Colby Simmons is the team's top finisher as Luke Lamperti and Matthew Riccitello struggle.
Down to four riders, the US team has enjoyed the highs and lows of the French U23 race.
Cooper Johnson also involved in the crash but Luke Lamperti takes seventh on stage 1.
'I’m pretty confident that once we get to the mountains I’ll be up there with the best guys,' says American youngster.
'Anyone who wins a stage or does well overall at Tour de l'Avenir, it’s a big deal no matter what, and it really puts you on the map,' says 19-year-old.
USA Cycling sends a strong team to a race that often highlights future Tour de France winners.
Luke Lamperti joins Kendall Ryan in repeating as elite criterium champion.
Two more rounds plus the grand final can be watched for free with YouTube live streaming.
The Low Gap 'Hopper had a 485-rider turnout with fast action at the front of the race.
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