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Back 3.28.2011

Road Teams Get Rolling

April is approaching, and the 2011 road season is in full swing. In the last week, Saxo Bank-SunGard's spring campaign took two major steps forward with Nick Nuyen's gutty win at the Belgian semi-classic Dwars door Vlaanderen and Alberto Contador's show of force in the Volta a Catalunya.

Nuyens, riding 303s and SRAM Red for the race's mix of cobbles and short climbs, outsprinted Sky's Geraint Thomas after spending 20km off the front of the race "Across Flanders". The winning breakaway never led by more than a few hundred meters, yet still managed to hold off a motivated group of high-powered chasers. With the marquee Classics approaching, Nick's form looks to be right on target.

Also on form is Saxo's leader Contador. In his first ProTour event of the season, he rode 202s to take a 23-second win on stage 3 atop the Coll De Pal – a climb that many thought wouldn't be steep enough to separate the elite climbers. From there, Saxo spent four draining days on the front of the field to protect the leader's jersey. It was Alberto's second stage race win of March, after the Vuelta a Murcia.

Meanwhile, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 has been ramping up its season at the San Dimas Stage Race in Southern California. They placed four riders in the top 10 in the opening time trial up Glendora Mountain Road, including freshly un-retired Kristin Armstrong – who chose the new 404 Firecrest wheels for the varied grades of the climb – in third. The former world and Olympic TT champ ended up fourth overall, and is looking strong for the main events on her calendar.