Monday, June 18, 2012

Nature Valley Grand Prix - GC

Elite Men Final General Classification
1Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies7:32:16
2Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:00:17
3Andres Diaz (Col) Team Exergy0:00:18

Nature Valley Grand Prix – Stage 6 Stillwater Criterium by Team Exergy

The sixth and final stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix was short and sweet…just 20 laps of a 1.4-mile circuit. Well, maybe not so sweet because each lap featured a 22%-grade climb to really get the heart pumping and the legs burning.

Exergy's Andres Diaz started tonight’s Stillwater Criterium in third place overall, just 18 seconds behind Optum Pro Health’s Tom Zirbel. Diaz had moved up from ninth after yesterday’s Menomonie Road Race.

Carlos Alzate entered tonight’s crit in the Blue Exergy Sprinter’s Jersey and in need of just a few more points to secure it. Locking in that blue jersey took no time at all--Carlos’ first-place sprint on the very first lap meant he would end the race on top in the points’ category.

Optum rode the rest of the race at the front of the pack in a successful effort to keep Zirbel in the yellow jersey. Their defense of the lead meant that there was no change in the General Classification after tonight’s race. Zirbel ended the Nature Valley Grand Prix in first overall, followed by Bissell’s Ben Jacques-Maynes in second and Andres in third.

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