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Optum Pro Cycling Leads Women’s Prestige Cycling Series
WPCS Staff


The winner of the Team Classification for the 2011 Women’s Prestige Cycling Series, Colavita Forno D’Asolo, transferred en masse to Optum Pro Cycling, which is again at the top of the Series standings following the Series opener at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Surprisingly, almost all of the riders who contributed to this result are new to the team. Optum’s lead can be attributed in large part to a strong finish by Joelie Numainville, who finished third at Redlands, since the Series team scoring gives bonus points for young riders. Specialized – lululemon and Team TIBCO / To the Top, who are in a virtual dead heat for second, trail Optum by over 70 points after only one event.

1 - 437 - Optum Pro Cycling p/b KBS
2 - 363 – Specialized - lululemon
3 - 359 - Team TIBCO / To the Top Cycling
4 - 250 – NOW and Novartis for MS
5 - 178 - Exergy TWENTY12

Megan Guarnier (TIBCO / To the Top) leads the individual classification, with 2009 Series champion Alison Powers in second. Joelie Numainville (Optum Pro Cycling), who rode for TIBCO last year, is in third.

1 - 220 - Megan Guarnier - Team TIBCO / To the Top
2 - 165 - Alison Powers - NOW and Novartis for MS
3 - 132 – Joelie Numainville - Optum Pro Cycling pb KBS
4 - 121 - Amber Neben - Specialized lululemon
5 - 110 - Kathryn Donovan - FCS/Rouse p/b Mr. Restore

Numainville leads the Young Rider (U26) competition, followed by Loren Rowney (Specialized lululemon) and Lindsay Myers (Team TIBCO / To the Top).

1 - 220 - Joelie Numainville - Optum Pro Cycling p/b KBS
2 - 165 - Loren Rowney - Specialized lululemon
3 - 132 - Lindsay Myers - Team Tibco / To the Top
4 - 121 - Kristen LaSasso - Primal / MapMyRide
5 - 110 - Ally Stacher - Specialized lululemon

Numainville also leads the sprint competition, followed by Rowney and Powers.

1 - 220 - Joelie Numainville - Optum Pro Cycling pb KBS
2 - 165 - Loren Rowney - Specialized lululemon
3 - 132 – Alison Powers - NOW and Novartis for MS
4 - 121 - Megan Guarnier - Team Tibco / To the Top
5 - 110 - Kristen LaSasso - Primal / MapMyRide

The Redlands Classic was the first stop on the 2012 edition of the Women's Prestige Cycling Series. The Series will continue at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota (June 13-17) before concluding with the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic (July 17-22) in Oregon.

About the Women's Prestige Cycling Series
The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series, now in its ninth year, is the only national-level competition produced by women for women. Its goal is to promote women’s cycling by giving them a spotlight that they don’t have to share with the men. The Series 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.

 

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