Devo Wrap: Podium sweep highlights successful weekend for juniors racers

  
  


(May 20, 2014) – U.S. athletes earned more podium finishes last week in Holland as the USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP) juniors men's team swept the medals in one race and posted a second-place finish in another.
 
JUNIORS MEN'S ROAD
 
KogaRonde Oost Friesland

 
Diego Binatena, Will Barta and Ethan Reynolds (l to r) swept the podium at the KogaRonde Oost Friesland race May 17.
Diego Binatena, Will Barta and Ethan Reynolds (l to r) swept the podium at the KogaRonde Oost Friesland race May 17. (photo by Sara Clawson)
Seven American juniors suited up to race the KogaRonde Oost Friesland on May 17, and the U.S. team dominated the race. Will Barta (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad)), Diego Binatena (Playa del Rey, Calif./SKLZ - Swami's Development Elite Team), and Ethan Reynolds (Boise, Idaho/Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team, Inc.) took the top three spots on the podium, respectively, while Jonny Brown (Covington, Tenn./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team, Inc.) finished eighth.
 
Austin Vincent (Simsbury, Conn.), Tommy Lucas (Santa Rosa, Calif./Bear Development Team) and Eric Oien (Escondido, Calif./Monster Media Junior Development) rounded out the U.S. lineup at the competition.
 
Full KogaRonde Oost results.
 
Ronde van Leishout

The day after the podium sweep at KogaRonde Oost Friesland, Barta, Binatena, Brown, Lucas, Oien and Vincent raced the Ronde van Leishout, a 65-kilometer criterium. The fast and hard-fought race came down to a 12-man sprint at the end, with Vincent crossing the line in second, giving the U.S. their fourth podium of the weekend.
Austin Vincent placed second at the Ronde van Leishout race May 18.
Austin Vincent placed second at the Ronde van Leishout race May 18. (photo by Billy Innes)
 

U23 MEN'S ROAD
 
Royal Smilde Olympias Tour
 
The U23 squad of Eamon Lucas (Pebble Beach, Calif./Hagens Berman Cycling), Miguel Bryon (Miami, Fla./Hincapie Sportswear Development Team), Alex Darville (Santa Barbara, Calif./Bissell Development Team), Daniel Eaton (Mesa, Ariz./Canyon Bicycles-Shimano), Robin Eckmann (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Cycling), Yannick Eckmann (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Cycling), Justin Oien (Escondido, Calif./California Giant Cycling) and Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./Bissell Development Team) contested the six-stage Royal Smilde Olympias Tour in the Netherlands, May 12-17. Unfortunately, the team encountered a string of bad luck throughout the race as crashes took their toll and resulted in only one rider, Lucas, able to finish the race.
 
Full Royal Smilde Olympias Tour results.

MOUNTAIN BIKE DEVELOPMENT CAMP
 
Canada Cup
 
Ten Americans competed at the Canada Cup on May 17 in conjunction with the Mountain Bike Development Race Camp. Five racers recorded top-5 finishes and were led by cadet (15-16) women Kelsey Urban (Kentfield, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team), Emma Drummond (Springdale, Ark./ Team Hammer Nutrition), who took second and seventh, respectively, and Ksenia Lepikhina (Boulder, Colo.), who placed seventh among juniors women. Shea Chavez (Flagstaff, Ariz.) rounded out the juniors women’s competition for the U.S. with a 16th place finish.
 
On the men’s side, Liam Earl (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad))
and Grant Ellwood (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling-Tokyo Joe's Jr) earned top-10 finishes in the juniors men’s division, placing ninth and 10th, respectively. Nolan Brady (Steilacoom, Wash./Rad Racing NW) placed 11th, Landen Beckner (Helena, Mont.) finished 15th and Jacob Sacket (Troy, Texas/Tri-City Bicycles) took 19th to round out the juniors men’s competition.
 
Elsewhere, Richard Cypress Gorry (Brevard, N.C./Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team) placed 24th in the U23 senior elite men's division.
 
All 10 racers, with the exception of Lepikhina, will compete in the second week of the Canada Cup in Baine Ste. Paul on May 25.
 
Full juniors women’s results.
Full cadet female (15-16) results.
Full U23 senior elite men’s results.
Full juniors men’s results.
 
COMING UP

Action continues this week as the U23 men head to France for the Ronde de I’lsard, May 22-25, while the juniors will compete in the Netherlands, May 23-25, at the Driedaagse van Axel.

 
Lawson Craddock finished third overall behind Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Rohan Dennis at the Amgen Tour of California.
Lawson Craddock finished third overall behind Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Rohan Dennis at the Amgen Tour of California. (photo by Casey B. Gibson)
SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Only a year removed from the USA Cycling National Development Program, Lawson Craddock finished third overall behind Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Rohan Dennis at last week's Amgen Tour of California. Craddock also claimed the Best Young Rider jersey. Congratulations, Lawson!
 
MORE ABOUT THE USA CYCLING NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
 
Want to be part of USA Cycling’s Development Program? The first step is getting on USA Cycling’s radar. One of the best ways to do this is by attending a USA Cycling Regional Talent Identification Camp. The primary goal of the Talent ID Camps is to recognize athletes who, at an early age, show signs of potential future success in cycling. Receiving instruction from some of USA Cycling’s finest coaches, the camps also provide the necessary framework to improve the athletes' skill set thus helping them progress in their talent development. In some cases, the Regional Talent ID Camps assist in selecting riders for international competition and/or a national development camp.
 
For more information and the full 2014 schedule of USA Cycling’s Regional Talent ID Camps, please click here.
 
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