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by Shane Stokes
August 18, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Gautier wins stage three of the Tour du Limousin; Former Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez fails anti-doping test; Sánchez: ‘I’m about to retire. Why would I do this?’; Quintana dismisses suggestions he could leave Movistar; Woods leads Cannondale-Drapac in Vuelta a España; Team Sky announces signings of Jonathan Castroviejo and David de la Cruz; Australian sprinter Perkins granted Russian citizenship by Putin; Winder, Mannion lead USA Cycling Pro Road Tour; Alberto Contador Foundation and Trek-Segafredo to set up Continental development team; Video: Cycling Motivation – Never Give Up; Video: Ferda Girls (Humble Parody)
The USA Cycling Pro Road Tour (PRT) completed a four-state slate of racing in the western U.S. to see a shakeup in the men’s individual standings, with Gavin Mannion (UnitedHealthcare) moving past TJ Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel). The women’s individual standings saw minor changes in the top five, with Ruth Winder (UnitedHealthcare) continuing her dominance. In the team standings, Rally Cycling and UnitedHealthcare gained points to take the top positions.
After a break for the national road championships, the summer events for PRT headed to the west coast. The popular Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho, was held on July 15 for men and women. This was followed by three stage races, the five-day Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon; the seven-day Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah across 10 host venues in Utah, and the inaugural Colorado Classic, held at multiple venues for women (two days) and for men
Through the conclusion of the Tour of Utah, held July 31-August 6, Mannion, 24, jumped into the lead of the men’s individual standings, ahead of Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel). Since late June, Mannion doubled his points total with two second-place GC finishes at the Cascade Cycling Classic and the Tour of Utah. “I’m happy with the second half of my season,” he said. “Utah was a really big goal for me and Cascade was perfect timing for me to test my form.. It’s always nice to win, but I’m pleased with second at both. Utah was more suited to me with harder climbing and an uphill TT, but also had more depth in the field. Second overall at Tour of Utah is my best career result, so I’m very pleased with that.”
On the women’s side, Winder has a dominant 364-point lead in the women’s individual standings, capping the summer with a fourth place overall at the Colorado Classic. Her closest competitors are UHC teammate, Katherine Hall, in second place, and Taylor Wiles, in third position. Making the biggest move for the women was Sara Poidevin of Rally Cycling. She moved more than 10 spots in the PRT standings to seventh position with the overall win at the Colorado Classic and a second place overall at the Cascade Cycling Classic.
Three events remain for men and women before the conclusion of this year’s PRT calendar. The Rochester Twilight Criterium takes place August 19 in New York. Labor Day weekend, September 1-4, will feature the TSG Realty Gateway Cup in St. Louis, Missouri. The calendar concludes September 10 for both men and women at the Thompson Criterium of Doylestown in Pennsylvania.