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by Neal Rogers
October 18, 2016
In your Tuesday edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van der Poel victorious at Hansgrohe Superprestige Zonhoven; 2017 UCI America Tour calendar includes new races in Colorado, Virginia, Idaho; Sam Bennett a victim of extreme heat at Qatar world championships; Strickland, Stumhofer win inaugural Red Bull Last Stand fixed-gear eliminator criterium at Alamo Plaza; David Millar pens opinion piece in New York Times addressing ‘TUE culture’ in pro cycling; Louis Vuitton luxury goods conglomerate poised to buy Pinarello; Hagens Berman-Supermint bolsters 2017 roster with Aussie Peta Mullens, American Jessica Cerra; Seven-time masters world champion Steve Tilford hospitalized with skull fracture; Video: Brandon Semenuk’s flawless winning run at Red Bull Rampage.
Colin Strickland dominated a stacked field at the inaugural Red Bull Last Stand,, an eliminator-style fixed-gear criterium, nearly lapping the next fastest racer at Alamo Plaza in front of 15,000 fans. The Austin-based Strickland bested the major competition, including Addison Zawada, Daniel Holloway, and Travis McCabe, in what may be the biggest and most impressive win of his career. The event, held in San Antonio, Texas, sees the slowest rider of each 820-metre lap pulled from competition until one winner emerges. Men’s and women’s races were held, in fixed-gear and geared categories.
Gretchen Stumhofer, from San Diego, California, as the last woman standing in the women’s fixed-gear event after finishing in 11th in qualifying, earlier in the day.
In the men’s fixed-gear race Strickland finished first overall in qualifying and led the entire finals. “It was awesome to win here,” he said. “I’m a huge fan of San Antonio, it’s such a beautiful city. It was refreshing to ride in a different city with so much history and architecture, and having this many people come out to support was incredible.”
Pennsylvania’s Colleen Gulick took the lead midway through the women’s geared race, holding on to take home the win after finishing second overall in the fixed-gear race earlier in the day. Stumhofer added another podium finish, finishing third.
The finale for the evening was the men’s geared event, which saw German-born Austin resident Stefan Rothe take the win in the biggest surprise of the day, beating road pros McCabe (Holowesko-Citadel) and Holloway (Intelligentsia). Rothe said he knew he’d won after building a 20-second gap with 15 laps to go.