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Pictures tell it all. The 2008 Nature Valley Grand Prix comes to a close with a fantastic Stage 6 race – the Stillwater Criterium, on June 15, 2008.

With a minute-plus lead over the rest of the field, Kristin Armstrong waves to the thousands cheering her on in Stillwater. Will she win a gold medal in Beijing? (Photo by Matt Moses)

Armstrong beams with both her stage 6 win and overall Nature Valley Grand Prix championship – her third consecutive NVGP general classification victory. (Photo by Stephanie Williams)

Team Healthnet rode in a menacing pack on Sunday, keeping all of its members close together throughout the Stillwater criterium. In the end, Rory Sutherland won the NVGP overall and his teammate, Kirk O’Bee, took home the Wheaties Sprinter’s jersey. (Photo by Matt Moses)

Rory Sutherland (in yellow leader’s jersey), riding for Healthnet-Maxxis, provides a draft for Toyota-United’s Ivan Stevic who won the 2007 NVGP. Sutherland went on to win the overall NVGP championship, while Stevic will go to Beijing in August to ride in the 2008 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Matt Moses)

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The Nature Valley Grand Prix got under way today. Former women’s pro cyclist, Jenn Reither, is providing “color” from each stage, and blogged about stage one results here: http://www.minnbikefestival.com/blog/procyclingmn/2008/06/stage-1-st-paul-lowertown-criterium.html

Kristin Armstrong gives Brooke Miller a friendly pat on the back as the lead is exchanged.  (Photo by Matt Moses)In a nutshell, the weather trashed Stage One of this much anticipated criterium held in St. Paul, Minn., for the second year in a row. The women got in 30 of 40 laps and Olympian Kristin Armstrong won the race hands down. The men’s race was called after just 20 of 45 laps and officials “neutralized” the field, meaning that the men’s stage was essentially a washout. As were the streets of St. Paul following near-steady rainfall all afternoon and early evening.

In the photo (left) Kristin Armstrong gives Brooke Miller (right) a friendly pat on the back as the lead changes during the Women’s Criterium in St. Paul on June 11.  (Photo by Matt Moses)

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