Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Strong Showing by Bookwalter and Howes as Road Worlds Conclude

Brent Bookwalter (r) and Alex Howes both finished the men's road race within 14 seconds of the winning time.
Brent Bookwalter (r) and Alex Howes both finished the men's road race within 14 seconds of the winning time. (photo by Casey B. Gibson)

Ponferrada, Spain (September 28, 2014) -- The 2014 UCI Road World Championships concluded on Sunday in Ponferrada, Spain, with the 254.8-kilometer elite men's road race on a day that included on-and-off rain during the more than six-hour race. In the end it was Brent Bookwalter (Asheville, N.C./BMC Racing Team) and Alex Howes (Boulder, Colo./Garmin-Sharp) both finishing within 14 seconds of the winning time in 25th and 30th, respectively, for the United States squad.

An early four-rider break that included Ukraine's Oleksandr Polivoda, Croatia's Matija Kvasina, Lithuania's Zydrunas Savickas and Colombia's Carlos Julian Quintero built up a 15-minute advantage on the peloton after four of the 14 laps, but the gap began to come back down as the team from Poland pushed the pace behind.

When the four leaders were caught with just over three laps to go, only Bookwalter and Howes remained in the race for the U.S. squad. Howes had recovered from a brief crash to catch back on to the main field.

"It was a tricky course with some really nasty downhills," said Howes. "I was feeling pretty good up until a little fall with like four to go or so. I had to do some chasing but the boys helped me out, helped get me back up there."

"We had four guys that we wanted to get into the race as deep as possible and see where it shuffled out," Bookwalter said. "None of us are really proven at this level at 250k, but I think we're all getting better each year. I thought the race was really hard. We were down to only a couple guys with a few laps to go so Alex and I were just trying to hang tough. I think he was actually probably better than me, and then he was unfortunately caught up in that little bit of a crash so that took a lot of energy out of him."

The decisive break in the final lap was made by Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, and he managed to stave off the hard-charging field and claim the rainbow jersey ahead of Australia's Simon Gerrans and Spain's Alejandro Valverde. Bookwalter was in a group just seven seconds behind Kwiatkowski, with Howes coming in 14 seconds off the winning time.

"I felt like I had one speed I could peg it at basically threshold the whole time and guys would attack and kind of come back, and guys would move up the field and come back, and I was just grinding along at the same speed," Bookwalter said. "It wasn't quite enough to get into position to go for a top 10 or a good result, but I gave it everything I had all the way to the very last meter."

Bookwalter also noted the effort needed for a race like the world championships.

"It was just fast the whole day. It definitely ramped up at the end but not as much as some of the other worlds that I've done in the past. This one was just fast and hard all day. Those guys obviously had an unbelievable acceleration at the end. We were so deep into the race and everyone was so tired. That's one of the things that make these one-day races so beautiful and dramatic is it really takes every last ounce out of you."

With the World Championships returning to U.S. soil for the first time in 29 years next year in Richmond, Va., Bookwalter spoke about the inspiration that will give to the American riders.

"We're really inspired to have a chance to race Worlds in Richmond next year," he said. "We have a great group of guys here and a few guys that aren't here. We've been kind of building up to this for a long time with this group of guys, this generation, and we're really excited to put on a good showing in Richmond."

The U.S. team wraps up the world championships with four medals in the team time trials and two more in the individual time trial, including a silver medal by Adrien Costa (Los Altos, Calif./Hagens Berman U23) in the juniors men's time trial, and a bronze medal by Evelyn Stevens (Dennis, Mass./Specialized-lululemon) in the elite women's time trial.

In the team time trial competition, Tejay van Garderen (Boulder, Colo./BMC Racing Team), Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Specialized-lululemon) and Evelyn Stevens (Dennis, Mass./Specialized-lululemon) each won gold medals racing with their trade teams, while Alison Tetrick (Mill Valley, Calif.) earned a bronze medal with her Astana BePink Women's Team.

Other top-10 performances by the U.S. during the week included fifth-place efforts from Zeke Mostov (San Francisco, Calif./Hagens Berman U23) and Emma White (Delanson, N.Y./Hot Tubes Junior Development Team) in their respective juniors time trials, a sixth-place finish by Shelley Olds (Gilroy, Calif./Ale-Cipollini) in the elite women's road race, and an eighth place by Alison Powers (Pinecliffe, Colo./UnitedHealthcare) in the elite women's time trial.

