Devo Wrap: International competition resumes
After a brief hiatus to compete in various USA Cycling National Championships, the riders of the USA Cycling National Development Program are returning to international competition. There are a pair of U23 contingents in action in Europe as well as a group of juniors riders competing in Canada.
A group of four riders started contesting the Giro valle d'Aosta, a six-stage race spanning July 16-22 in Italy.
On Monday, they rode a very technical, 3.4-kilometer prologue. Monday's time trial course started with a rolling two kilometers with some 90-degree turns before beginning to go uphill at a seven percent grade along switchbacks to a castle.
Evan Huffman (Elk Grove, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized), who won the U23 time trial national title in Augusta, turned in the best performance, placing 30th, 26 seconds behind Daniele Dall'Oste's (ITA) winning time of 6:23.65. Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Bontrager-Livestrong Team) and Nate Wilson (Elk Grove, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) placed 40th and 41st, finishing 29 seconds behind Dall'Oste. Paul Lynch (Colchester, Conn./Team Type 1-Development) finished 2:11 behind the leader.
The following group of six riders began contesting the Tour de la Province de Liege Elites et Espoirs:
Charlie Avis (Palo Alto, Calif./Bontrager-Livestrong Team)
Tyler Brandt (Fairfax, Calif./Team Mike's Bikes)
Jos Chalmers (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla./ZMOTION Racing Team)
Steve Fisher (Bellingham, Wash./Lake Washington Velo-Hagens Berman Cycling)
Jesse Goodrich (Louisville, Colo./Juwi Solar Cycling)
Eamon Lucas (Fremont, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
The five-stage race through Belgium began on July 17 and continues until July 21.
The juniors contingent prepares for the opening stage of the Tour de l'Abitibi. (Photo by Barney King)A contingent of six juniors men will begin contesting the 44th edition of the Tour de l'Abitibi in Quebec, Canada.
The contest spans seven stages and includes approximately 160 riders spread over 22 teams from five different countries around the world.
Catch the action on the live stream.
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)
Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./Lake Washington Velo-Hagens Berman Cycling)
Alexey Vermeulen (Pinckney, Mich./Bissell-ABG-NUVO)
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