Prestige Women's Series 2005
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Prestige Cycling Series Continues in Altoona
Tour de’ Toona is final selection before Bermuda Grand Prix
Women’s Prestige Cycling Series will continue with the International
Tour de ‘Toona, which starts on Monday, July 25.
This is the second season for this women-only series, which has
already visited the Redland Bicycle Classic and the Nature Valley Grand
Prix. Following the Tour
de’ Toona, the top ten teams will receive generous travel grants to
participate in the Series finale at the CD&P Bermuda Grand Prix.
Thorburn (Webcor Builders) holds a commanding lead over Tina Pic (Quark)
in the individual classification (440 vs 264 points), having won the
overall titles at both Redlands and Nature Valley.
Thorburn will be difficult to dislodge from the Series lead if she
shows the same form that she had at these other events. In contrast, Pic is in a virtual three-way tie for second
with teammate Annette Buetler (Quark) and T-Mobile’s Kim Baldwin (264,
264 & 253 points), leaving the second step of the podium still up for
situation is similar in the Series’ Best Young Rider competition:
Thorburn’s teammate Erinne Willock has a firm grip on the leader’s
position with 440 points, while Audrey Lemieux (Quark), Stefanie Graeter (Webcor
Builders) and Alisha Lion (Ford-Basis) are in a virtual dead heat for
second (231, 231 and 209 pts).
a striking contrast with the overall and young rider classifications, no
rider has laid claim to the Series sprint title.
Although Ina Teutenberg (T-Mobile) took the early lead at Redlands,
her lead slipped when Laura Van Gilder (Quark) won the Freewheel Bikes
Sprint competition at the Nature Valley GP.
Teutenberg holds a slim, eleven point margin over Van Gilder (341
vs. 330), with Van Gilder’s teammate Tina Pic still within striking
distance (257 pts).
top three spots seem all but final in the Series team competition, with
Webcor holding the lead over Quark and T-Mobile (942 vs. 722 & 542).
However, other positions remain in play, with the top ten teams
receiving generous travel grants to attend the CD& P Bermuda Grand
About the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series
goal of the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series is to highlight women’s
racing by giving them a spotlight that they don’t have to share with the
men. The Series grew out of meetings that began in Minnesota in 2003 at
the first Yoplait Women’s Cycling Summit Conference hosted at the Nature
Valley Grand Prix. The Summits, now sponsored by Yoplait Nouriche, take
place twice a year: at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June and at the
Interbike trade show in October.
Visit www.WomenCyclists.com for more information.
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