2014 UCI Road World Championships
Ponferrada, Spain
Sept. 21-28, 2014



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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

World Championships - Women's Road Race: Top 5 riders to watch



World Championships - Women's Road Race: Top 5 riders to watch. Marianne Vos goes into the race looking to take her third consecutive title and fourth overall. She will have some tough competition though, here are Cyclingnews' top five riders to watch for the women's road race.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

World Championships: Specialized-lululemon win women's TTT

By: Barry Ryan

Specialized-Lululemon has turned to crowdfunding to ensure its survival when its sponsors withdraw at the end of this season, and the American squad was certainly value for its victory in the women’s team time trial at the World Championships in Ponferrada.

It was Specialized-Lululemon’s third win in as many years in the event, and they delivered a smooth, assured showing over the 36km course to finish 1:17 clear of Orica-AIS and 2:19 up on Astana-BePink. Powered by Evelyn Stevens, Carmen Small and Trixi Worrack, they led at each of the time checks, and increased their advantage all the way to the finish to seal an emphatic victory.

“There’s nothing more special than getting to win together,” said Stevens, who has been part of the team’s winning sextet each year. “It gives me goose bumps. I said at breakfast this morning that it feels like Christmas – it’s such a special event and it’s the highlight of the year.”

While there was little precious surprise about the gold medallist, there was no shortage of drama out on the road, much of it provided by the unfortunate Rabo-Liv. The Dutch squad was on course for a podium place as they entered the final kilometres, only for Annemiek van Vleuten to crash into the barriers and take her three remaining teammates down with her. Anna van der Breggen was the worst affected, and was unable to remount and complete the race. Early reports suggest that she sustained a fractured pelvis in the incident.

By that point, Rabo-Liv had already lost Marianne Vos, who was surprisingly dropped shortly after the second intermediate check with 10 kilometres still to race. When Roxane Knetemann also was distanced on the final climb, Rabo-Liv’s hopes of holding off Orica-AIS for silver were already rapidly diminishing, perhaps, but the crash ended the debate, and they eventually crossed the line 10:05 down in last place.

“I blew up. Team time trialling is not really my thing, but I was not really that good,” Vos said of her own showing, which will be a concern with Saturday’s road race in mind.

Specialized display

Specialized-Lululemon were the final team down the start ramp, and it was immediately apparent that they bore no ill-effects from their own crash while reconnoitring the course the previous afternoon. “Oh, I felt a million bucks,” Stevens said, and so, it seems, did all of her teammates. By the first time check after 12 kilometres, they were already 16 seconds up on Rabo-Liv and 20 ahead of Orica-GreenEdge.

That margin stretched out still further over the middle section of the course, and by kilometre 23, they had 40 seconds in hand on Vos et al, with Orica-AIS a further 16 second back. More tellingly, while their rivals were beginning to shed riders in the closing kilometres, Specialized-Lululemon retained a full complement of riders all the way over the top of the climb.

As Specialized-Lululemon tackled the technical drop to the line, the Astana-BePink squad were ensconced in the hot seat as the provisional leaders. The Italian-based squad had been sixth-quickest at the second check but produced a remarkable final ten kilometres to move up the standings. Their final elevation to the podium was down in part to Rabo-Liv’s crash, of course, but the bronze medal was a reward for a well-paced effort.

“It’s an incredible experience to get a medal. We might not have been favourites for a medal but we did a very good ride,” Alison Tetrick said. “We’re very proud of the result.”

Orica-AIS, meanwhile, were locked in a battle with Rabo-Liv for the silver medal place through the final kilometres, and despite being down to the minimum four riders in the finale, the efforts of Emma Johansson and Valentina Scandalora suggested that the balance may have been tipping in their favour even before the crash.

“To get everything right is the difference between taking a medal or not and we pulled out a really good ride and got everything right, so it was nice,” Emma Johansson said.

There was simply nothing to be done against the might of Specialized-Lululemon, however, as Stevens, Small, Worrack, Chantal Blaak, Lisa Brennauer and Karol-Ann Canuel’s cohesive display saw them cruise home with over a minute to spare.

It remains to be seen under what banner the team operates next season, and where many of its riders end up, but they’ll always have Ponferrada. “The outcome for next year was going to be what it was going to be – more than anything we were focused on this year and on today,” Small said.

