DEVO WRAP: Owen is a rock star in the Netherlands

  
  


The juniors riders in the USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP) added another jersey to its closet after a stellar performance in the Netherlands. A juniors mountain bike competitor reached the podium at the UCI Cross-Country Mountain Bike World Cup in Germany and the U23 riders continued to perform admirably in Europe.
 
JUNIORS
 
The juniors road riders came away with a jersey from Internationale Junioren Driedaagse van Axel, a four-stage road race over three days in the Netherlands, as Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./California Giant Cycling) rode away with the Cobbles Classification. Zeke Mostov (San Francisco, Calif./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development Team) posted the squad's best result in the general classification, placing 21st, 3:38 behind Brent Luyckx (BEL), who won the race.
 
Owen was the contingent's next rider, finishing 25th, 4:16 behind the winner. Greg Ratzell (Blandon, Pa./Young Medalists) was just under a minute behind Owen, completing the race 5:14 behind Luyckx. Wil Barta (Boise, Idaho/B.Y.R.D.S.) and Miguel Bryon (Miami, Fla./DCM Cycling Team) placed 74th and 75th, respectively.
 
MTB
UCI Cross-Country Mountain Bike World Cup
 
The USA Cycling contingent at the first UCI Cross-Country Mountain Bike World Cup in Albstadt, Germany on May 18-19, was led by its juniors women's entry.
 
Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Whole Athlete) navigated a technical and slippery course under sunny skies to reach the podium, placing third.
 
Courtney had a good start and was in fifth place after the first lap, but steadily improved her position until she led the race briefly on the last lap before ending up in third place in the final results.
 
"I had a great race out there today," Courtney said. "It was a tough field with a lot of girls battling for position early on, but luckily I was able to work my way back on the hard climbs. I felt really good and loved the fun, technical course which was in great shape for our race. I'm so excited I was able to hang on for third in my first World Cup of the season!"
 
Three riders wore red, white and blue in the men's U23 race. Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./BMC U23 Development Team) registered the group's best result, placing 50th, 8:46 behind the winner, Markus Schulte-Luenzum (GER), who completed the race in 1:21:16. Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Factory Racing) placed 87th and Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing) also contested the race.
 
The 19-year-old Shayna Powless (Roseville, Calif./BMC Mountainbike Development Team USA) finished the women's U23 race in 1:24:23, 18:27 behind the winner, Rebecca Henderson (AUS), in the final results.
 
Lucas Newcomb (Nicasio, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) produced the contingent's best result in the juniors men's race, completing the course in 1:15:44, 4:42 behind the winner, Raphael Gay (FRA), in the final results. Skyler Taylor (Mill Valley, Calif./Bear Development Team) finished in 1:19:22 and Neilson Powless (Roseville, Calif./Folsom Bike-Giant) recorded a time of 1:22:20.
 
U23 Ronde l'Isard
A group of U23 riders enjoyed some success at Ronde l'Isard, a four-stage road race in France, from May 16-19:
 
Nate Wilson (Elk Grove, Calif./Bontrager Cycling Team) posted the contingent's best result, placing fifth in the general classification, 34 seconds behind the winner Juan Ernesto Chamorro Chitan (COL). Stephen Leece (San Luis Obispo, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) and Torey Philipp (El Dorado, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) finished 28th and 29th overall, respectively. Philipp finished fifth in the Best Young Rider classification while Wilson also placed 10th in the King of the Mountains.
 
Wilson finished no more than 52 seconds behind the stage winners throughout the contest, including twice finishing within 15 seconds of the stage winner.
 
COMING UP
The following group of U23 riders will contest the Course de la Paix U23 in the Czech Republic from May 24-26:
 
Alex Darville (Santa Barbara, Calif./Bontrager Cycling Team)
Stephen Leece (San Luis Obispo, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Eamon Lucas (Pebble Beach, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Jeffrey Perrin (Lakewood, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Torey Philipp (El Dorado, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Nate Wilson (Elk Grove, Calif./Bontrager Cycling Team)
 
From May 23-26, the following group of juniors road riders will be in Switzerland to contest Tour du Pays de Vaud:
 
Miguel Bryon (Miami, Fla./DCM Cycling Team)
Geoffrey Curran (Tustin, Calif./VRC-Get Crackin')
Ansel Dickey (Truro, Mass./KMS-Start House Cycling Team)
Philip O'Donnell (Suwanee, Ga./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team)
Justin Oien (Escondido, Calif./MRI Endurance Elite Juniors)
Brendan Rhim (Norwich, Vt./KMS-Start House Cycling Team)
 
MTB
The following group of riders will contest Cross-Country Mountain Bike World Cup #3 in Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic from May 24-26:
 
Elite Women
Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./CPT)
 
U23 Men
Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Factory Racing)
Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing)
Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./BMC U23 Development Team)
 
U23 Women
Shayna Powless (Roseville, Calif./BMC Mountainbike Development Team USA)
 
Juniors Men
Lucas Newcomb (Nicasio, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized)
Neilson Powless (Roseville, Calif./Folsom Bike-Giant)
Skyler Taylor (Mill Valley, Calif./Bear Development Team)
 
Juniors Women
Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Whole Athlete)
 
PHOTO
Logan Owen added a gray jersey to his closet after winning the Cobblestone Classification at second overall at Internationale Junioren Driedaagse van Axel. (Photo by Barney King)
Kate Courtney placed third at the UCI Cross-Country Mountain Bike World Cup in Germany. (Photo by Rob Jones)
 
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