Hill Wears Yellow Jersey as Rothe Wins Lowertown St. Paul Criterium

By Cynthia Lou. Ben Hill (Donkey Label Racing) claimed the yellow jersey by winning the first time bonus sprint, shaving five seconds off his overall time to put him one-second faster than Tom Zirbel (Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies). Stefan Rothe (Elbowz Racing) struck out in breakaway with Bryan Stevens (Champion System-Stan's NoTubes) and Andrew Dalheim (Canyon Bicycles - Shimano) … [Read more...]

Small Win At Cannon Falls Road Race

Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon) and her teammates put in a smart race on the long and wind-swept Cannon Falls course, letting the teams with greater numbers of riders battle it out for breakaways and hitting hard when it counted. Her decisive kick up the finishing hill to the finish line from five riders back gave her the stage win and with it a 12 second time bonus which was enough put her … [Read more...]

Cliff-Ryan Takes Stage 2 Sprint Victory At Nature Valley Grand Prix

Minneapolis, MN, June 13 - 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 thing … [Read more...]

Small Overcomes Theft For Nature Valley Grand Prix Time Trial Victory

Minneapolis, MN, June 13 - 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 into their team car and … [Read more...]