Article Source: Cycling News

Thursday, September 18, 2014

World Championships Preview: In Search of Spanish Gold

By: Barry Ryan
A selective course that's difficult to define

Almost 2,000 years on, they again come to north-western Spain in search of gold. When the Roman Empire was approaching its greatest extent towards the end of the first century AD, its most important gold mine was located at Las Médulas, near what is now Ponferrada. Next week, an increasingly globalised peloton descends upon the town for the World championships, sifting for rainbow jerseys, for medals or simply, contracts for 2015.

Ponferrada could certainly have done with some of that Roman gold to defray the costs. Host cities now pay the UCI the princely sum of €5 million simply to host the event, and it is estimated that the total cost of organising the Worlds could stretch to €14 million by the time the curtain falls on September 28.

The seemingly spiralling expense of staging the Worlds should be a concern for the UCI. Economic factors contributed to the decision to shelf the proposed uphill finish for the time trial events, after all, and at this rate the pool of financially viable prospective hosts seems destined to shrink over the next decade. Even so, from a purely sporting point of view, Ponferrada promises to provide a fascinating week of racing across all categories.

Much of the intrigue is set to be provided by the road race circuit, which, depending on who's asking, is apparently either too tough for the sprinters or too easy for the climbers. Bluff or not, it's certainly a parcours that defies easy description and should thus encourage inventive racing – a welcome development after the sure-fire bunch sprint in Copenhagen in 2011, the inevitable Cauberg shoot-out in 2012 and the (admittedly enthralling) war of attrition that preceded the explosive final lap in Florence twelve months ago.

For the first time in five years, the point-to-point preamble for the men's race is dispensed with and all of the road races take place entirely on the 18.2 kilometre circuit around Ponferrada. The course features two climbs, which, on first glance, seems to follow the popular Worlds template of a long, steady ascent followed by a shorter, shaper climb nearer the finish.

First up is the Alto de Montearenas, which is 5.1 kilometres long but with an average gradient of just 3.5%, and the early ramps of 8% are unlikely to shed too many of the in-form fast finishers, as new Italian coach Davide Cassani has pointed out. The second climb, the Alto de Compostilla, is a stiffer prospect. Just 1,100 metres in length, it pitches up to 10% and averages 6.6%. It's certainly tough enough for the strongest to punch clear. It remains to be seen, however, whether any lone rider can build up a sufficient lead to then stay away on the four kilometres to the line, which incorporate a tricky descent.

The time trials were originally slated to finish at San Cristóbal de Valdueza, atop a 9km climb, but will instead finish, like the road races, not far from Ponferrada's Castle of the Templars. The elite men's time trial features a flat opening 30 kilometres but the final 10 miles include the short climbs of Confederacion and Mirador before the drop to the finish.

Elite men – Australia with options

On a course that seems finely balanced between puncheurs and sprinters, few teams seem as equipped for all eventualities as Australia. Simon Gerrans arrives in Spain as the man of the moment after victories in Quebec and Montreal last week, and however many fast men are still in the contention come the final lap, Michael Matthews seems a certainty to be among their number. With the likes of Cadel Evans, Adam Hansen and Heinrich Haussler in supporting roles, Bradley McGee has arguably the strongest team in the race at his disposal.

When the Ponferrada Worlds were first unveiled, Peter Sagan was instantly installed as the favourite for the rainbow jersey, and he certainly has all the weapons needed to win on this course – but therein, perhaps, lies the problem for the Slovak, who has often struggled to choose correctly from a surfeit of options in the finale of major races. More pressingly, Sagan's recent form has been underwhelming in the extreme, although after a non-descript Vuelta a España, he has shown signs of life in Italy this week.

John Degenkolb has been the other man on everybody's lips since the beginning of the year, and his haul of wins at the Vuelta only heightened the expectation around the German. He was admitted to hospital this week after wounds from a crash in Spain became infected, however, and it remains to be seen if he can recover in time for Sunday week.

The home nation's challenge will be led by Alejandro Valverde, and Spanish selector Javier Minguez will hope he can dovetail more neatly with Joaquim Rodriguez than in 2013, when he conspicuously failed to cover his trade teammate Rui Costa's winning move in the finale. Valverde has accumulated five world championship medals during his chequered career but his failure to land a rainbow jersey suggests a crippling lack of tactical acumen. To miss out on gold once is unfortunate, to do so five times is careless. For Rodriguez, meanwhile, one senses his best opportunity may just have passed him by in Florence twelve months ago.

