Devo Wrap: Eisenhart scores big in Germany

The USA Cycling National Development Program found the podium at a juniors race in Germany and several U23 riders enjoyed success across Europe.

U23

RONDE DE L'ISARD

At Ronde de L'Isard, a four-stage contest in France spanning May 17-20, Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team) scrapped and clawed his way up the general classification throughout the duration of the race. In the end, he and Rob Squire (Sandy, Utah/Chipotle-First Solar Development Team) finished fifth and eighth, respectively, in the final results.

Squire and Warbasse each completed the first stage 25 seconds behind the stage winner, placing 20th and 33rd. They each improved in the second stage, placing 13th and 18th, 1:34 behind the stage winner. In the penultimate stage, Warbasse vaulted up the general classification, finishing the stage sixth, 22 seconds back. Squire was also 22 seconds back in 14th place.

Warbasse endured a memorable final stage. Approximately 30 kilometers into the stage, Warbasse crashed while turning a sharp corner battling crosswinds. He got back on his bike and on the second big climb, he suffered a flat tire. Undeterred, Warbasse again rejoined the peloton on a climb and sped down the descent to join a 15-rider group at the bottom. He attacked that group to bridge to the breakaway. Warbasse and two other riders attacked with approximately 20 kilometers remaining. On a descent, at about 70 kilometers per hour, Warbasse's wheel slid out, leaving him on the side of the road. He remounted his bike, drilled it and finished the stage in fifth place, moving him into fifth place overall. Squire finished in eighth place, 6:23 behind the winner Pierre-Henri LeCuisinier (FRA).

Also competing in Ronde de L'Isard were:

Joshua Berry (Coeur D'Alene, Idaho/Chipotle-First Solar Development Team)
Daniel Eaton (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa Cycles Shop and Racing Team)
Jesse Goodrich (Louisville, Colo./Juwi Solar Racing)

FLECHE DU SUD

The USA Cycling contingent before the start of one of the stages of Fleche du Sud. (Photo by Chris LeFever)
The USA Cycling contingent before the start of one of the stages of Fleche du Sud. (Photo by Chris LeFever)
At the Fleche du Sud, a five-stage race in Luxembourg spanning May 16-20, 18-year-old Matthew Lipscomb (Decatur, Ga./Hincapie Development Team) registered the USA Cycling contingent's best finish, placing 22nd overall and sixth in the sprint classification. All six of the riders finished the race, including Connor O’Leary (Salt Lake City, Utah/Bontrager-Livestrong Team), who placed 55th and Eamon Lucas' (Fremont, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) 59th-place result. Paul Lynch (Colchester, Conn./Team Type 1-Development) and Zack Noonan (Kutztown, Pa./BikeReg.com-Cannondale) completed the five-stage race in 74th and 80th, respectively. Max Durtschi (Sun Valley, Idaho/Chipotle-First Solar Development Team) was in 102nd place.

Check out a photo gallery from the race.

JUNIORS

Driedaagse van Axel

The final race of a three-week block of races for this particular group of juniors was Driedaagse van Axel, a three-day stage race in the Netherlands.

Facing stiff competition among the 200 riders from over 30 teams on very technical courses, the rain and wind made navigating the narrow roads with cobbles difficult. The course included several climbs from the Tour of Flanders.

In the end, two of the five USA Cycling riders completed the race. Alexey Vermeulen (Pinckney, Mich./Bissell-ABG-NUVO) registered the best final result, finishing 14th, 4:47 behind the winner Mads Würtz Schmidt (DEN). Michael Dessau (Boulder, Colo./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) placed 23rd, 5:20 behind Schmidt.

Below are the riders who also started the race for USA Cycling:

Geoffrey Curran (Tustin, Calif./Surf City Cyclery-Sterling BMW)
Colby Wait-Molyneux (Vancouver, Wash./Hammer Nutrition-CMG Racing Team)
Thomas Wrona (Pinehurst, N.C./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team)
Chad Young (Newmarket, N.H./CCB Racing)

Trofeo Karlsberg

T.J. Eisenhart finished third overall at Trofeo Karlsberg. (Photo by Billy Innes)
T.J. Eisenhart finished third overall at Trofeo Karlsberg. (Photo by Billy Innes)
A group of six juniors riders contested the Trofeo Karlsberg in and around Gersheim, Germany from May 16-20.

