Saturday, June 15, 2013
Optum Lady Cyclists Dominate Nature Valley Grand Prix
New US elite women's road racing champion Jade Wilcoxson pedals her red, white and blue bike across the finish line first in the Minneapolis Uptown Criterium on Friday night. (Star-Tribune photo)
Defending champion and current US time trial queen Carmen Small from Specialized-Lululemon and Team Tibco sprinter Shelly Olds are making a serious effort but no one else seems capable of slowing down the Optum ladies team led by current US champion Jade Wilcoxson. On a pleasant Friday night in the Minneapolis dining and entertainment destination Uptown neighborhood Wilcoxson continued her remarkable season with a criterium win a day after victory in the Cannon Falls road race. Seven of the first eleven positions in the general classification are held by Optum riders.