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) is also aware that he is running out of chances to land the victory he covets above all others, and he has begun to make notable sacrifices for the Worlds in recent seasons. Last year he skipped the Tour de France; this year, he forgoes the time trial. Cancellara will have drawn lessons from Mendrisio in 2009, when he won the strongest man contest but missed out on the rainbow jersey. Five years on, he seems more judicious in his efforts. If he gets his timing right in Ponferrada, anything is possible.

Belgium have two former world champions, Philippe Gilbert and Tom Boonen, in their ranks, yet the form men seem to be Greg Van Avermaet and Sep Vanmarcke, and it will be interesting to see how the roles are divided to everyone's satisfaction. For Italy, there is no doubting that Vincenzo Nibali is the leader, but the course hardly seems as suited to the Tour de France winner as Florence, while the squadra azzurra's option in a sprint finish looks set to be Filippo Pozzato.

France will pin much of their hopes on Nacer Bouhanni surviving the climbs, while Ben Swift seems the best bet for Great Britain. Alexander Kristoff is already a candidate for rider of the year. Worlds victory would confirm that status, but the race is perhaps coming a month too late for the Norwegian, who has barely let up all season. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) highlighted his form at the Tour of Britain and is backed by a potentially strong Polish team. For puncheurs such as Dan Martin (Ireland) and Romain Bardet (France), the climbs might not be selective enough, but after 250 kilometres, a rider strong of legs and fleet of mind can find a way to win regardless of the circumstances – just ask Rui Costa (Portugal).

In the time trial, meanwhile, Tony Martin is chasing a fourth consecutive rainbow jersey, where Bradley Wiggins ought to provide the sternest opposition in the absence of Cancellara. Tom Dumoulin is fancied in his debut in the event, though the strong field also features Adriano Malori, Andrew Talansky, Tejay van Garderen, Alex Dowsett and Rohan Dennis.

Elite women – Vos against the rest?

How do you solve a problem like Marianne Vos? That's the conundrum that has faced the Worlds peloton ever since the Dutchwoman entered the elite ranks in 2006. In eight attempts, Vos has never finished lower than second at the Worlds – regardless of the terrain, the road to the rainbow jersey runs through the best rider on the planet.

Vos has "only" three world road titles to show for her dominance however – 2006, 2012 and 2013 – and endured a maddening run of five consecutive silver medals. On four occasions, she was thwarted by an Italian rider, and the squadra azzurra will again pose a major obstacle here, with a line-up that includes double world champion Giorgia Bronzini, Rosella Ratto and Elisa Longo Borghini.

As ever, Vos' long-time rival Emma Johansson (Sweden) will be in the mix, but the biggest individual threat may well come from Lizzie Armitstead (Great Britain), who has one of the season's outstanding performers. The Yorkshire native wrapped up the World Cup with a round to spare and was hugely impressive in soloing to victory at the Commonwealth Games.

Tiffany Cromwell (Australia), Evelyn Stevens (USA) and Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France) will be among those looking to go on the offensive, and they can take heart from the fact that Vos has appeared short of her very best in recent weeks. However, they must also face her imposing orange guard. For the past two years, Anna van der Breggen has been the best rider in a supporting role at the Worlds, and the strong Dutch squad also includes Annemiek van Vleuten and Elen van Dijk.

Van Dijk will be favoured to retain her title in the time trial, but Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) and Evelyn Stevens ought to provide very tough opposition indeed over the 29.5km course. Villumsen, in particular, has been a model of consistency over the past four years, with four podium spots but no rainbow jersey to show for her efforts.

A week of racing

The action gets under way on Sunday September 21 with the men's and women's team time trials. Three years into its existence, the jury is still out as to the success of this venture, which was created largely to provide trade teams with a visible platform during the UCI's showpiece week of racing. That said, it is enormously popular with the teams that take the event seriously, as Omega Pharma-QuickStep's decision to travel to Ponferrada four days beforehand to train on the course demonstrates.

Tony Martin and company will be the favourites to take a third successive title on the 57km course, although a number of squads with strong team trialling pedigree – Sky, Orica-GreenEdge and BMC – will be looking to spring an upset. It's a similar scenario in the women's team time trial (36km), where Specialized-lululemon chase their third title, ahead of a chasing pack led by Orica-AIS, Giant-Shimano and Rabo Liv.

