Devo Wrap: Development riders busy with races in France and Canada
The USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP) remains extremely active with contingents contesting races on two different continents. A new group of women arrived in Europe to represent USA Cycling in France while a group of juniors road riders are just getting underway in Canada.
Twenty-year-old Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Exergy TWENTY16), who won the U23 road race and time trial at the 2013 USA Cycling Amateur & Para Road National Championships in Madison, Wis., on July 4 and 5, led the USA Cycling contingent's effort at the Tour de Bretagne Féminin in France. Antonneau finished the four-day race in 21st place, 1:50 behind the winner, Audrey Cordon (FRA).
Beth Newell (Oakland, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS) was the contingent's next-best rider, finishing only 17 seconds behind Antonneau in 29th place. Nineteen-year-old Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS), who won the women's U23 criterium after placing second in that group's road race in Madison, performed admirably in France, completing the race 2:32 behind Cordon. Ryan finished the race very strong, placing fourth in the field sprint capping the final stage of the race.
Heather Fischer (Boulder, Colo./Exergy TWENTY16) completed her tasks on the team well, as she finished 8:58 behind the winner. Scotti Wilborne (Little Rock, Ark./Mellow Mushroom) finished 13:52 behind the winner
Amber Pierce (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pasta Zara-Cogeas) also contested the race as a member of USA Cycling's contingent.
Junior Men's Road
USA Cycling has sent a junior men's contingent to the Tour de l'Abitibi which began on July 15 and concludes July 21 in Canada. The USA's Ansel Dickey (Truro, Mass./KMS) rode to a strong third-place finish in Tuesday's stage one and was followed by teammate Brendan Rhim (Norwich, Vt./KMS) in fifth.
The USA Cycling team for the event is also made up of Geoffrey Curran (Tustin, Calif./Get Crackin') who was ninth in stage one, Justin Oien (Escondido, Calif./MRI Endurance) who was 29th, Wil Barta (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS) who was 46th, and Philip O'Donnell (Suwanee, Ga./Hot Tubes)who was 75th.
From July 18-21, the following group of women will be in France contesting the Tour Féminin en Limousin:
Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Exergy TWENTY16)
Heather Fischer (Boulder, Colo./Exergy TWENTY16)
Beth Newell (Oakland, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS)
Amber Pierce (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pasta Zara-Cogeas)
Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS)
Elizabeth "Scotti" Wilborne (Little Rock, Ark./Mellow Mushroom)
USA Cycling's women's contingent is presented at the Tour de Bretagne Féminin in France. Photo by Jack Seehafer
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