(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)
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.
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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