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Colavita Forno D'Asolo Wins Women's Prestige Cycling Series
WPCS Staff

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Colavita Forno D'Asolo presented by Cooking Light walked away with the team title in the final standings of the Women's Prestige Cycling Series followng the last Series race, the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic. The squad also claimed the sprinter's jersey for Leah Kirchmann, whose standing got a big boost when she won the Wheaties FUEL Sprint jersey at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June.

In the team competition, Colavita Forno D'Asolo bested Team TIBCO/To The Top by almost 500 points, even though Women's Prestige Cycling Series individual champion Erinne Willock rides for TIBCO. Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 finished third.

"Colavita Forno d'Asolo prides itself on teamwork and it's fantastic to be able to add the Women's Prestige Cycling Series to the list of team GC wins this year," Colavita Forno D'Asolo Director Rachel Heal said. "Leah Kirchmann is definitely proving to be one of the rising stars of Canadian cycling and winning the sprints competition is a great testament to her sprinting ability."

Willock won the series individual crown despite missing the SRAM Tour of the Gila, one of the four races in the national-level cycling competition solely produced for women, by women. But recovery from a broken scapula, suffered while racing in Europe, didn't stop her from coming back strong. She finished second overall at the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the penultimate event of the series, and secured the title with fourth place at the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic last weekend.

“We’ve been able to rely on Erinne at every race she’s contested this year,” said Team TIBCO Directeur Sportif/Manager Lisa Hunt. “She has always been a consistently strong performer and it’s nice to see her rewarded for her efforts with this title.”

With her victory overall at the Cascade Cycling Classic, Colavita Forno D'Asolo's Janel Holcomb finished second to Willock in the individual standings. Former Olympic and world time trial champion Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) was third.

In the best young rider standings, Kasey Clark (Primal-Map My Ride) edged Rachel Warner (Missing Link Coaching Systems/Specialized) and Rushlee Buchanan (Colavita Forno d'Asolo).

The eighth season of the Women's Prestige Cycling Series began with the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California (March 30-April 3), continued at the SRAM Tour of the Gila in New Mexico (April 27-May 1) and closed with the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota (June 15-19) and Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic (July 19-24) in Oregon.

INDIVIDUAL CLASSIFICATION
1. Erinne Willock, Team TIBCO/To The Top, 451.
2. Janel Holcomb, Colavita Forno D'Asolo, 352.
3. Kristin Armstrong, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12, 319.
4. Andrea Dvorak, Colavita Forno D'Asolo, 263.
5. Kristin McGrath, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12, 177.

SPRINT CLASSIFICATION
1. Leah Kirchmann, Colavita Forno D'Asolo, 275.
2. Janel Holcomb, Colavita Forno D'Asolo, 264.
3. Heather Logan-Sprenger, Colavita Forno D'Asolo, 261.
4. Carmen Small, Team TIBCO/To The Top, 187.
5. Joelle Numainville, Team TIBCO/To The Top, 187.

BEST YOUNG RIDER CLASSIFICATION
1. Kasey Clark, Primal-Map My Ride, 385.
2. Rachel Warner, Missing Link Coaching Systems/Specialized, 366.
3. Rushlee Buchanan, Colavita Forno d'Asolo, 341.
4. Leah Kirchmann, Colavita Forno D'Asolo, 264.
5. Joelle Numainville, Team TIBCO/To The Top, 231.

BEST TEAM CLASSIFICATION
1. Colavita Forno D'Asolo, 1,336.
2. Team TIBCO/To The Top, 865.
3. Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12, 596.
4. Missing Link Coaching Systems/Specialized, 395.
5. Primal-Map My Ride, 295.

About the Women's Prestige Cycling Series
The only national-level competition produced by women, for women, features four races in its eighth year. Its origin can be traced back to a discussion at the 2003 Women's Cycling Summit Conference, held at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Since then, more than 30 teams have participated in some of the United States' top races from coast to coast. The four events on the 2011 schedule are: Redlands Bicycle Classic in California (March 31-April 3), SRAM Tour of the Gila (April 27-May 1), Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota (June 15-19) and the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic (July 19-24) in Oregon.

 

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