nice race by the kid. hes been killing it all year and ending up 2nd and 3rd...
this one came right for him.
1st place gc- a sweet win for jess and the team.
he is a really talented road rider... gets missed cause of the long time cross connection
The women's world champ won 3 of 5 stages in one of the most important domestic races. Is that sandbagging too? (She was spotted in town last weekend. Would've thought her a poser in WC kit if not for the lack of a helmet.)
By no means did I mean to send this one off track from the original post giving props to J Anthony. He had a great week, rode very wisely on Sat, and deserves the top step. At this time last year, Zwizanski--UHC's main competition at NVGP--was already in negotiations with his current team. Hopefully the same "upgrade" holds for Jesse.
As for all the sandbagging talk, here's my take: Last year, NVGP was very negative between UHC and, primarily, KBS. Keep in mind this was a big event for UHC in their 1st year with a Fortune 500 sponsor. The St Paul crit was a significant VIP event with a tent, catering, etc--think Skybox entertainment. After the race, while the VIPs were reveling in the UHC win, some KBS boys thought it applicable to cuss some UHC boys in the presence of said audience. It all seemed to go downhill from there. (Somewhat unrelated, UHC--the company--was displeased with the way UHC--the cycling team--managed the VIP functions and requested the dismissal of the PR guy.)
I think UHC lobbied USAC to lobby UCI to grant permission to race NVGP so they could redeem themselves in the eyes of the corporate deciders. I think all parties--including the NVGP promoters who granted UHC entry--were in favor because UHC--the company--has become involved in both team and race sponsorship ( and they have a shitload of money). Once entry was granted, UHC sent a solid team with winning aspirations. This is a contract year, and if they don't have the same cashflow next year, they're dead.
My previous point was that the whole stage race turned into a win-win situation. I wasn't there this year, but I suspect one of those crits had a big-ass UHC VIP thing going on. At the crits, UHC squad did not disappoint. They botched Saturday's road race, and blew the GC; but last year there was only ONE corporate VIP to be seen at the last stage. UHC corporate got their kick-ass Skybox experience at the St Paul and Uptown crits and paid no attention to the rest of the stage race. Meanwhile, the UHC squad made PR appearances and raised money for charity. KBS, who also has a sponsor in the twin cities, got the GC win. UHC loaded the podium in front of their VIPs. Win-win, I think.
(In disclosure, I worked as a swanny for UHC at NVGP last year. I probably saw too much and was privy to more gossip than should be thrown on the internet.)