Friday, July 5, 2013

Thursday Night Shorts

Nate Brown takes title #2 for Bontrager at USA Nationals 

After tag-teaming the road race with teammate Tanner Putt, Nate Brown still had a score to settle with the time trial. The Tennessee native had won the race in 2011 and was 3rd last year (he was also 3rd in the US Professional TT Championships this May) and with Lawson Craddock out, his road to the title was made easier but still would not be a simple task.

The first rider off was bronze medalist from the road race Hincapie Development's Ty Magner, who laid down an impressive time of 37'28" on the flat to rolling 29 kilometer course that finished right outside of the Trek headquarters. This time was so impressive that Magner was in the hot seat for nearly the whole day. Hincapie Devo teammate Robin Carpenter was the first to come remotely near Magner's time with a 37'50", which put him in a provisional 2nd place. Next to come closer was Colorado rider Andrew Hemesath (PrimalWear-McDonald-Audi), who went six seconds faster than Carpenter but was still 16 seconds off the time laid down by Magner.

 Nearly an hour after Magner had set off, Nate Brown launched down the start ramp and proceeded to smash the course, posting the only time under 37 minutes with a 36'59", a time which was topped by only two elite men's riders. Five riders set off after Brown but none of them could touch him. Steven Perezluha (AG Bicycles - Guttenplan Coaching), who showed promise with his Cat.1-2 overall win at the Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas earlier this year, finished 3rd at just 10 seconds off of Magner's 2nd place time. T.J. Eisenhart (BMC Development) finished up well with a 4th place, four seconds off Perezluha, to go with his 8th place in the road race yesterday.

  1. Nate Brown (Bontrager CT) 36'59"
  2. Ty Magner (Hincapie Development) +29"
  3. Steven Perezluha (AG Bicycles-Guttenplan Coaching) +39"
  4. T.J. Eisenhart (BMC Develpoment) +43"
  5. Andrew Hemesath (PrimalWear-McDonald-Audi) +45"
  6. Robin Carpenter (Hincapie Development) +51"
  7. Eamon Franck (CalGiant) +52"
  8. Gregory Daniel (Bontrager CT) +1'04"
  9. Zack Noonan ( +1'09"
  10. Robin Eckmann (CalGiant) +1'10"

Teams announced for Giro Ciclisto della Valle d'Aosta-Mont Blanc

Next to the Tour de l'Avenir, the Giro della Valle d'Aosta is the most prestigious stage race for U23 cyclists and this year, the race will feature a prologue and five road stages, two of which will be in and around the French town of Châtel. The 22-team lineup will consist of half Italian amateur teams and a group of foreign squads including continental, amateur and national teams.

The lucky 22 are...
  1. Team Palazaggo
  2. Petroli Firenze
  3. Colpack
  4. Zalf-Eruomobil
  5. Trevigiani Dynamon Bottoli
  6. General Store
  7. Overall Cycling Team
  8. ASD Cerone
  9. Gallina Eurofeed
  10. Vejus-TMF
  11. Haute-Savoie-Rhône-Alpes
  12. Chambéry CF
  13. Lotto-Belisol U23
  14. EFC-OPQS
  15. Ventilair-Steria
  16. Lokosphinx
  17. Euskadi
  18. Astana CT
  19. BMC Development
  20. Thüringer Energie
  21. Swiss National Team
  22. Russian National Team
The race starts next Tuesday, the 9th, and runs through the 14th. A full course preview should be up relatively soon but no idea when there will be a full startlist available. Here is the full race guide along with route profiles and information about the race.

Transfer News

Directvelo has listed many French riders that will be getting stagiaire roles this summer
  • Rudy Barbier will stagiaire (trainee) with Roubaix-Lille Métropole. The Frenchman has two wins to his name this year riding for the Armée de Terre (French Army) including a stage at the UCI 2.2 Paris-Arras stage race.
  • Alexandre Billon and Yannis Yssaad will stagiaire with BigMat-Auber93. Both have been riding on the team's feeder squad, C.M. Aubervilliers 93. Billon was 12th overall in the 2.2 Tour of Gironde along with two top 5 stage placings. Yssaad stagiaired with the team last year and has multiple top placings in the French amateur scene.
  • Europcar has gone with three stagiaires this summer, all of whom come from their feeder team Vendée U. Former junior world champion Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier, Romain Guillemois and Julien Morice will be joining the green team in August. Lecuisinier is pegged by many as one of France's big hopes for the future, especially in the classics and in time trials. Guillemois recently won a stage in Boucles de la Mayenne and finished 7th in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege U23. Both of these riders were stagiaires with the team last year. Morice was French University champion in the time trial and will be at the European Track Championships.
  • Clément Saint-Martin will stagiaire with La Pomme Marseille. Saint-Martin was 2nd in the French Amateur Championships and has been riding for the Oceane U-Top 16 team out of Poitou-Charentes on France's west-central coast.
  • Former junior World Champion Olivier Le Gac (BIC 2000) will stagiaire with FDJ. Currently 19, Le Gac is still a university student but was able to take a win in the Boucles de l'Essor earlier this year.

-Elmar Reinders (Metec-TKH) underwent testing with Lotto-Belisol, according to, and will hear about a possible stagiaire role and/or professional contract after the Tour de France.

-Yoann Barbas (Armée de Terre) will stagiaire with Ag2r-La Mondiale, according to

-According to Polish tweeter Pawel Gadzala (@8aldwin), Pawel Poljanski will probably ride as a stagiaire for Saxo-Tinkoff. Poljanski experienced a turbulent season as the team he was supposed to ride for, Italian Pro Continental Vini Fantini, did not have money to register him and therefore he was stuck in limbo for the first half of the season.

-Het Nieuwsblad reported that Louis Verhelst (Etixx-iHNed) will definitely be going to the pro ranks next year but to which team is still the mystery. The article suggests that Cofidis has been really going after him. Cofidis is the home to Belgians Jan Ghyselinck, Romain Zingle, Nico Sijmens and Edwig Cammaerts.

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