(Sept. 2, 2014) – The podium hunting continued for the juniors men’s road program, as four podium finishes in Belgium and the Netherlands, including a win from Clayton Stone (Anthem, Ariz./Athlete Octane), highlighted the week for the USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP).
Baardegem kermesse (K1 and K2 juniors)
Duquette leads the break in Heerlen.
Duquette leads the break in Heerlen. (photo by Billy Innes)

On Aug. 27, the K1 and K2 juniors squads traveled to Baardegem, Belgium, for an 88-kilometer kermesse. The K1 group was originally supposed to race the day before, but a fire in a building next to where the riders were staying caused an early morning evacuation on Aug. 25, which nixed the plan. The change in itinerary allowed all 11 remaining juniors to roll up to the Baardegem start line. An early move saw Nick Castellano (Upland, Calif./Team Specialized Racing –NCCF), Derek Cote (Burlington, Conn./CT Cycling Advancement Program), David Duquette (Gastonia, N.C./Revolve Residential p/b Pre-Reg.com) and David Lombardo (Crystal Lake, Ill./Hincapie Development Team) off the front. Numerous counter attacks yielded a reshuffling, and in the end it was Stone taking his first win in Europe with Noah Granigan (Cape May Court House, N.J./RACE CF) crossing the line in second. Jack Maddux (Fresno, Calif./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team) finished his European campaign with a fifth-place result. Maddux came straight to Sittard from Ireland with his Hot Tubes teammate Michael Hernandez (Clermont, Fla./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team) after both finished racing the Junior Tour of Ireland. With the exception of a crash that took him out of the Vlaamse Gewesten the weekend before, Maddux never finished out of the top five during his five-week European stay.
Klimcriterium Munstergeleen (K2 juniors)
The K2 group of Cote, Duquette, Granigan, Hernandez and Lombardo raced the Klimcriterium Munstergeleen on Aug. 30. Located on the outskirts of Sittard, Netherlands, and boasting pitches as steep as 17 percent, this was billed as one of the hardest junior races in Holland. Granigan attacked early and built up a solo lead on the group that swelled to nearly one minute. A group of four that included Lombardo and Jonny Brown (Covington, Tenn./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team, Inc.) eventually crossed the gap to Granigan and stayed away to the end. Brown finished third, Lombardo took fourth, Granigan, who won the King of the Mountain competition on the strength of his early solo move, placed fifth and Hernandez claimed sixth.
Klimcriterium Heerlen (K2 juniors)
On Aug. 31, the same group of juniors rode the short distance from Sittard to Heerlen, Netherlands, for the Klimcriterium Heerlen. The course was technical with many tight turns and a climb. Approximately one-third of the way into the race, Duquette went up the road with two others. This group of three stayed away to the end with Duquette ending up in third. A second group containing Brown, Hernandez and Lombardo came across the line just behind Duquette's group, nearly catching them on the line. Lombardo placed fifth, Hernandez, who made an impressive three-lap solo effort to cross with the second group, was sixth, while Brown finished eighth.
Tour de l’Avenir
From Aug. 23-30, the U23 men’s program raced the seven-stage Tour de l’Avenir in France. After collecting top-25 finishes in the second, fifth, sixth and seventh stages, Jeff Perrin (Lakewood, Colo./Hagens Berman Cycling) finished 18th in 24:14:03, recording the top U.S. time at the event. Colombia’s Miguel Lopez took the yellow jersey in 23:54:28, followed by Australia’s Robert Power in 24:54:58 and Russia’s Aleksey Rybalkin in 24:55:12, respectively. Alexey Vermeulen (Pinckney, Mich./BMC Development Team) took 29th in 24:29:25 thanks to a pair of 30th-place finishes in Stages 4 and 5, while T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/BMC Racing Team) claimed 46th in 24:41:31. Logan Owen’s (Bremerton, Wash./Bissell Development Team) Stage 2 19th-place finish helped him to a 55th-best time of 24:46:58, while teammate Yannick Eckmann (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Cycling-California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) finished 83rd in 25:10:44, followed by Tyler Williams (Shafter, Calif./BMC Development Team) in 85th with a final time of 25:13:02.
Full Tour de l’Avenir results.
This weekend, the K2 juniors group will travel to Switzerland to participate in the GP Ruebliland Stage Race. The five-stage race will be a tune-up for the World Championships for a number of the European Junior National Teams and is the last race on the calendar for this group of USA Cycling juniors.
The women’s development road program returns to action when Kaitlin Antonneau (Colorado Springs, Colo./Marian University), Allie Dragoo (Grand Rapids, Mich./Marian University), Heather Fischer (Boulder, Colo./K4 Racing-DNA Cycling p/b K4), Mandy Heintz (Houston, Texas/Fearlesse Femme), Lauren Komanski (Winston-Salem, N.C./TWENTY16 Pro Cycling) and Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO) take on the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, Sept. 2-7, in the Netherlands.
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