The individual time trials follow over the next three days, with the junior women (13.9km) and under-23 men (36km) in action on Monday, the junior men (29km) and elite women on Tuesday and the elite men on Wednesday. There is no action on Thursday, to allow for training on the circuit and the UCI's conference for junior riders, before the schedule resumes on Friday with the junior women's and under-23 men's road races.

At under-23 level, Caleb Ewan (Australia) is the outstanding favourite for victory in the road race, but there will be a high-level field in Ponferrada. Dylan Teuns (Belgium) impressed as a stagiaire with BMC at the Tour of Britain, for instance, while new Orica-GreenEdge recruit Magnus Cort Nielsen (Denmark) is also on hand. In the time trial, Ireland's Ryan Mullen and Australia's Campbell Flakemore – fourth last year – are among the contenders.

Mercifully, the junior men's race is returned to its traditional place on the Saturday morning, rather than clashing with their elite counterparts the following day. The elite women's road race remains in its Saturday afternoon slot, before the elite men bring the curtain down on the week's racing.

Intrigue at the world championships is not limited to what happens out on the road, of course. For amateurs and professionals alike, the week acts as something of a market place, while there is also a degree of political theatre, as the UCI gathers for its annual congress on Friday, September 26. There won't be quite the same melodrama as last year, when Brian Cookson was elected president after a bitter battle with Pat McQuaid, although the Briton's first twelve months in office have not been without incident. A year is a long time in cycling.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bronze Medal Added to U.S. total on Day 3 of Pan Am Track Championships

Bobby Lea kicks into a higher gear during the points race at the 2014 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships
Bobby Lea earned bronze in the men's 30km points race on Friday

(Sept. 12, 2014) – U.S. riders added a third medal and two more top-10 finishes to an already impressive campaign at the 2014 Pan American Continental Track Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico, on Sept. 12.

Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Custom Velo) won his second medal of the competition when he earned bronze in the men’s 30km points race, finishing with 67 points behind winner Luis Miguel Mansilla (CHI) and Manuel Alberto Briceno (VEN), who recorded 72 and 70 points, respectively. Liam Donoghue (Boulder, Colo.) finished 11th with 22 points.

In the women’s sprint, Missy Erickson (San Pedro, Calif./Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic) fell in the one-eighth final to Daniela Larreal (VEN), then placed second in the repechage, just missing the quarterfinal.

Amber Gaffney (Claremont, Calif./TWENTY16 Pro Cycling) and Kim Geist (Emmaus, Pa./Chester County Cycling Foundation-Team Alliance Environmental) posted personal records in the individual pursuit, finishing fifth in 3:33.801 and seventh in 3:35.647, respectively. Jasmin Glaesser (CAN) took gold in 3:29.229, followed by Marlies Mejias (CUB) in 3:30.650.

Jacob Duehring (Irvine, Calif./GS Ciao-Horizon Organic-Einstein Brothers Cycling) stands 11th in the men’s omnium with 70 points following the first three events after taking 11th in the points race (20), seventh in the individual pursuit (-12.661 seconds) and 10th in the elimination. Juan Seebastan Molano (COL) stands first with 102 points.
 


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Friday, September 12, 2014

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

THE MECHANICS OF A CRASH



Although no two crashes are identical, two main types of force—linear and rotational—are related to the majority of brain injuries. Most real-world impacts actually subject your brain to a combination of both linear and rotational forces. Watch this animated video to learn more

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Devo Wrap: Stone Earns First European Win with Juniors

(Sept. 2, 2014) – The podium hunting continued for the juniors men’s road program, as four podium finishes in Belgium and the Netherlands, including a win from Clayton Stone (Anthem, Ariz./Athlete Octane), highlighted the week for the USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP).

