Missoula riders Tamara B, Ivy A, and Josh Nacho Tack will be attending The Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Phoeniz, AZ. The race kicks off Friday with a flat 13 mile TT. Saturday is a circuit race with a little hill each lap and Sunday is the criterium. Josh will be racing against second squads from Ouch, Bissell, and Rock Racing to name a few. The first team squads will be in Cali. If you remember, this is the race Ben Kneller nearly won last year with his killer TT skills. He crashed in the crit and broke his collarbone. The MSU grad will be back at it this year, and is a favorite for the time trial. Tamara was on the podium last year, and steps her game up this year racing in the cat 1/2's. T has been riding well this winter and should have much problem. I'll try to keep tabs on our Montana racers, but check www.cyclingnews.com.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The Tour of California is coming. Versus will have full coverage, or you can go with cycling.tv. What a great week of racing.
Will Floyd Landis be the first rider from a domestic team to win the race? I wouldn't put it past him. If Floyd gets the jersey I worry about his team defending it. I like Tim Johnson and Rory Sutherlund, but I don't know if they can fight off Astana and Columbia. The odds on favorite is Levi Leipheimer. He'll have a super strong team with Armstrong, Horner, and Brajkovic. It's hard for me to envision him loosing.
My pick for the Tour of California is Landis. He is crazy....every photo of him I've seen this year is scary. He's got the fire..
However, my favorite part of the TOC is the showcase of domestic talent. Last year BMC impressed folks riding super aggressively. Look for more of this. Not only from BMC, but also Bissell and Ouch. Look for a top 5 five performance from Zirbel in the Solvang TT. Also, don't surprised if the other Haedo, Sebastian jumps in the winners circle for the first time for us Colavita Sutter Home Team. Last year the squad was bitterly disappointed with their exclusion from the race and looks to prove something to the organizers. I also like Candian Cam Evans to surprise folks with an early lead in the KOM. He's a tough rider, who is rounding into good early season form. Another tough rider is Scott Nydam from BMC, he'll be looking for an early KOM lead as well. I think the usual TOC stars will be there; Hincapie will contest in a rolly stage, Cav will win a stage, Gesink will climb well, and VanVelde will be top 5.
My sleepers for the overall are Micheal Rodgers, Ben Jacque Maynes, and Francisco Mancebo. I think Cancellara will win the TT but that will be it for Saxo Bank.
I wonder who my dad is rooting for.....
Posted by Shaun Radley at 10:06 AM