Devo Wrap: Road season winds down as prep for world championships begins
The road contingent of the USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP) completed its season with a pair of groups competing in races in Europe. A group of juniors contested Keizer der Juniores in Belgium while a contingent of women's road racers competed in Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile-Memorial Michela Fanini in Italy.
The women pose for pictures at team presentation before the start of the race in Italy. (Photo by Jack Seehafer)The USA Cycling contingent of women's road racers was among a large group of riders to protest the final stage of the Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile-Memorial Michela Fanini 2013 in Italy due to safety concerns. Sixty-three riders, including the race leader entering the final stage, Marianne Vos (NED), did not start the last stage of the race.
After Saturday's stage 3, Vos led the race entering Sunday's finale. Kristin McGrath (Boise, Idaho/Exergy TWENTY16) paced the USA Cycling contingent, sitting in 16th place, 6:51 back. Andrea Dvorak (Crozet, Va./Exergy TWENTY16) was 10:32 back in 20th. Alison Powers (Pinecliffe, Colo./NOW and Novartis for MS) and 22-year-old Maura Kinsella (Santa Clara, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS) were in 36th and 46th places, respectively. Kinsella was sitting in eighth in the Best Young Rider classification, 18:50 behind the leader of that classification, Rossella Ratto (ITA). Nineteen-year-old Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS) sat 21:18 back while Scotti Wilborne (Little Rock, Ark./Mellow Mushroom) was 26:32 behind Vos with one stage remaining.
Claudia Haeusler (GER) finished Sunday's stage and topped the general classification with a total time of 11:57:54.
The juniors contingent pose for a quick picture in front of a windmill in Belgium. (Photo by Billy Innes)A group of juniors contested Keizer der Juniores in Belgium from Sept. 14-15. Justin Oien (Escondido, Calif./MRI Endurance Elite Juniors) posted the contingent's best result placing 34th in the general classification, 3:31 behind the winner, Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL).
As the riders prepare for the 2013 UCI Road World Championships, the race in Belgium challenged the jet-lagged Americans with wind, rain, cobbles and muddy bergs throughout the two-day, two-stage contest.
Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./California Giant Cycling) finished 50th while Miguel Bryon (Miami, Fla./DCM Cycling Team) placed 63rd. William Barta (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad)) completed the race 7:46 behind Van Hooydonck and Geoffrey Curran (Tustin, Calif./Get Crackin'-VRC) was the last rider of the contingent to finish, crossing the line 9:05 behind the winner.
Check out a photo gallery from the race.
The road component of the USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP) is completed for the season as the 2013 UCI Road World Championships are slated for Sept. 22-29, in Toscana, Italy.
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