Nature Valley Grand Prix To Air On CBS Sports Network

  
  


The daily excitement and thrilling conclusion to this year's Nature Valley Grand Prix will be chronicled on CBS Sports Network’s “Sports Spectacular” program.  The event will be televised on:
 
Thursday, August 9:  8PM ET
Sunday, August 12:    6PM ET
Tuesday August 14:   9PM ET
 
You can find the CBS Sports Network channel in your area by visiting www.cbssportsnetwork.com
 
The Nature Valley Grand Prix men’s race was an epic struggle between Tom Zirbel of Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategy and John Murphy of Kenda/5hr Energy p/b Geargrinders.  Zirbel, known for his time trialing, held the yellow jersey at this race in 2010 until the final stage, when it was snatched away from him by Rory Sutherland of Team UnitedHealthcare.  Murphy, an accomplished sprinter, planned to win the overall based on time bonuses offered throughout the stages.
 
The women’s race was dominated by Carmen Small of Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies, a true all arounder who used time trialing, sprinting and climbing to claim the yellow jersey.  But there was plenty of drama during the individual stages, including a record three consecutive Freewheel Bike Most Aggressive Jersey wins by TIBCO/To the Top’s Megan Guarnier. 
 
"Even for fans who attended the races in person or followed the live streams on the internet, this program is a chance to put all of the pieces together," Nature Valley Grand Prix Executive Director David LaPorte said. "For everyone else, this is an opportunity for them to see some of the best professional cycling in the United States showcased in an hour-long broadcast."
 
About the Nature Valley Grand Prix
Now in its 14th year, the Nature Valley Grand Prix, was held June 13-17. The stage race has become one of the top event on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, attracting top American and international racing teams and nearly 300 riders from around the world. The Grand Prix is a volunteer-run event with all profits donated to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota. For more information, visit www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com.
 
About the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar
Entering its 16thseason in 2012, the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) is a road cycling series sanctioned by USA Cycling. It is designed to provide a ranking system for all elite-level cyclists, both amateur and professional, through participation in the nation’s premier cycling events.  More info at www.usacycling.org/nrc
 
About Nature Valley
Nature Valley, the brand that created the granola bar category in 1975, brings variety to healthy, active consumers looking for wholesome and great-tasting snacks. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Nature Valley is part of General Mills, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods products. For more information, visit www.NatureValley.com.


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