Devo Wrap: Daniel with a strong ride in France
The U23 men's road racers in the USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP) resumed their schedule with a three-day, four-stage race in France. Riding against elite riders, one of the youngest riders in the contingent represented the United States very well.
Greg Daniel, shown here riding at the 2012 USA Cycling Elite, U23 and Juniors Road National Championships in Augusta, Ga., had a stellar weekend in France. (Photo by Jonathan Devich)At the Kreiz Breizh Elites in France, 19-year-old Greg Daniel (Englewood, Colo./Bontrager Cycling Team) finished 12th in the general classification. Daniel, who placed sixth among the young riders in the race, finished only 1:18 behind the winner Nicky Van Der Lijke (NED) and just 15 seconds out of the top 10.
In addition to working for Daniel, Jeffrey Perrin (Lakewood, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) and Stephen Leece (San Luis Obispo, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) finished 32nd and 37th, respectively. Perrin finished 5:13 behind the winner while Leece was 5:37 back. Torey Philipp (El Dorado, Calif./ California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) was 23:19 behind Van Der Lijke.
Daniel started the race in strong position, crossing the line 37 seconds behind the leader in 20th position. After a strong time trial in stage 2, Daniel, Bassetti and Perrin finished with the leader to cap stage 3. With the team working to land Daniel in the top 10, he finished only seven seconds behind the the winner of the final stage, Geert Van Der Weijst (NED).
Sam Bassetti (San Geronimo, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) and Alex Darville (Santa Barbara, Calif./Bontrager Cycling Team) also contested the race.
The following group of riders are slated to contest Tour de Namur from July 31-Aug. 4:
Greg Daniel (Englewood, Colo./Bontrager Cycling Team)
Alex Darville (Santa Barbara, Calif./Bontrager Cycling Team)
Jesse Goodrich (Louisville, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)
Stephen Leece (San Luis Obispo, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Jeffrey Perrin (Lakewood, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Tyler Williams (Shafter, Calif./BMC Development Team)
The following group of six juniors, including two newcomers, are headed to Le Trophée Centre Morbihan in France on Aug. 3-4:
Tim Aiken (Stanford, Calif./Bear Development Team)
Diego Binatena (Playa del Rey, Calif./Swami's Cycling Club)
Charlie Hough (Travelers Rest, S.C./Hincapie Development Team)
Max O'Neal (Seattle, Wash./Herriot Sports Performance)
Greg Ratzell (Blandon, Pa./Young Medalists)
Seth Veenbaas (Chino Hills, Calif./MRI-Monster Media)
The following group of women, which includes the winner of the 2012 edition of the race, Evelyn Stevens (Dennis, Mass./Specialized-lululemon), are slated to contest La Route de France from Aug. 3-11 in France:
Jacquelyn Crowell (Maitland, Fla./Exergy TWENTY16)
Andrea Dvorak (Crozet, Va./Exergy TWENTY16)
Janel Holcomb (San Diego, Calif./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
Kristin McGrath (Boise, Idaho/Exergy TWENTY16)
Ally Stacher (Asheville, N.C./Specialized-lululemon)
Evelyn Stevens (Dennis, Mass./Specialized-lululemon)
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