After taking a conservative approach to the first two stages, the American contingent pounced on the two-stage third day. The third day included a time trial in the morning and a 77-kilometer road stage later that afternoon.

Alex Darville (Santa Barbara, Calif./Hammer Nutrition-CMG Racing Team),T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/Velosport Racing) and Colin Joyce (Pocatello, Idaho/Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team) each posted top-10 results on the day. Eisenhart and Joyce finished fourth and tenth, respectively, in the time trial, while Darville placed fourth in the road race, vaulting the three of them up the general classification.

In the fourth and final stage Joyce sprinted into second place on the stage and into eighth in the final results. Additionally, the team kept Eisenhart out of trouble, maintaining his third-place position on the podium.

Due to his strong finish in this race, Eisenhart has secured an automatic nomination to the team that will contest the 2012 UCI Road Juniors Road World Championships in Maastricht, Netherlands, from Sept. 16-23.

Below are the six juniors riders who started the Trofeo Karlsberg for USA Cycling:

Greg Daniel (Englewood, Colo./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development)
Alex Darville (Santa Barbara, Calif./Hammer Nutrition-CMG Racing Team)
T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/Velosport Racing)
Colin Joyce (Pocatello, Idaho/Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team)
Noah Williams (Wimberley, Texas/Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development)
Tyler Williams (Shafter, Calif./Team Swift)

COMING UP

U23
The five riders listed below are slated to contest Paris-Roubaix Espoirs in France on May 27:

Max Durtschi (Sun Valley, Idaho/Chipotle-First Solar Development Team)
Matthew Lipscomb (Decatur, Ga./Hincapie Development Team)
Eamon Lucas (Fremont, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Paul Lynch (Colchester, Conn./Team Type 1-Development)
Zack Noonan (Kutztown, Pa./BikeReg.com-Cannondale)

Another group of six U23 riders are scheduled to contest the Tour de Gironde from May 26-28 in France:

Joshua Berry (Coeur D'Alene, Idaho/Chipotle-First Solar Development Team)
Daniel Eaton (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa Cycles Shop and Racing Team)
Jesse Goodrich (Louisville, Colo./Juwi Solar Racing)
Conor O’Leary (Belt, Mont./Montana Junior Cycling Foundation)
Rob Squire (Sandy, Utah/Chipotle-First Solar Development Team)
Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team)

Juniors

The following group of six juniors riders are slated to contest Pays de Vaud in Aigle, Switzerland:

Greg Daniel (Englewood, Colo./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development)
Alex Darville (Santa Barbara, Calif./Hammer Nutrition-CMG Racing Team)
T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/Velosport Racing)
Colin Joyce (Pocatello, Idaho/Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team)
Noah Williams (Wimberley, Texas/Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development)
Tyler Williams (Shafter, Calif./Team Swift)

Colin Joyce finished second in the final stage of the Trofeo Karlsberg. (Photo by Billy Innes)
Colin Joyce finished second in the final stage of the Trofeo Karlsberg. (Photo by Billy Innes)
The following group of six juniors riders are slated to contest the Trofeo Karlsberg in Germany from May 17-20:

Alex Darville (Santa Barbara, Calif./Hammer Nutrition-CMG Racing Team)
T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/Velosport Racing)
Colin Joyce (Pocatello, Idaho/Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team)
Noah Williams (Wimberley, Texas/Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development)
Tyler Williams (Shafter, Calif./Team Swift)

MOUNTAIN BIKE

The following group of development riders are slated to contest cross-country races in the Grand Prix d'Europe on May 27 in Malmedy, Belgium:

U23 Women
Jill Behlen (Boulder, Colo./Tokyo Joe's -Whole Foods-Primal)
Kaila Hart (Durango, Colo./NO TUBES ELITE WOMENS RACING)

Junior Women
Kaylee Blevins (Durango, Colo./Durango Devo)
Josie Nordrum (Corte Madera, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized)
Shayna Powless (Roseville, Calif./BMC Mountainbike Development Team USA)

Junior Men
Connor Bell (Harrisonburg, Va./Rocktown Racing)
Zach Carlson (Plano, Texas/Matrix-RBM)
Tyler Coplea (Fountain Hills, Ariz./BMC Mountainbike Development Team USA)
Ryan Geiger (Flagstaff, Ariz./AZ Devo)
Lucas Newcomb (Nicasio, Calif./Whole Athlete)
Shane Skelton (Shadowhills, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized)

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