could to win this stage, but my attempt wasn’t successful.
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Tom Stewart was denied victory in Durham in the cruellest fashion, as with just one and a half laps remaining, a mechanical ended his hopes of a first individual Tour Series win for the team this year.
Stewart was caught while holding a 25-second lead, with just moments of the race remaining.
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On an unforgiving course, Stewart’s talents were to the fore all evening at the sixth round of the series. Making the breakaway, he was a constant presence in a group that changed personnel throughout the hour-long contest.
As riders attacked each other Stewart made his move alongside Chris Lawless (JLT Condor), before eventually becoming the solo leader on the road.
Although there was a concerted chase, Stewart managed to remain off the front despite the gap being reduced to as little as four seconds. In scenes reminiscent of Velothon Wales, the gap remained and he entered the final lap with what looked like a race-winning lead.
However, with just one and a half a laps remaining, disaster stuck and a mechanical took Stewart out of contention.
On a night to forget, the team placed fifth overall in Durham, with the gap to JLT Condor growing from three to six points, with four rounds to go.
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!