Warbasse's Toscana success highlights strong week for National Development Program

USA Cycling's National Development Program's men's and women's teams enjoyed various amounts of success in several races throughout Europe, last week.

ROAD

In the general classification of the Giro Toscana, USA Cycling had a very strong showing, with Larry Warbasse  (Traverse City, Mich./BMC Racing) placing seventh, Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Trek-Livestrong) finishing 32nd, Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Trek-Livestrong) finishing 38th and Rob Squire (Sandy, Utah/Chipotle Development) was 51st.

Warbasse steadily climbed the general classification through the five stages of the race. After placing 50th in the opening stage, he improved to 25th, eighth, 19th before placing third in the final stage to cement his seventh overall position.

Mannion led the team through the first stage, placing eighth, ahead of Brown (41), Warbasse (50), Ian Boswell (99) and Rob Squire (103). In the second stage, Mannion again led the squad, finishing 15th ahead of Warbasse, Squire (38), Brown (44) and Boswell (112).

Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Hot Tubes Development Team) and Carson Miller (Bend, Ore./Jelly Belly) also rode in the race.

Click here for the final general classification or stage-by-stage results of the Giro Toscana.

In the Affligem on Monday, April 25, Tanner Putt (Roswell, Ga./Team Type 1) posted the best finish, placing 22nd. Nate Geoffrion (Petaluma, Calif./Firefighters Cycling Association) finished 36th, Eamon Franck (Pacific Grove, Calif./California Giant) placed 45th. Marshall Opel (Whitefish, Mont./Team Hammer Nutrition) and Nathan Wilson (Boulder, Colo./Univ. of Colo.-California Giant) also competed for USA Cycling.

WOMEN

A group of six women contested the Omloop van Borsele in the Netherlands. On a cold day that did not have much wind, there were several crashes on the narrow streets in the early going of the race.

Jackie Crowell (Maitland, Fla./Colavita Racing) navigated the crashes to finish 32nd, 6:33 behind the winner, while Tayler Wiles (Murray, Utah/Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) placed 73rd.

Ashley James (Dousman, Wisc./Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder), Kristin McGrath (Durango, Colo./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12), Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, Ill./ABD Cycle Club) and Alison Starnes-Tetrick (Mill Valley, Calif./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) also competed for USA Cycling.

The race consisted of 177 riders, traversing five laps of a 24.4-kilometer circuit.

Click here for the final results of the Omloop van Borsele.

CAMPS

USA Cycling held a BMX camp for riders in the Junior Development Program, last week, under the watchful eye of BMX Program Director Mike King.

“The camp showed why this program is so important to our BMX development," King said. "We had riders who never rode down an eight-meter start ramp to doing full laps after three days. I was also impressed with our top Junior Development Program riders as they always seem to progress in our evaluation process.”

The riders who participated in were:

Boys
Jacob Abbe
(San Diego, Calif.)
Maliek Byndloss (Cape Coral, Fla./Ssquared-TLD-Answer)
Jeremy Chandler (Tucson, Ariz./Broadway Bikes)
Nicholas Givargis (Chandler, Ariz.)
Beau Gregorios (Long Beach, Calif.)
Tyler Heinrichs (Tampa, Fla./Kovachi Wheels)
Jordan McMullen (Firestone, Colo.)
Kyler Mifflin (Henderson, Nev./Felt-Alius-Dan's Competition-Vans)
Caleb Minthorn (Sarasota, Fla.)
Bailey Olguin (Los Lunas, N.M.)
Hunter Pelham (Woodlands, Texas/Redman Rockstar)
Cole Proctor (Sparks, Nev.)
Cody Simson (Ormond Beach, Fla.)
Cole Tesar (Huntersville, N.C./Factory Speed)
Alden Volle (Penryn, Calif./Dan's Competition)
Tyler Whitfield (Rockford, Ill./Snap BMX Products)
Zach Zito (Sparks, Nev.)

Girls
Samantha Brown
(Griffith, Ind.)
Shay Glynn (Norco, Calif./Profile Racing-Monster)
Kristen Long (Lakeside, Calif./Factory Intense)
Shealen Reno (Phoenix, Ariz.)

There will be a U23 BMX camp this week, also at the facility in Chula Vista, Calif.

The following riders are expected to participate:

Boys
Kory Cook
(Tustin, Calif./Redman-Rockstar)
Jared Garcia (Victorville, Calif./Factory QSI BMX)
Austin Hiatt (Fresno, Calif./SE Racing)
Bryce Hocking (Carlsbad, Calif./Factory Speed)
Nick Koehler (Tustin, Calif.)
Austin Loebe (Dover, Del.)
Jordan Miranda (Bakersfield, Calif./Clayborn)
Nathan Padilla (Lakewood, Calif.)
Blake Paulson (Folsom, Calif.)
Justin Posey (Winston-Salem, N.C./Dan's Competition)
Tanner Sebesta (Austin, Texas/Redmon)
Riley Stair (Folsom, Calif./Factory Tangent)
Zack VanKammen (Lake Elsinore, Calif.)
Johnny Woodmansee (Buckeye, Ariz./Fly Racing-Estrella Mountain)
Tommy Zula (New Carlisle, Ohio/Dk Bicycles-Moley Gosh)

Girls
Alaina Henderson
(Ruby, N.Y./Felt Bicycles)
Baylie Kortman (Grand Rapids, Mich./Speed-TLD)
Keely Kortman (Grand Rapids, Mich./Speed-TLD)
Shelby Stacy (Bakersfield, Calif./Speed)

COMING UP

The following six USA Cycling U23 riders are scheduled to compete in the Giro del Belvedere di Villa di Cordignano in Italy today before heading to the Racioto in Negrar tomorrow:

Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Hot Tubes Development Team)
Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Trek-Livestrong)
Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Trek-Livestrong)
Carson Miller (Bend, Ore./Jelly Belly)
Rob Squire (Sandy, Utah/Chipotle Development)
Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC Racing)

After competing in Affligem Monday, USA Cycling is also sending the following five riders to Tuesday's Hoboken in Belgium:

Eamon Franck (Pacific Grove, Calif./California Giant)
Nate Geoffrion (Petaluma, Calif./Firefighters Cycling Association)
Marshall Opel (Whitefish, Mont./Team Hammer Nutrition)
Tanner Putt (Roswell, Ga./Team Type 1)
Nathan Wilson (Boulder, Colo./Univ. of Colo.-California Giant)

Starting Tuesday, April 26, USA Cycling is expected to send a group of U23 riders to contest the Giro della Regioni in Italy.

USA Cycling is also expected to send the following team of six women to compete in the Gracia-Orlova in the Czech Republic from April 27-May 1:

Jackie Crowell (Maitland, Fla./Colavita Racing)
Jerika Hutchinson (Mount Shasta, Calif.)
Ashley James (Dousman, Wisc./Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder)
Jackie Kurth (Palm City, Fla./Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder)
Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, Ill./ABD Cycle Club)
Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12)

Photo:

Five of USA Cycling's U23 riders competed in the Giro Toscana. Gavin Mannion wearing the white jersey. (Photo by Marcello Albasini)

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