DEVO: Spring opens with Volta ao Alentejo


(March 21, 2016) – The 2016 USA Cycling Development Program opened with the March 16-20 Volta ao Alentejo in Portugal, where Sean Bennett (El Cerrito, Calif./An Post-Chain Reaction) led the way for the U23 program.

Team USA U23 riders in action.
The 2016 USA Cycling Development Program opened at Volta ao Alentejo in Portugal. (photo by Casey B. Gibson)
Bennett clocked a 21:57:25 to finish 26th, leading the six-man Team USA contingent. Spain’s Enric Mas took the win in 21:54:49, trailed immediately by Norwegian Krister Hagen with the same time. David de la Fuente (ESP) earned bronze in 21:54:58.
Miguel Bryon (Miami, Fla./Holowesko-Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Racing) finished 71st in 22:17:46, followed by Michael Hernandez (Clermont, Fla./CCB Racing) in 22:34:17 for 115th and Ethan Reynolds (Boise, Idaho/CCB Racing) in 22:43:37 for 128th. TJ Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/BMC Development Team) and Zeke Mostov (San Francisco, Calif./BMC Development Team) also competed.
Eight Americans rode for their trade teams at the five-stage event. Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash.) narrowly missed a top-10 result, taking 11th in 21:55:18, followed two seconds later by Emerson Oronte (Boulder, Colo./Rally Cycling), who took 13th in 21:55:20. Will Barta (Boise, Idaho/Axeon Hagens Berman) secured 33rd in 21:58:21, Greg Daniel (Englewood, Colo./Axeon Hagens Berman) took 38th in 22:00:10, followed by Tyler Williams (Santa Rosa, Calif./Axeon Hagens Berman) in 22:06:21 for 50th, and Danny Pate (Colorado Springs, Colo./Rally Cycling) crossed in 22:09:47 for 55th. Charles Bradley Huff (Springfield, Mo./Rally Cycling) earned 111th in 22:31:33, while Bjorn Selander (Hudson, Wis./Rally Cycling) took 121st in 22:36:44.
Full Volta ao Alentejo results.
The USA Cycling Development Program heads to Belgium this weekend, where the junior men will take on the March 26-28 Ster van Zuid Limburg, while the U23 men will challenge the March 27 Gent Wevelgem.

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