Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 19, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: US crowns Huff, Tamayo pro criterium champions; Five talking points from the 2016 Amstel Gold Race; How the Race Was Won: 2016 Amstel Gold Race; Preview: 7 things to know about the Flèche Wallonne Femmes; Is Taylor Phinney’s Roubaix dream still a realistic one?; Hidden motors: Nibali, Bugno call for draconian bans, CPA threatens legal action against those caught; CPA weighs in on disc brake use; Puerto scandal’s Fuentes appears in leaked Panama Papers; Six tips for wearing a cycling cap properly; 66th annual Little 500 “Breaking Away” race; The story of the Hell of the North with Cannondale Pro Cycling; “Beat the clock” with Axel Merckx; 1985 Tour de France Repairs on the Run; Michele Scarponi finds a unique training partner

US crowns Huff, Tamayo pro criterium champions

by Mark Zalewski

While criterium racing may not be officially recognised by the UCI, in America it is the most popular form of road racing, so winning the stars and stripes jersey to wear at the numerous professional criteriums throughout the year is a big deal for the domestic-based teams. This weekend in Greenville, South Carolina, Brad Huff (Rally Cycling) and Lauren Tamayo (UnitedHealthcare) took those honors.

Tamayo, a silver medalist on the track at the 2012 Olympics, went clear of the field with Elle Anderson (Rally Cycling) and Sara Tussey (Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling) inside the final laps. She then got the jump through a turn on the final lap to break up a potential three-up sprint, taking the win.

In the men’s race, it was UnitedHealthcare setting up the finish for a field sprint with Brad Huff spoiling the plans ahead of John Murphy and Luke Keough.

“Going into the last lap UnitedHealthcare had control, and with two corners to go they still had four or five guys up front,” said Huff. “One of them let a gap open and I was able to jump around him and get on the wheel of their two fastest sprinters – Luke Keough and John Murphy. I was on Murphy’s wheel and then it was just a matter of who carried their speed the best through the last corner. I took the corner well, had some snap in my legs and was able to seal the deal.”

Huff won an amateur criterium national championship in 2005 which helped him rise to the pro ranks.

Earlier on the weekend Huff’s Rally team won both the men’s and women’s Team Time Trial championship.

Click through to read more at USA Cycling.

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Today’s feature image shows the pain of the Amstel Gold Race on Tim Wellens’ face.