August 7/11 22:01 pm - Tour of Elk Grove: Kirchman and Amaran Take Overall wins
Posted by Editoress on 08/7/11
Cuban-born Luis Amaran, currently a resident of New Mexico, beat out more than 100 professional cyclists to be the $15,000 overall winner of the 3-day, 3-stage men's pro race at the 6th annual Alexian Brothers "Tour of Elk Grove" held Friday-Sunday, August 5-7, in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village, Ill. Amaran competed as a member of the Janis/Sutter Home pro cycling team.
The overall winner of the women's 3-day, 3-stage race-which debuted at Elk Grove for the first time-was Canadian Leah Kirchmann, riding as a member of Team Colativa (U.S.). Kirchman won both the women's Stage 2 circuit race on Saturday and the women's Stage 3 criterium race on Sunday.
The 3-stage men's pro race featured $106,500 in total prize money, the largest prize purse for a 3-day, 3-stage men's pro cycling race in North America. Overall prize money in the women's 3-stage was $15,000.
Placing second overall in the men's 3-stage pro race was American Bobby Sweeting, a member of Kenda Pro Cycling Team presented by Geargrinder. He also place first at Saturday's Stage 2 men's road race (155K). Placing third overall was American Chad Haga, a member team Kelly Benefit Strategies.
•Team Geox-TMC was this year's overall men's pro team winner.
•Australian Hilton Clarke (as a member of U.S. team UnitedHealthcare presented by Maxxis) won the men's pro Stage 3 circuit race (115K) on Sunday.
Tour of Elk Grove featured $150,000 in total cash prize money for the 16 professional and amateur races. Over the weekend, more than 25,000 spectators viewed nearly 1,200 cyclists compete.
Full results when available
Courtesy Tour of Elk Grove