(July 30, 2014) – Highlighting a busy week for the USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP), Zeke Mostov (San Francisco, Calif./Hagens Berman U-23) and Will Barta (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad)) recorded top-five finishes and the U.S. took the team classification win in 39:27:24 at the Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins in Canada, July 22-27.
JUNIORS MEN’S ROAD
Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins
Zeke Mostov leads the pack at the Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins.(photo by Christian Leduc)
Mostov led the way for all U.S. athletes, finishing second at the Tour de l’Abitibi, just 19 seconds off the pace of winner Rayane Bouhanni’s (FRA) 13:08:47 finish. Mostov’s silver medal-winning 13:09:06 effort was highlighted by a third-place individual time trial on July 24. Barta took fourth at the six-day competition, crossing in 13:09:16, thanks to a pair of second-place finishes in the early stages of the event. Keeping things close in the top 10, Adrien Costa (Los Altos, Calif./Hagens Berman U-23) placed seventh in 13:09:29, which was propelled by his individual time trial win. Austin Vincent (Simsbury, Conn.) finished 21st in 13:09:58, Diego Binatena (Playa del Rey, Calif./SKLZ - Swami's Development Elite Team) placed 43rd in 13:10:00 and Gavin Hoover (Manhattan Beach, Calif./SKLZ-Swami's Development Elite Team) took 63rd in 13:13:25.
Forty-one other Americans also competed at the Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins, led by David Lombardo (Crystal Lake, Ill./Hincapie Development Team), whose sixth-place finish came just 40 seconds behind Bouhanni’s pace. Lombardo used two top-10 stage results to finish in 13:09:27.
Continuing a strong week for the U.S. juniors, two Americans competed in kermesses in Ireland on July 26 and July 27. Jack Maddux (Fresno, Calif./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team) took third at the Kermesse Geel on July 26, which he followed with a fourth-place result at the Rapertingen kermesse on July 28. Michael Hernandez (Clermont, Fla./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team) took third at the Rapertingen kermesse.
U23 MEN’S ROAD
The U23 men’s road program continued after a brief hiatus with the Kermesse Landkouter in Landkouter, Belgium, on July 27, where Colin Joyce (Pocatello, Idaho/ California Giant Cycling-California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) placed fourth. Tobin Ortenblad (Santacruz, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized), Justin Oien (Escondido, Calif./California Giant Cycling), Torey Philipp (El Dorado Hills, Calif./California Giant Cycling-California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) and Yannick Eckmann (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Cycling-California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) also competed in the 121 km competition.
WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT ROAD
Leading off a busy week of the Belgian kermesses for the Women’s Development Road team, Lauren DeCrescenzo (Boulder, Colo./DNA Cycling) took 14th at the Strijpen-Zottegem kermesse on July 22, followed by Heather Fischer (Boulder, Colo./K4 Racing-DNA Cycling p/b K4) in 26th. Korina Huizar (Roseville, Calif./Vanderkitten) also competed.
Fisher finished 19th at the Erpe-Mere kermesse in on July 25, leading the way for all American riders in 2:25:21. DeCrescenzo took 24th in the same time, while Huizar also competed.
Fisher chalked the lone top-10 finish of the week for the women’s program, taking ninth at the Sint Maria Lierde kermesse on July 26, finishing in 2:18:58, just 30 seconds off Belgian winner Sofie DeVuyst. DeCrescenzo finished 17th in the same time, and Huizar took 25th in 2:24:05.
Wrapping up the week, Fisher led the way again for U.S. riders, taking 11th at the Haaltert kermesse on July 27 in 2:42:29, crossing with the lead group. DeCrescenzo finished with the same time, claiming 31st, and Huizar also competed.
Danielle Mullis, James Mellen, Dominic Suozzi, Alex Horvet and Julia Sante (l to r) trained at the Juniors Track World Championships Camp. (photo by Kevin Loughery)
Junior track cyclists Dominic Suozzi (San Pedro, Calif./Team Winded Development), Julia Sante (Queensbury, N.Y./Farm Team Cycling), Danielle Mullis (Rochester, Mich./West Michigan Coast Riders), Alex Horvet (West Hills, Calif./LUX-Specialized by Cynergy) and James Mellen (Schnecksville, Pa./Sprinter’s Edge Track Development Team) attended a USA Cycling camp in mid-July at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to prepare for the 2014 UCI Juniors Track World Championships in Seoul, Korea. Led by Brian Abers (Aloha, Ore.), the camp focused on preparing the riders for the team sprint competitions.
The USA Cycling National Development Program continues with two U23 men’s road events in France, as Geoffrey Curran (Tustin, Calif./Bissell Development Cycling), T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/BMC Racing Team), Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./Bissell Development Team), Jeff Perrin (Lakewood, Colo./Hagens Berman Cycling), Alexey Vermeulen (Pinckney, Mich./BMC Development Team) and Tyler Williams (Shafter, Calif./BMC Development Team) will compete at the July 30-Aug. 3 Tour Alsace, while Eckmann, Joyce, Oien,Ortenblad, Philipp and Jake King (North Garden, Va./Hincapie Sportswear Development Team) will ride the Aug. 2-4 Kreiz Breizh Elites.
DeCrescenzo, Fischer and Huizar will compete in three Belgian kermesses, beginning with the Kapellen on July 29, followed by the Ninove on Aug. 3 and the Oostkamp on Aug. 4.
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