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Pro Racing Update - May 2nd
   

Big events fired off all over the planet in the last week or so....

 

The U.S. scene was dominated by the Tour of the Gila, a high altitude stage race that is legendary for it's difficulty and as a quick barometer of who's coming up in the next generation. Team Exergy rolled into the race with some horsepower for the overall in Andres Diaz and Matt Cooke. Both riders brought home consistent results that saw them ultimately land Cooke in 5th and Diaz in 9th. Perhaps the best example of their unanimity was the final Gila Monster stage where they finished 6th and 7th on the stage, only 7 seconds apart. Uber-climber Nate English of the Yahoo Cycling Team also threw down some impressive results, pulling a 9th in the opening Mogollon road race and a nearly-as-impressive 14th in the final Gila Monster stage. English settled into 13th on GC when all was said and done.   

 

Meanwhile the venerable Athens Twilight Criterium kicked off "Speed Week" with a raucous display. Team Exergy and Team Mountain Khaki's were both well represented in the field throughout the race. In the big move of the day Team Exergy's Carlos Alzate got within a dozen seconds of lapping the field with his breakway partner only to be stymied by an untimely crash in the field and the spirited chase of United Healthcare that helped set up the race winning move of 18. Alzate and Eric Barlavev made this spli, but missed a small group of four that slipped away to lap the field and, ultimately, contest for the win. Alzate and Barlaveve did end up going 5th and 10th on the day when all was said and done, while Luke Keough carried the flag for Mountain Khaki's with a fine 11th place.

Here is a cool clip:

 

The very next afternoon was the Historic Roswell Criterium and Carlos Alzate and Eric Barlevev gain proved to be a powerhouse duo in a finale scooping up  well deserved third and fourth place finishes against a field of nearly 180! Mountain Khaki's was also present and in force pulling a 

 

On the European scene we had the Geox-TMC boys racing their way forward at the Tour de Romandie where Denis Menchov confirmd his pre-Giro form is starting to come around by finishing 14th on GC with Marcel Wyss only 24 seconds back in 19th after five gruelling stages.  Meanwhile Geox-TMC threw some punches at the Vuelta Asturias netting a solid 3rd place finish: