Phinney wins L’Avenir Prologue, Talansky sixth

Taylor Phinney atop the podium in Vierzon after winning L'Avenir prologue.
Taylor Phinney atop the podium in Vierzon after winning L'Avenir prologue.
Vierzon, France (September 5, 2010) — The USA Cycling National Development Program started off the Tour de l'Avenir as hoped; with a victory in the opening prologue. Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo./Trek-LIVESTRONG) won the 7.8-kilometer prologue of Tour of the Future in a time of 8:55 over Alex Dowsett of Great Britain.

"It feels great to pull on the yellow jersey here at Tour de L'Avenir>" said Phinney.  "This race is such a prestigious race and very much like a mini tour de France for us U23 riders. I had a great ride, and am having a great time working with our new director Pat Jonker as well as an awesome staff. USA Cycling has really upped their game for this race and it is showing from day one! We will try to defend the jersey for as long as possible. Andrew Talansky and Chris Butler are our mountain goats and will fair better in the big mountains than I will so when those days come I will be at the front for them hopefully handing off the jersey and keeping it in the team. Looking forward to a great week ahead, hoping to win the sprints tomorrow and Tuesday if it comes down to it. We have a great team and confidence is high!"
Phinney is amongst six riders riding for and supported by USA Cycling’s National Development Programs, including Andrew Talansky (Napa, Calif./Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) who finished the prologue in sixth, only 24 seconds behind Phinney. Ben King (North Garden, VA/Trek-LIVESTRONG) finished in 48th, Chris Butler (Hilton Head Island, SC/BMC Racing Team) 69th, Alex Howes (Boulder, Colo./Team Holowesko Partners) 71st and Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./BISSELL Pro Cycling Team) was 101st.
The group, who have logged hundreds of days of European race experience with USA Cycling's NDP between them, now hold the coveted yellow jersey heading into the event’s second stage which makes its way southeast through France. The seven stage event, considered the U23 equivalent to the Tour de France, ends on September 12 with a 13.5-kilometer individual time trial that is almost entirely uphill to the Alpine resort town of Risoul.
Riding for USA Cycling’s National Development Programs in 2009, Tejay Van Garderen (Fort Collins, Colo.) finished second overall, the highest American finish since LeMond.

Read L'Avenir updates from Connie Carpenter, on the National Development Program Blog page.
For more information, visit the official Tour de l'Avenir site.
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Photo courtesy: Andrew Hawkes
About USA Cycling's National Development Programs
One of USA Cycling's dual missions is to achieve sustained success in international cycling competition. To that end, USA Cycling maintains development programs for all disciplines of competitive cycling, including men's and women's U25 and junior road; mountain bike; track (endurance and sprint) and BMX development programs. These programs provide a structured pathway to the top tier of the sport through athlete development that begins with Junior racing series, Regional Development Camps and racing and moves through to international competition. For more about USA Cycling's Athlete Development Programs, click here.

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