Women’s Prestige Cycling Series Resumes Today
International Tour de Toona is second stop in North American Series
Women’s Prestige Cycling Series continues today with the International
Tour de Toona.
This is the second in the three-race Series and so is pivotal to
the final outcome of the Series.
The standings at the end of this race will also determine that
teams receive travel grants for the CD&P Bermuda Grand Prix, the brass
ring of the Series.
Armstrong (TEAm Lipton) is the clear favorite to defend the Series
individual leader’s jersey that she won at the Nature Valley Grand Prix.
Armstrong is having a strong Summer, winning two stages and the
overall at June’s Nature Valley GP and the two US National Championships
She’ll be tough to catch if she continues to hold form.
Second place is currently held by Armstrong’s teammate Kori
Seehafer while third is held by last year’s Series Champion, Christine
Thorburn (Webcor – Platinum), who is not racing this week.
Thorburn’s teammate Erinne Wilcock, currently in fourth, would
need some help to challenge Armstrong’s lead, but her strong performance
in winning the Joe Martin Stage Race demonstrates that she’s still a
rider to watch for the overall.
Wilcock may be a bit of a long shot for the overall, she’s in a strong
position to repeat as the Series Best Young Rider.
She secured the lead with an impressive fifth place overall finish
at the Nature Valley GP.
Her most likely competitor will be Katherine Carroll (Victory
Brewing), currently sitting in second place.
Look for Alex Wrubleski to rapidly move up the standings.
The newly crowned Canadian National Champion won the BMC Best Young
Rider competition at Nature Valley, but was not added to Team Biovail’s
Series roster until after that event.
sprinters competition will prove to be interesting, when relative newcomer
(PABW Powered by TIBCO) works to defend the jersey that she won at
Her competition should
come from the TEAm Lipton trio of Kristin Armstrong, Kori Seehafer
and Laura Van Gilder, currently holding second through fourth in this
lead in the team competition is currently held by TEAm Lipton with Webcor
– Platinum close behind (450 vs. 418 points).
However, without Thorburn, Webcor – Platinum will be hard pressed
to challenge Lipton.
However, Webcor - Platinum has two U26 riders, Wilcock and Amber
Rais, while Lipton has none.
The Series team competition offers bonus points to young riders, so
Webcor – Platinum may be competitive if both Wilcock and Rais ride well.
the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series
Women’s Prestige Cycling Series began in 2004 with the goal of
highlighting 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 September.
Visit www.WomenCyclists.com for more information.
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