Thanks to a year of standout performances on American soil, the Rally Cycling men have finished first in the 2017 USA Cycling Pro Road Tour (PRT). The PRT is America’s premier race series containing the biggest road, stage and criterium races throughout the country. The team topped the rankings thanks in large part to dominant performances at the Tour of the Gila and the Tour of Utah, and closed out the series with 1635 points, almost 500 clear of its nearest rival. The women of Rally Cycling showed tenacity, overcoming an injury-plagued season to finish second in the women’s team classification.
Evan Huffman moved the team into the lead with victory at the Tour of the Gila
"This is a great end of the year bonus for our programs," said Performance Manager Jonas Carney. “It’s an accomplishment that speaks to the hard work of our athletes and staff. The PRT is a difficult series to win because of the diversity of the races. Winning a season long series requires strong, balanced teams and everyone went out and raced hard all season. The results highlight the strength of our program.”
Rally Cycling’s rise to the top of the PRT team standings was a result of incredible teamwork throughout the season. Adam de Vos started the series with a victory in the very first event, an uphill time trial at the Joe Martin Stage Race. De Vos would finish the weekend second overall, kickstarting momentum that would last for the rest of the season. Two weeks later, the team dominated the Tour of the Gila, winning four stages, the overall with Evan Huffman and placing five riders in the top ten. The team remained on top of the PRT standings with Brandon McNulty and Emerson Oronte both landing on the podium at the Redlands Bicycling Classic. Wins at the North Star Grand Prix and Cascade Classic increased Rally Cycling’s lead before Rob Britton sealed it with a career defining victory at the Tour of Utah.
Sara Bergen roared back from injury to help the team finish second in the women's classification
The women of Rally Cycling finished the 2017 season ranked second in the PRT standings. The team suffered a setback before the series even started when general classification leader Sara Poidevin fractured her arm in a training crash. The team’s other Sara – Sara Bergen – kicked off the PRT series with a string of second place finishes at the Joe Martin Stage Race. The team’s first win of the series came in stage four of the Tour of the Gila with Emma White taking a spectacular sprint victory. Unfortunately, the Tour of Gila also saw Bergen crash, sidelining her for two months with a fractured collarbone.
The team resumed its winning ways at the North Star Grand Prix with White taking a stage and the overall victory. Bergen and Poidevin returned halfway through the season, leading the team to two stage wins and second overall at the Cascade Classic. The team closed out its PRT campaign in dominating fashion at the Colorado Classic. In an incredible display of strength, Sara Poidevin soloed to victory in the final stage, taking the overall title and sweeping the jersey classifications.
Emma White scored three PRT series wins, including the overall at the North Star Grand Prix
In total, the riders of Rally Cycling have taken the top step of the podium over 90 times this season. In addition to capturing the PRT team classification, the men's team currently leads the UCI America Tour team classification. With three events remaining on the 2017 calendar, they have likely done enough to secure the overall title.
2017 USA Cycling Pro Road Tour Standings | Men
1. Rally Cycling
3. Holowesko | Citadel
2017 USA Cycling Pro Road Tour Standings | Women
2. Rally Cycling
3. Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank