The Orange & Black spent the second weekend of September transitioning into fall on multiple fronts. The men scored a podium in the final race of their road season in Pennsylvania, while cyclocross began anew with a doubleheader at Interbike’s Cross Vegas and Colorado’s Boulder Cup. The bulk of the Optum p/b KBS women arrived in Spain to begin final preparations for the World Championships later this month, where the 2014 women’s road season concludes in full.
Anthony Captures Podium at Stormy Thompson Buck County Classic
Jesse Anthony claimed third at the third annual Thompson Bucks County Classic road race in New Hope, Pennsylvania this Saturday, where harsh weather conditions dogged the peloton on the revamped 100-mile course. Rain, wind, and relentless rolling hills shattered the peloton, with Anthony fighting to the final podium spot, :53 behind winner and former teammate Zach Bell (Team SmartStop). Teammates Tom Soladay and Scott Zwizanski finished 7th and 14th. respectively, while the vast majority of the race’s starters unable to finish on the stormy course.
“The conditions were not ideal on Saturday but the guys were able to come together and make the best of it,” said Performance Director Jonas Carney. “The new course and the weather turned this into an extremely difficult road race, and hard one-day races like this are one of Jesse’s specialities. His teammates worked hard for him today and it’s nice to close out the US racing circuit with a podium.”
The UCI 1.2 ranked event marks the end of the UCI America Tour and USA Cycling’s National Racing Calendar, and was bookended Sunday night by a non-UCI ranked criterium in downtown New Hope, where Anthony finished 5th.
Anderson Earns Top Canadian Rider against WorldTour in Quebec
Ryan Anderson, riding for the Canadian national team, won the Top Canadian Rider prize at the WorldTour ranked Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec. Anderson fought into an elite final selection of 30, featuring some of the world’s top threats for a World Championship title later this month in Spain. Unforuntately, the Vancouver-based sprinter was caught behind a crash on the last lap, losing positioning for the final sprint and a shot at the podium. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) won the sprint, with Anderson thankfully dodging the worst of the crash to finish seven seconds behind the initial surge to the finish line.
Top Ten for Crystal Anthony at Boulder Cup
Crystal Anthony kept the cross season rolling this weekend finishing sixth at Boulder Cup in Boulder, Colorado. The Technical Valmont course saw aggressive riding out of the gate with an early attack from Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) who held the lead for a full lap. Race winner and National Champion Katie Compton crossed the line for the win for the second consecutive year. Look for Both Crystal Anthony and Kerry Werner at Optum’s cross race at the Trek CXC Cup in Waterloo, WI.