Devo Wrap: Racing in the Netherlands is no Small feat

Carmen Small takes a swig of water during the Novilon Eurocup. (Photo by Bart Hazen)
Carmen Small takes a swig of water during the Novilon Eurocup. (Photo by Bart Hazen)
Three women's one-day road races in a four-day span in the Netherlands took center stage of USA Cycling's National Development Program last week. Carmen Small turned in the best performances of the bunch, routinely challenging the leaders throughout the races, including placing just 16 seconds behind the winner at Drentse 8 van Dwingeloo.

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Drentse 8 van Dwingeloo

At the Drentse 8 van Dwingeloo on Thursday, Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Andrea Dvorak (Crozet, Va./Exergy Twenty12) were the contingent's best finishers, completing the 141.2 kilometers 16 seconds behind the winner, placing 45th and 57th, respectively. Small and Dvorak registered six and three sprint points to place third and fourth in that classification.

Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich./Exergy Twenty12) was 1:03 behind the winner, Chloe Hosking (AUS). Robin Farina (Charlotte, N.C./NOW and Novartis) and Jackie Crowell (Maitland, Fla./Exergy Twenty12) each finished 4:42 behind Hosking's time of 3:41:15.

Ronde van Drenthe

At Saturday's Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands, four riders from the USA Cycling contingent finished in the main group. Each of the USA Cycling riders finished the 132.8-kilometer road race in 3:39:55, which was 7:54 behind the winner, Marianne Vos (NED).

In the official results, Robin Farina (Charlotte, N.C./NOW and Novartis) was 73rd while Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich./Exergy Twenty12), Andrea Dvorak (Crozet, Va./Exergy Twenty12) and Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) finished 77th, 78th and 79th, respectively.

Novilon Eurocup

A late breakaway spelled the difference at the Novilon Eurocup Sunday in the Netherlands. In the general classification, Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Robin Farina (Charlotte, N.C./NOW and Novartis) finished in the main group as Small placed 17th, while Farina was 41st, just 2:26 and 2:39 behind the winner Marianne Vos (NED). Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich./Exergy Twenty12) placed 58th, 4:25 behind Vos.

COMING UP

Beginning Thursday, the following six U23 men will contest the Istarsko proljece-Istrian Spring Trophy, a four-day road race in Croatia spanning March 15-18:

Max Dutschi (Sun Valley, Idaho/Garmin-Transitions)
Paul Lynch (Colchester, Conn./Team Type 1- Development)
Anders Newbury (Fairfield, Vt./Chipotle-First Solar Development Team)
Tanner Putt (Park City, Utah/BMC - Hincapie Sportswear Cycling team)
Rob Squire (Sandy, Utah/Chipotle-First Solar Development Team)
Lawrence Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team)

The women resume racing on March 16 when the following group of six toe the line at the Vuelta El Salvador:

Janel Holcomb (San Diego, Calif./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif./Specialized-lululemon)
Amber Pierce (Colorado Springs, Colo./Diadora-Pasta Zara)
Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, Ill./ABD Cycling Club)
Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Exergy Twenty12)

The following group of five women will on Saturday be contesting the Classica Citta di Padova:

Kasey Clark (Lafayette, Colo./Primal-MapMyRide Women's Racing)
Robin Farina (Charlotte, N.C./NOW and Novartis for MS)
Ashley James (Dousman, Wisc./NOW and Novartis for MS)
Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO II)
Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)

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