Christian Vande Velde stuck his nose in the wind in Thursday’s stage, leading the peloton over the final hard climb of the 2005 Vuelta a España up the Cat. 2 Puerto de Navalmoral.
The 29-year-old CSC rider was looking to get a head start on the peloton in case there were any dangerous attacks from Francisco Mancebo (Illes Balears), the Spanish rider who’s trying to take third place away from Carlos Sastre.
"I knew that Mancebo was going to attack again and it was better to get ahead of the storm so I would be there for Carlos," Vande Velde said while he was getting a massage post-stage. "It
Travis Brown (Trek-Volkswagen) and Gretchen Reeves (Rocky Mountain-Business Objects) rode to national-championship titles in the 100km marathon Thursday at Mammoth Mountain, California.
Held on a fast 22-mile loop that spun its way around Mammoth Mountain, the marathon featured single-track and fire roads so loose and dusty that all racers sported dirt-smeared faces after only one of three laps.
Defending champ Reeves made winning look easy, opening a big gap from the gun. After one lap, she sat comfortably ahead of second-place Monique Sawicki (Team Mata), the recently crowned 2005 NORBA