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Tough Day for Team SmartStop at Stage One of the USA Pro Challenge
August 19, 2014 by Astrid van Uden under News

  Photo: Jonathan Devich epicimages.us Assistant Director, Gord Fraser, reports on Team SmartStops first day at the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. Course profiles can be deceiving.  I’ve been to enough races over the years that you can get a glimmer of what awaits you in any certain race by looking at the provided course maps, but until you’re actually on the course, you just never can take for granted what lies ahead. After riding…

Team SmartStop Battle Snowbird
August 10, 2014 by Astrid van Uden under News

Photo: Jonathan Devich Today we witnessed from the team car what can only be described as pro bike racing at its finest.  Stage six was another brutal yet beautiful course that was tackled by the peloton with all the elements; aggression, sacrifice, teamwork and suffering.   Chatting with some of my former colleagues and teammates before the race, one could sense the tension as all the riders looked pretty fatigued.  Jens in particular was in…

Jure Kocjan Reclaims Sprint Jersey
by Astrid van Uden under News

Photo: Jonathan Devich epicimages.us Riders signing in today were visibly tired from the first four stages of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.  After sampling the first big mountain day, the race is certainly fulfilling their moniker as America’s Toughest Stage Race. If there was ever a stage for opportunists, today was the day.  Our Smartstop team was tactically prepared for aggressive racing and indeed with added crosswinds leaving Evanston, WY the pressure was…

Huge GC Shake Up On Powder Mountain
by Astrid van Uden under News

Photo: Jonathan Devich epicimages.us The first big GC shakeup in this year’s Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah was expected during the Stage 4 summit finish at Powder Mountain and it did not disappoint.  With a second day in yellow, our Smartstop boys knew that keeping the jersey was a long shot, so we opted to race today like a single day race and decline any defense of the leadership. The boys followed the plan…