Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Devo Wrap: Americans in the mix in Italy, Germany

With the 2012 USA Cycling Elite, U23, Juniors & Paralympic Road National Championships around the corner, the riders in the USA Cycling National Development Program are fine tuning their tactics at two of the most prestigious European races in the world.

Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
After the fifth of the nine-stage Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Joe Dombrowski (Marshall, Va./Bontrager-Livestrong Team) is sitting in seventh place, 3:03 behind the race leader Ilnur Zakarin (RUS).
Dombrowski donned the pink jersey after riding alone to victory in the 168.4-kilometer fourth stage. He won the stage by 50 seconds to jump from 49th in the general classification into the overall lead for one day before slipping into seventh place after Tuesday's fifth stage.
Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team) is 15:30 back in 31st place and Rob Squire (Sandy, Utah/Chipotle-First Solar Development Team) is 26:11 back. Danny Summerhill (Englewood, Colo./Chipotle-First Solar Development Team) overcame an earlier crash, continued in the race and is sitting 1:05:15 behind Zakarin.
Dombrowski is also third in the King of the Mountains, five points behind the leader in that classification, Stanislau Bazhkou (BLR). Dombrowski is also fourth among U23 riders, only 2:20 behind Pierre Paolo Penasa (ITA).
Joshua Berry (Coeur D'Alene, Idaho/Chipotle-First Solar Development Team) and Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Bontrager-Livestrong Team) also started the race with USA Cycling.
The race continues until June 17.
Internationale Thuringen-Rundfahrt
The riders prepare for the prologue team time trial at the Internationale Thuringen-Rundfahrt. (Photo by Andrew Hawkes)
The riders prepare for the prologue team time trial at the Internationale Thuringen-Rundfahrt. (Photo by Andrew Hawkes)
A group of U23 riders are also contesting theInternationale Thuringen-Rundfahrt in Germany. The race started Saturday, June 9 and is scheduled to continue until Saturday, June 16.
After three stages, 19-year-old Matthew Lipscomb(Decatur, Ga./Hincapie Development Team) is the best-placed American rider sitting 1:02 behind overall leader Moreno Hofland (NED). Connor O’Leary (Salt Lake City, Utah/Bontrager-Livestrong Team) is 8:49 back while Daniel Eaton (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa Cycles Shop and Racing Team) is 10:26 behind Hofland.
Jesse Goodrich (Louisville, Colo./Juwi Solar Racing) is 12:20 back while Paul Lynch (Colchester, Conn./Team Type 1-Development) and Zack Noonan (Kutztown, Pa./ are each 22:35 back.
Goodrich, Lipscomb and O'Leary finished with the lead group, placing 24th, 26th and 38th in the first stage. Lipscomb dropped 43 seconds in the second stage, placing 52nd.
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