Evan Huffman won the championship of the multistage North Star Grand Prix bicycle race Sunday, while Rally Cycling teammate Brad Huff closed out the event by capturing the final stage, the Stillwater Criterium.
Rally Cycling won the team competition despite losing two riders at the Cannon Falls Road Race on Thursday.
Brianna Walle of Team TIBCO was the women’s overall winner, and 20-year-old Ellen Noble of North Memorial Health Care won the final stage. Walle sealed overall victory after successfully defending the yellow jersey for all five days. Lauretta Hanson (Colavita/Bianchi) moved up to second and Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) finished third overall, both tied at 40 seconds down.
This is the biggest win of my career,” Walle said. “Last time I was in yellow was with the U. S. National team in the Czech Republic, so this is a big deal.”
Saints get rare sweep
The Saints recorded only the second series sweep in Winnipeg in franchise history with 6-1 victory.
Willie Argo finished 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Tony Caldwell hit a two-run homer, his second homer in three games. The Saints had 15 hits.
Inquiry decides Lady Canterbury
Secret Someone and jockey Alex Canchari won the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes by two lengths at Canterbury Park, but needed to withstand a stewards’ inquiry and a rider’s objection before the race was declared official.
Jockey Chris Rosier, who filed the protest aboard Calypso Run in the Lady Canterbury, later won $100,000 Mystic Lake Mile on favorite Aztec Brave, holding off a late charge by Canchari and Granny’s Kitten. Aztec Brave raced in second behind Blue Bomber before taking command on the far turn.
He opened up in the stretch as Granny’s Kitten closed but never got closer than 1½ lengths at the finish.
Nun the Less finished third behind Granny’s Kitten.
Aztec Brave is trained by Joe Sharp and is owned by Brad Grady.