The women's U.S. team finished first at the Tour de Feminin in the Czech Republic. Brianna Walle won the yellow jersey. (photo by Jack Seehafer)
Walle climbed the podium in three stages and took the winner’s jersey as well as the sprint jersey at the Tour de Feminin in the Czech Republic July 10-13, while also leading the U.S. women’s squad to the top of the team general classification . Walle applied the pressure all weekend, taking fourth in Stage 1, second and the points jersey in Stage 2, second in the time trial and first in Stage 5, closing out the event in 12:05:41. Amy Charity (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was fourth in the general classification and only 1 minute, 25 seconds off of Walle’s pace, thanks to a fifth-place finish in Stage 1, a fourth-place effort in the time trial and a second-place result in Stage 5. Abigail Mickey (Aspen, Colo./TWENTY16 Pro Cycling) finished 10th overall in 12:10:04 to give the U.S. three top-10 riders in the general classification.
Though Walle and Charity had an off day for their standards on Stage 4, finishing 16th and 31st, respectively, teammates Lauren DeCrescenzo (Boulder, Colo./DNA Cycling) and Heather Fischer (Boulder, Colo./K4 Racing-DNA Cycling p/b K4) added fourth- and 10th-place finishes to keep the U.S. in the hunt for the team win. Kendall Ryan's (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO II) and Mickey's top-10 finishes in the time trial and Stage 5 also proved vital for the American team.
Landen Beckner (front) and Steffen Anderson compete at the International Bundesliga in Germany. (photo by Jason Jablonski)
The Mountain Bike Development Race Camp concluded with the International Bundesliga in Schopp, Germany, on July 13, where Garrett Gerchar (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling-Tokyo Joe’s Jr.) led all U.S. riders with a ninth-place finish in 1:07:48, just 4 minutes, 17 seconds off winner Mark Kindler’s (GER) time. Daniel Johnson (Laguna Hills, Calif./Blackstar Racing) placed 13th in 1:08:48.70, followed by Cole Paton (Cashmere, Wash.) in 14th in 1:09:07. Landen Beckner (Helena, Mont./USA Cycling) crossed 16th in 1:09:17.90, while teammate Steffen Andersen’s (Soquel, Calif./Santa Cruz Development Team) time of 1:09:27.90 was good enough for 17th. Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky./Wood-N-Wave) finished 20th in 1:10:11.70, Alec Pasqualina (Alamo, Calif.) took 23rd in 1:11:07.20 and Soren Andersen (Soquel, Calif./Santa Cruz Development Team) placed 25th in 1:11:58.30.
This week, the women’s development program will be showcased in Belgium with the Arendonk kermesse on July 16, Vrasene-Beveren kemresse on July 18 and the BeNe Tour, July 19-20.
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