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Vuelta a Espana

Americans Abroad: Nine U.S. riders take on La Vuelta

Nine Americans are racing the Vuelta, Joey Rosskopf wins Tour du Limousin, and the women race a TTT and WorldTour road race in Sweden.

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Welcome to this week’s edition of “Americans Abroad,” our weekly check-in with the American pros in the European peloton. VeloNews will publish these updates every Monday throughout the season.

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The final, arguably most exciting, grand tour of the season is underway in Spain, and nine Americans are taking on the Vuelta a España with a variety of roles. Some, like Andrew Talansky have hopes of a strong overall finish, while others, like grand tour first-timer Kiel Reijnen are aiming to be strong team players, perhaps finding opportunities along the way for individual glory.

Here’s a look at where they stand after three stages of racing, as well as the other top U.S. riders who were at a variety of races over the past week.

Ian Boswell (Team Sky)

Working for Tour champ Chris Froome. Boswell sat 98th overall in the Vuelta after three days of racing. He helped the Sky team to victory in the stage 1 team time trial.

Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale – Drapac)

Dombrowski was 52nd overall, 3:17 behind race leader Ruben Fernandez of Movistar, after three days of racing in Spain.

Taylor Eisenhart (BMC Racing)

A stagiaire for BMC Racing in the final months of the season, Eisenhart, 22, was 108th at the Tour du Limousin, riding in support of eventual winner and teammate Joey Rosskopf.

Tyler Farrar (Dimension Data)

Although the Vuelta’s mountainous route doesn’t favor Farrar, the veteran sprinter and strongman is happy to return to the laid-back race to work for his teammates. “I love the Vuelta, it’s the favorite of my three grand tours. Each grand tour has its own character and is special in its own way. There’s this nice kind of laid-back atmosphere here.” He was 157th overall after stage 3.

Chad Haga (Giant – Alpecin)

Haga was 105th overall following stage 3. Unfortunately for his German team, its top climber, Warren Barguil was forced to abandon the Vuelta Monday due to sinus problems.

Ben King (Cannondale – Drapac)

King was 74th overall following Monday’s steep uphill finish at the Vuelta.

Amber Neben (BePink)

Neben was 57th in the Crescent Vargarda Women’s WorldTour (WWT) road race Sunday, which was won by Emilia Fahlin. Her Italian team was seventh in the Crescent Vargarda Women’s WorldTour team time trial Friday.

Kiel Reijnen (Trek – Segafredo)

The 30-year-old from Washington state was riding in 60th place overall at the Vuelta after Monday’s race.

Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing)

The 26-year-old has been on a tear, winning the first stage of Tour du Limousin in France and hanging on to claim the overall victory Friday. He had a more subdued outing Sunday at Cyclassics Hamburg, finishing 93rd.

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Alexis Ryan (Canyon – SRAM)

Ryan helped her Canyon – SRAM team to fourth place in Friday’s WWT team time trial and finished 23rd in the Vargarda road race Sunday.

Carmen Small (Cylance)

Small was the top American finisher at Sunday’s Crescent Vargarda road race, taking 13th on the day. Her Cylance team, which also included Alison Tetrick, finished eighth in the TTT two days prior in Sweden.

Evelyn Stevens (Boels – Dolmans)

Stevens rode to victory in the TTT on Friday and went on to finish 61st in the Vargarda road race.

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Andrew Talansky (Cannondale – Drapac)

After Monday’s first uphill finish at the Vuelta, Talansky was 19th overall, top American in the race. After two tough years, he says he’s back on top form, ready to get a result in the season’s final grand tour.

Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing)

Sharing the BMC team’s leadership with Spaniard Samuel Sanchez, van Garderen was 90th overall Monday. The American-registered team finished fourth in Saturday’s stage 1 team time trial.

Larry Warbasse (IAM Cycling)

Michigander Warbasse was 72nd overall in Spain after Monday’s stage.

Tayler Wiles (Orica – AIS)

Orica opted not to race Friday’s TTT in Sweden, and Wiles rode to 60th place in the road race Sunday.

Tour de l’Avenir

The season’s most important under-23 stage race is underway in France; the Tour de l’Avenir is considered the Tour de France of the future, showcasing top up-and-coming talents. Axeon Hagens Berman’s Logan Owen was the top American after Monday’s stage 3, 13th overall. He has three fellow U.S. teammates in the race as well: Adrien Costa was 50th after three days; Nielson Powless was 53rd, William Barta was 65th, and Geoffrey Curran was 124th. Sep Kuss, riding for Rally, was 106th after stage 3.