August 9, 2006 – The top ten teams in the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series following the International Tour de “˜Toona are headed for the CD&P Bermuda Grand Prix. Each team will receive a generous travel grant and assistance with housing. The top ten teams are:
1. TEAm Lipton – 898
2. Webcor — Platinum – 775
3. Team Biovail – 453
4. Colavita / Cooking Light – 356
5. Victory Brewing – 226
6. Team Cheerwine – 88
7. TRIA Orthopaedic – 60
8. PABW Powered by TIBCO – 40
9. CPT — Colnago – 36
10. Advil / Chapstick – 21
TEAm Lipton widened their lead over Webcor — Platinum, from 32 points after the Nature Valley Grand Prix to a daunting 123 points. These gains were the result of strong performances by Lipton riders (1st, 4th & 7th at the Tour de Toona) and by the absence of Christine Thorburn, Webcor — Platinum’s stage race star. An impressive 2nd place finish at Altoona by Alex Wrubleski moved Team Biovail into third for the Series.
WPCS Individual Standings
After winning both the Nature Valley Grand Prix and the International Tour de Toona, Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton) has solidified her hold on the Series individual competition. TEAm Lipton holds three of the top four spots, a string broken only by Webcor-Patinum’s Erinne Willock in third.
1. 440 – Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton)
2. 253 – Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton)
3. 242 – Erinne Willock (Webcor-Platinum)
4. 176 – Laura Van Gilder (TEAm Lipton)
5. 165 – Alex Wrubleski (Team Biovail)
WPCS Best Young Rider
The Tour de Toona may have been a glimpse into the future, with U26 riders Alex Wrubleski (Team Biovail) and Erinne Willock (Webcor-Platinum) taking 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Willock retained a strong hold on the BYR Series jersey, with Katharine Carroll (Victory Brewing) in 2nd and Wrubleski in 3rd.
1. 385 – Erinne Willock (Webcor-Platinum)
2. 286 – Katharine Carroll (Victory Brewing)
3. 220 – Alex Wrubleski (Team Biovail)
4. 198 – Joelle Numainville (Team Biovail)
5. 176 – Flavia Oliveira (PABW Powered by TIBCO)
Brooke Miller (PABW Powered by TIBCO) held onto the Series Sprinter’s jersey despite a charge from Colavita / Cooking Light’s Tina Pic that vaulted Pic from sixth to second. Although Pic won the Tour de Toona’s sprint competition, Miller garnered enough points from a stage win and intermediate sprints to take third in that race’s spring competition and retain the Series lead.
1. 352 – Brooke Miller (PABW Powered by TIBCO)
2. 286 – Tina Pic (Colavita/ Cooking Light)
3. 264 – Laura Van Gilder (TEAm Lipton)
4. 253 – Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton)
5. 162 – Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton)
The grand finale of the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series will be held at the CD&P Bermuda Grand Prix (September 7-10).
About the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series
The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series began in 2004 with the goal of highlighting women’s racing by giving them a spotlight that they don’t have to share with the men. The Series grew out of meetings that began in Minnesota in 2003 at the first Yoplait Women’s Cycling Summit Conference hosted at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The Summits, now sponsored by Yoplait Nouriche, take place twice a year: at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June and at the Interbike trade show in September.
Visit www.WomenCyclists.com for more information.