JUNIORS MEN’S ROAD
Baardegem kermesse (K1 and K2 juniors)

Duquette leads the break in Heerlen.
Duquette leads the break in Heerlen. (photo by Billy Innes)


On Aug. 27, the K1 and K2 juniors squads traveled to Baardegem, Belgium, for an 88-kilometer kermesse. The K1 group was originally supposed to race the day before, but a fire in a building next to where the riders were staying caused an early morning evacuation on Aug. 25, which nixed the plan. The change in itinerary allowed all 11 remaining juniors to roll up to the Baardegem start line. An early move saw Nick Castellano (Upland, Calif./Team Specialized Racing –NCCF), Derek Cote (Burlington, Conn./CT Cycling Advancement Program), David Duquette (Gastonia, N.C./Revolve Residential p/b Pre-Reg.com) and David Lombardo (Crystal Lake, Ill./Hincapie Development Team) off the front. Numerous counter attacks yielded a reshuffling, and in the end it was Stone taking his first win in Europe with Noah Granigan (Cape May Court House, N.J./RACE CF) crossing the line in second. Jack Maddux (Fresno, Calif./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team) finished his European campaign with a fifth-place result. Maddux came straight to Sittard from Ireland with his Hot Tubes teammate Michael Hernandez (Clermont, Fla./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team) after both finished racing the Junior Tour of Ireland. With the exception of a crash that took him out of the Vlaamse Gewesten the weekend before, Maddux never finished out of the top five during his five-week European stay.

Klimcriterium Munstergeleen (K2 juniors)

The K2 group of Cote, Duquette, Granigan, Hernandez and Lombardo raced the Klimcriterium Munstergeleen on Aug. 30. Located on the outskirts of Sittard, Netherlands, and boasting pitches as steep as 17 percent, this was billed as one of the hardest junior races in Holland. Granigan attacked early and built up a solo lead on the group that swelled to nearly one minute. A group of four that included Lombardo and Jonny Brown (Covington, Tenn./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team, Inc.) eventually crossed the gap to Granigan and stayed away to the end. Brown finished third, Lombardo took fourth, Granigan, who won the King of the Mountain competition on the strength of his early solo move, placed fifth and Hernandez claimed sixth.

Klimcriterium Heerlen (K2 juniors)

On Aug. 31, the same group of juniors rode the short distance from Sittard to Heerlen, Netherlands, for the Klimcriterium Heerlen. The course was technical with many tight turns and a climb. Approximately one-third of the way into the race, Duquette went up the road with two others. This group of three stayed away to the end with Duquette ending up in third. A second group containing Brown, Hernandez and Lombardo came across the line just behind Duquette's group, nearly catching them on the line. Lombardo placed fifth, Hernandez, who made an impressive three-lap solo effort to cross with the second group, was sixth, while Brown finished eighth.

U23 MEN’S ROAD
Tour de l’Avenir

From Aug. 23-30, the U23 men’s program raced the seven-stage Tour de l’Avenir in France. After collecting top-25 finishes in the second, fifth, sixth and seventh stages, Jeff Perrin (Lakewood, Colo./Hagens Berman Cycling) finished 18th in 24:14:03, recording the top U.S. time at the event. Colombia’s Miguel Lopez took the yellow jersey in 23:54:28, followed by Australia’s Robert Power in 24:54:58 and Russia’s Aleksey Rybalkin in 24:55:12, respectively. Alexey Vermeulen (Pinckney, Mich./BMC Development Team) took 29th in 24:29:25 thanks to a pair of 30th-place finishes in Stages 4 and 5, while T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/BMC Racing Team) claimed 46th in 24:41:31. Logan Owen’s (Bremerton, Wash./Bissell Development Team) Stage 2 19th-place finish helped him to a 55th-best time of 24:46:58, while teammate Yannick Eckmann (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Cycling-California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) finished 83rd in 25:10:44, followed by Tyler Williams (Shafter, Calif./BMC Development Team) in 85th with a final time of 25:13:02.

Full Tour de l’Avenir results.

COMING UP

This weekend, the K2 juniors group will travel to Switzerland to participate in the GP Ruebliland Stage Race. The five-stage race will be a tune-up for the World Championships for a number of the European Junior National Teams and is the last race on the calendar for this group of USA Cycling juniors.

The women’s development road program returns to action when Kaitlin Antonneau (Colorado Springs, Colo./Marian University), Allie Dragoo (Grand Rapids, Mich./Marian University), Heather Fischer (Boulder, Colo./K4 Racing-DNA Cycling p/b K4), Mandy Heintz (Houston, Texas/Fearlesse Femme), Lauren Komanski (Winston-Salem, N.C./TWENTY16 Pro Cycling) and Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO) take on the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, Sept. 2-7, in the Netherlands.
 
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