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VN news ticker: Aevolo, Lux-Sideshow, Hagens Berman Axeon win big at U.S. road nationals

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Aevolo, Lux-Sideshow, Hagens Berman Axeon, Twenty24 win big at USA Cycling amateur road nationals

USA Cycling held its amateur U.S. national road championships this past weekend in Clay County, Florida, and crowned national champions in the Under-23 (men’s only), junior, and age group categories (men’s and women’s) for road race, individual time trial, and criterium.

2021 USACycling Amateur Nats. Road Race. Clay County FL. Photo: Aevolo/Weldon Weaver @fotoweaver

Some of the country’s largest development squads sent riders to the event, and the weekend saw big wins for Aevolo Cycling, Twenty24, Lux-Sideshow, and Hagens Berman Axeon.

Taking the men’s Under-23 road race was Sean McElroy of Aevolo, who won the sprint from a lead group of six riders amid a downpour. McElroy, 21, already owns multiple junior national titles, and he switched to road racing after getting his start in BMX racing. According to Aevolo, McElroy won the title just two months after he underwent surgery for a bust appendix.

Winning the junior women’s (17-18) road race title was Mikayla MacPherson, who led a sweep of the podium by the Lux-Sideshow team, which also placed Kaia Schmid and Olivia Cummins in the top-3 placings of the race. Lux continued its success in the junior men’s (17-8) race, with Colby Simmons taking the national title ahead of Ethan Villaneda.

Team Twenty24 Devo rider Maize Wimbush took top honors in the junior women’s (15-16) race ahead of her teammate Homare Yamashita.

Hagens Berman Axeon took home two national titles over the weekend, with Michael Garrison storming to the Under-23 crown in the individual time trial and Lucas Bourgoyne taking the criterium national championship. Lux-Sideshow continued to dominate the women’s national championship races, with Schmid winning the criterium ahead of teammates Cummins and MacPhereson. Cummins won the individual time trial ahead of MacPherson and Cassidy Hickey.

Twenty24’s Illy McLeod and Homare Yamashita went 1-2 in the women’s 15-16 individual time trial; Cole Kessler of Lux won the men’s 17-18 individual time trial.

Results below:

Road Race

Under-23 men

  1. Sean McElroy, Aevolo, 4:06:48
  2. Lucas Bourgoyne, Hagens Berman Axeon
  3. Ethan Overson, Cinch Elite, at s.t.

Junior Men (17-18)

  1. Colby Simmons, Lux Sideshow, 2:42:11
  2. Ethan Villaneda
  3. Artem Schmidt, Hot Tubes

Junior women (17-18)

  1. Mikayla Macpherson, Lux Sideshow, 2:08:15
  2. Kaia Schmid, Lux Sideshow
  3. Olivia Cummins, Lux Sideshow, at 0:01

Junior women (15-16)

  1. Maize Wimbush, Twenty24 1:46:35
  2. Homare Yamashita, Twenty24
  3. Samantha Scott, VeloSport Cycling at s.t.

Junior men (15-16)

  1. Mack Makohon, Rockwell Racing, 1:50:27
  2. Frank O’Reilly Jr. Hot Tubes Cycling, at 0:02
  3. Ethan Welling, Williams Racing Academy, at s.t.

Individual Time Trial

Under-23 men

  1. Michael Garrison, Hagens Berman Axeon, 38:12:35
  2. Jack Bardi, Gateway Devo, at 0:12
  3. Tyler Fuchs, Elevate-Webiplex, at 0:34

Junior men 17-18

  1. Cole Kessler, Lux Sideshow, 23:56
  2. Viggo Moore, Society Cycles, at 0:03
  3. Ethan Villaneda, at 0:06

Junior women 17-18

  1. Olivia Cummins, Lux Sideshow, 27:27
  2. Mikayla Macpherson, Lux Sideshow, at 0:37
  3. Cassidy Hickey, Twenty24, at 0:41

Junior men 15-16

  1. AJ August, Park Ave Bike Shop, 25:25
  2. Frank O’Reilly Jr. at 0:44
  3. Jack Makohon, at 0:50

Junior women 15-16

  1. Lily McLeod, Twenty24, 29:35
  2. Homare Yamashita, Twenty24, at 0:49
  3. Katie Smock, Midwet Devo, at 0:54

Criterium

Under-23 men

  1. Lucas Bourgoyne, Hagens Berman Axeon
  2. Liam Flanagan, Kelly Benefits Strategies
  3. Ethan Overson, Cinch Elite

Junior men 17-18

  1. Christian Deschamps, Hot Tubes
  2. Asher Tilghman, Lux Sideshow
  3. Ivan Gallego, Missoula Bicycle Works

Junior women 17-18

  1. Kaia Schmid, Lux Sideshow
  2. Olivia Cummins, Lux Sideshow
  3. Mikayla Macpherson, Lux Sideshow

Junior men 15-16

  1. Ethan Welling, Williams Racing Academy
  2. Craig Burford, Velocious Sport
  3. Jack Makohon, Rockwell Racing

Junior women 15-16

  1. Alexa Stierwalt, Ignite Racing
  2. Homare Yamashita, Twenty24
  3. Dahlia Kissel, Ignite Racing

 

Amanda Spratt, Grace Brown, Georgia Williams headline BikeExchange team for Giro Rosa

Team BikeExchange is going to the Giro Rosa looking to race.

The squad confirmed an “attack-minded” six-rider selection for the Giro d’Italia Donne on Monday. Amanda Spratt will race for GC while Janneke Ensing, Sarah Roy, Ane Santesteban, Grace Brown and Georgia Williams complete the selection for 10-day race starting Friday.

“We go to the Giro Donne with a strong team aiming for a top GC result and our ambition is to win stages. I really like this year’s Giro route, it has a bit of everything with a crucial first four days for the GC riders, with a fast TTT start and a mountain finish on the second day,” said sport director Martin Vestby.

“The hilly time trial on day four will set the GC before the last mountain stage on day nine. There are also some stages mid-race where you can’t relax.”

Spratt, 33, has twice finished on the podium at the Giro Rosa. Her 2020 campaign ended early after she sustained a concussion in a bunch sprint collision.

“I have great memories from the Giro. Of course, last year ended badly with the crash, but before that I was on the final GC podium both times,” she said.

“I know it’s a race I can do well in and that I generally become better throughout the tour too. We also have Ane Santesteban and Grace Brown who I think can also do well in the overall, so I think we can aim to have good numbers at the top and play the game in the finals.”

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