Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 21, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Sagan returns to top of UCI rankings; Boels Dolmans continues women’s WorldTour dominance; Dimension Data ‘blown away’ by support for Keagan Girdlestone; Professional Cyclist Association to present revised security plan; Miguel Angel Lopez extends with Astana; Huffman, Walle wrap-up North Star Grand Prix wins; Giant USA lays off employees; AG2R-La Mondiale announces Tour de France team; Mike Woods returns after crash, focuses on Olympics; Copenhagen bidding for Tour de France start; On-bike at Tour de Suisse, stage 9; Behind the scenes at the Tour de Suisse; Race starter gets a little too close to Peter Sagan

Huffman, Walle wrap-up North Star Grand Prix wins

by CyclingTips

A long-standing part for the US racing calendar is the North Star Grand Prix in Minnesota, a stop on the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour. Evan Huffman (Rally) and Brianna Walle (Tibco–Silicon Valley Bank) took overall wins after Sunday’s Stillwater Criterium.

Huffman was helped to the win by teammate and US criterium champion Brad Huff who took the win in Stillwater, which features an 18% climb to the finish line over 23 laps.

“I was getting dropped every lap,” said Huff. “I would go through this rotation where I would get dropped, and by the top of the hill I would make my way back up into the group behind Danny [Pate]. [Evan] is so strong he can almost defend yellow by himself. We’re really lucky to have those guys on our team.”

Walle took the leader’s jersey on the first stage and defended it until the end.

“For me, this race is sentimental,” Walle said. “Four years ago, I won Best Amateur through the Pro Chase program and now I’m in yellow. It’s pretty cool. This is the biggest win of my career. Last time I was in yellow was with the US National team in the Czech Republic, so this is a big deal.”