Devo Wrap: American women road riders complete first block in fine fashion
The women's road riders ended their first block of racing with a strong finish in Italy. The USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP) action this week also includes a BMX Evolution camp in California.
The women pose for pictures at the team presentation ahead of the Classica Citta di Padova in Padova, Italy. Left to right: Jacquelyn Crowell, Janel Holcomb, Jade Wilcoxson, Heather Fischer and Lauren De Crescenzo (Photo by Jack Seehafer)In the last race of the first block for the women's road contingent of the NDP, the women contested the Classica Citta di Padova in Italy. The course was predominately flat with open roads as the riders rode through cool temperatures under sunny skies.
The team progressed through the six-race block as all five women crossed the finish line in Italy after taking part in several small breakaways throughout the 126-kilometer race.
For the majority of the race, the group remained intact, with one two-rider breakaway lasting 20 kilometers and never gaining more than a 20-second advantage.
The race ended in a field sprint. The American contingent tried to gain an advantage with attacks in the last two kilometers, through the technical sections of the course to no avail.
In the final results, Jade Wilcoxson (Talent, Ore./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Janel Holcomb (San Diego, Calif./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Lauren DeCrescenzo (Boulder, Colo./Team Kenda p/b RACC) and Jacquelyn Crowell (Maitland, Fla./Exergy TWENTY16) each finished in the sprint. Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) won the sprint. Heather Fischer (Boulder, Colo./Exergy TWENTY16), who worked for Wilcoxson in the sprint, finished a little behind the sprinters.
BMX Evolution Camp
The BMX Evolution Camp #2 began on Sunday and will continue until March 24 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The following riders are participating in the camp:
Josh Banuelos (Medford, Ore.)
Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX)
Sean Gaian (Santee, Calif./GT Bicycles)
Jared Garcia (Victorville, Calif.)
Austin Hiatt (Fresno, Calif./AnarchyBMX.com)
Collin Hudson (Longmont, Colo./Crupi-Leatt)
Nick Koehler (Tustin, Calif./GT Bicycles)
Jordan Miranda (Bakersfield, Calif./GT Bicycles)
Justin Posey (Winston Salem, N.C./Dan's Competition)
Zack Van Kammen (Lake Elsinore, Calif.)
Alden Volle (Penryn, Calif./Dan's Competition)
Tyler Whitfield (Rockford, Ill./Factory Ssquared)
Carlie Ferree (Quartz Hill, Calif./Haro-Rockstar)
Danielle George (Palmdale, Calif./Supercross BMX-CA)
Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash./Intense-VSI)
Shealen Reno (Plano, Texas/Hyper Bicycles)
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