Team of Six Readies for Stage Races in France, Holland.
By Press Release
Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 12, 2004)–USA Cycling announced today its entry of a junior national road team in three European events throughout May beginning with this weekend’s Le Trophée Centre Morbihan in France. The following week, the team of six will compete at the Internationale Junioren Driedaagse van Axel in the Netherlands May 21-23 and then return to France to close out their European campaign with the Tour de Larriance May 28-31.
Riding for the U.S. Junior National Team will be Chad Beyer (Peoria, Ariz.), Mike Chauner (West Chester, Pa.), Taylor Lane (Cloudcroft, N.M.), Chris Ruhl (Quakertown. Pa.), Peter Stetina (Boulder, Colo.), and Chris Stockburger (Fort Collins, Colo.). Riders were selected for the team based on results from major domestic competitions and strong history of performance.
Beyer was the bronze medalist at the 2003 USCF Junior National Road Championships while Stockburger swept all three titles in the Junior 15-16 age category in the road race, ctirerium and time trial at the same event. Stetina most recently won the men’s category three overall classification at the 2004 Tour of the Gila and Lane was a silver medalist at the 2003 USCF Cyclo-cross National Championships last December. Chauner and Ruhl combined for a silver medal is the 2003 USCF Junior Track National Championships in the team pursuit where Ruhl also claimed silver in the 500m time trial and gold in the points race.
The team will be led by Danny van Haute and will be based in Izegem, Belgium, the permanent base of USA Cycling’s USPS U23 National Team.
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