Devo Wrap: Mannion the man at l'Avenir
The USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP) provides its riders opportunities to compete in some of the most iconic races in the world. This week is no different as a group of U23 riders are competing in France at the Tour de l'Avenir.
After three stages of the race, Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Bontrager Cycling Team) is sitting in 38th place in the general classification as the best-placed rider in USA Cycling's contingent. He trails Alexis Gougeard (FRA) by 20 seconds with four stages remaining.
Mannion finished 21 seconds behind the winner of the 5.1-kilometer prologue, Alexis Gougeard (FRA), who completed the time trial in 6:05.
Caleb Ewan (AUS) won each of the ensuing two road race stages, but Mannion finished with the lead group to remain in contention.
Mannion overcame an early crash to place second in Tuesday's 125.8-kilometer third stage, only two seconds behind Michael Valgren (DEN), who won the stage, and one second ahead of Gougeard.
After three stages, the USA Cycling contingent has three riders within one minute of the leader. Stephen Leece (San Luis Obispo, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) and T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/BMC Development Team) are sitting 63rd and 64th, respectively. Leece is 49 seconds back while Eisenhart is 55 seconds back. Jeffrey Perrin (Lakewood, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) is 2:18 behind Gougeard. Tyler Williams (Shafter, Calif./BMC Development Team) is 4:36 behind the leader while Greg Daniel (Englewood, Colo./Bontrager Cycling Team) is 5:47 back.
Racing continues in France until Aug. 31.
The following group of women are slated to compete in Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche from Sept. 2-7 in France:
Andrea Dvorak (Crozet, Va./Exergy TWENTY16)
Maura Kinsella (Santa Clara, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS)
Kristin McGrath (Boise, Idaho/Exergy TWENTY16)
Alison Powers (Pinecliffe, Colo./NOW and Novartis for MS)
Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS)
Scotti Wilborne (Little Rock, Ark./Mellow Mushroom)
The USA Cycling U23 contingent out on a training ride before competing in the Tour de l'Avenir. (Photo by Mike Sayers)
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