Devo Wrap: Riders back in action in Europe

The elite women, U23 and juniors riders in the USA Cycling National Development Program are fine tuning their form as the 2012 UCI Road World Championships in Limburg, Netherlands quickly approach. With groups of riders competing in France, Belgium and Italy, USA Cycling is well represented worldwide.

U23

The U23 riders at team presentation at Tour de l'Avenir. (Photo by Marcello Albasini)
The U23 riders at team presentation at Tour de l'Avenir. (Photo by Marcello Albasini)
A group of six U23 riders are contesting the seven-stage Tour de l'Avenir in France this week. The race started Sunday, Aug. 26 and continues until Saturday, Sept. 1. Four of USA Cycling's six riders contested the race for USA Cycling in 2011.

After three stages, Nate Brown (Covington, Tenn./Bontrager Livestrong Team) is the contingent's best-placed rider, sitting in 18th place, only :58 behind the leader Silvan Dillier (SUI). Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team) is sitting 1:07 back in 49th while Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Bontrager Livestrong Team) is only five seconds behind Warbasse in 62nd. Evan Huffman (Elk Grove, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) and Robert Bush (Louisville, Ky./Chipotle-First Solar Development Team) are in 90th and 97th, respectively. Nate Wilson (Elk Grove, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) is in 103rd, 9:29 behind Dillier.

In the prologue, Brown registered the group's best result, placing 18th, only nine seconds behind the winner of the prologue, Jay McCarthy (AUS), who finished the 3.7-kilometer contest in 4:15. Huffman, the U23 time trial national champion, finished just seven seconds behind Brown and just two seconds in front of Bush and Warbasse. Wilson finished 21 seconds behind McCarthy while Boswell was 23 seconds back.

Five of the six USA Cycling riders finished in the main group, 58 seconds behind the winner of the first stage, Dillier. Wilson did not finish with the main group, placing 109th, 1:20 behind Dillier. In the second stage, the entire USA Cycling contingent finished with the leaders, not losing any time after completing the 140-kilometer stage in 3:03:38.

In the third stage, three of USA Cycling's contingent finished within 29 seconds of the stage winner, Lukas Pöstlberger (AUT). Warbasse, Brown and Boswell each finished the 152-kilometer contest in the main group only 29 seconds back. Wilson and Huffman were each 8:26 back while Bush finised 8:32 behind Pöstlberger. Brown covered the first breakaway and Wilson rode in the second one. At the first climb of the day, the race came back together before a three-rider breakaway, including Pöstlberger, attacked and rode through the finish line with a 29-second advantage on their closest chasers.

Boswell, Brown, Bush and Warbasse each competed in the 2011 edition of the race for USA Cycling.

JUNIORS

The riders pose for a quick team photo before contesting Omloop der Vlaamse Gewesten. From left to right: Miguel Bryon, Gregory Daniel, Alexey Vermeulen, Geoffrey Curran, and T.J. Eisenhart. (Photo by Billy Innes)
The riders pose for a quick team photo before contesting Omloop der Vlaamse Gewesten. From left to right: Miguel Bryon, Gregory Daniel, Alexey Vermeulen, Geoffrey Curran, and T.J. Eisenhart. (Photo by Billy Innes)
Four juniors riders competed in the Omloop Mandel Leie Schelde this past weekend. Geoffrey Curran (Tustin, Calif./Surf City Cyclery-Sterling BMW) was the contingent's best-placed rider, finishing in seventh place in the final results. Curran used his experience, savvy and cycling strengths to overcome an extremely hilly and windy day, staying in the front breakaway for the last 135 kilometers of the 145-kilometer race.

Check out Curran's teammate, Alexey Vermeulen's (Pinckney, Mich./Bissell-ABG-NUVO) Strava file from this race.

In addition to Curran and Vermeulen, Miguel Bryon (Miami, Fla./BLUE STAR-BOOM Development Team) and Gregory Daniel (Englewood, Colo./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) also contested the race.

Five riders competed at the Omloop der Vlaamse Gewesten, which is put on by Edwig Van Hooydonck, the two-time winner of the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Vermeuelen, T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/Velosport Racing), Curran, Bryon and Daniel all toed the start line. Vermeulen registered the group's best result, placing ninth in the final results.

Vermeulen rode in the breakaway for the majority of the race and placed ninth in the sprint. The riders overcame a fierce pack of racers, torrential rain and unbelievably horrid winds to finish off a great weekend of racing.

On Tuesday, Bryon, Vermeulen, Alex Darville (Santa Barbara, Calif./Hammer Nutrition-CMG Racing Team), Eisenhart and Curran rode five-kilometers to Lendelede and raced the local kermesse under beautiful, sunny skies. Vermeulen, Eisenhart and Darville established and drove the nine-man breakaway all the way from the third of 22 laps and set Vermeulen up strong second-place finish. Check out the race's final results.

COMING UP

Beginning today, the following six women will contest Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile - Memorial Michela Fanini, a five-day stage race in Italy, for USA Cycling:

Jamie Bookwalter (Asheville, N.C./Colavita Racing)
Janel Holcomb (San Diego, Calif./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
Emily Kachorek (Sacramento, Calif./Primal-MapMyRide Women's Racing)
Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
Tayler Wiles (Murray, Utah/Exergy TWENTY12)
Ruth Winder (Lafayette, Calif./Vanderkitten-Focus)

From Sept. 3-8, the following group of six women are slated to compete in Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardeche in France:

Erin Donohue (Norwich, Vt./KMS-Start House Cycling Team)
Andrea Dvorak (Crozet, Va./Exergy TWENTY12)
Emily Kachorek (Sacramento, Calif./Primal-MapMyRide Women's Racing)
Kristin McGrath (Boise, Idaho/Exergy TWENTY12)
Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO II)
Tayler Wiles (Murray, Utah/Exergy TWENTY12)

The following group of six juniors men will contest the Grand Prix Rüebliland in Switzerland from Aug. 31-Sept. 2:

Miguel Bryon (Miami, Fla./BLUE STAR-BOOM Development Team)
Geoffrey Curran (Tustin, Calif./Surf City Cyclery-Sterling BMW)
Gregory Daniel (Englewood, Colo./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development)
Alex Darville (Santa Barbara, Calif./Hammer Nutrition-CMG Racing Team)
T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/Velosport Racing)
Alexey Vermeulen (Pinckney, Mich./Bissell-ABG-NUVO)

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