DEVELOPMENT WRAP: Farrar wins 2 stages and overall at Franco-Belge

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DEVELOPMENT WRAP-UP: Tyler Farrar wins two stages and the overall at Franco-Belge

USA Cycling National Development Team graduate Tyler Farrar (Wenatchee, Wash./Garmin-Slipstream) scored a big win in Belgium over the weekend while current USA Cycling National Development program riders Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo./Trek-Livestrong) and Shelley Olds (Los Gatos, Calif./Proman) earned national titles on the track at the USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships in Carson, Calif.


USA Cycling National Development Team graduate Tyler Farrar (Wenatchee, Wash./Garmin-Slipstream) claimed two stage wins and the overall win on Sunday at the 69th Circuit Franco-Belge in Belgium.

The 25-year-old American rode into the leaders jersey right away by winning the stage one bunch sprint. He then repeated that victory in stage two to further his lead in the general classification. Despite a crash in stage three and a puncture in the fourth and final stage, Farrar was able to maintain his lead and complete the four-day UCI 2.1 event with eight seconds over nearest threat Tom Boonen (Belgium/Quick Step)

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Riding for his Trek-Livestrong squad at the USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships, USA Cycling National Development Team rider Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.) scored Stars-and-Stripes jerseys in the points race, pursuit, and team pursuit over the weekend.


USA Cycling Women's Development Team rider Shelly Olds (Los Gatos, Calif./Proman) won a national title in the scratch race at the USA Cy cling Elite Track National Championships on Thursday.


Forty-four athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 have been invited to the USA Cycling Junior National Talent ID Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, October 8-12. They will participate in a variety of activities designed to assess and track their fitness levels and educate them on the key elements of becoming successful cyclists.

The invited riders include:

Nate Geoffrion (Petaluma, Calif.)
Zane Godby (Louisville, Colo.)
Will Curtis (San Rafael, Calif.)
Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo.)
Steven Rusnak (Seminole, Fla.)
Kevin Fish (Austin, Texas)
Austin Clevenger (Bellingham, Wash.)
Christopher S. Flanagan (San Francisco, Calif.)
Neal Shepherd  (Palm Coast, Fla.)
Kristo Jorgenson (Boise, Idaho)
Shannon Maris (Buckley, Wash.)
Jonathon Schilling (Grover, Mo.)
Spence Peterson (Mill Valley, Calif.)
Alexey Vermeulen (Pinckney, Mich.)
Andrew Dillman (Fairdale, Ken.)
Paul Lynch (Colchester, Conn.)
Eamon Lucas (Pacific Grove, Calif.)
Alistair Eeckman (Berkeley, Calif.)
Jordan Cullen (Hudson, Wis.)
Skyler Trujillo (Fort Collins, Colo.)
Peter Taylor (Walnut Creek, Calif.)
Matthew Spinks (Layton, NJ)
Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah)
Joan T. Walker (Bayfield, Colo.)
Alex Jensen (Tampa, Fla.)
Michael Dessau (Boulder, Colo.)
Neal K. Forbes (Columbus, Ind.)
Tanner Putt (Park City, Utah)
Robin Carpenter (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Luke Haley (Louisville, Ken.)
Christopher Calder (Greenville, SC)
Jansen Lindner (Covington, Ga.)
Alex Dayton (Kingsport, Tenn.)
Grace Alexander (Boise, Idaho)
Logan Owen (Bermerton, Wash.)
Matthew Phillips (Warrenton, Va.)
Erik Volotzky (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Matt Spinks (Layton, NJ)
Tony Smith (San Rafael, Calif.)

For more information about USA Cycling's Development Camps, please click here.


The USA Cycling Development Foundation's Marin Classic will take place in Sausalito, Calif. on October 11th. The special fundraiser will support USA Cycling's development programs. Click here for more information.


Top Photo (courtesy of Mario Varrewaere) - Tyler Farrar at Franco-Belge
Bottom Photo - Juniors at the 2008 USA Cycling Junior National Talent ID Camp

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