Boswell aids in effort that nets Talansky 2nd at L’Avenir
Ian Boswell graduated from Bend’s Summit High School in 2009 and races with the USA Cycling U23 National Team and the Bissell Pro Cycling Team. (Boswell has signed with Trek-Livestrong for 2011). Last week he was in France at the Tour de L’Avenir, where his teammate Andrew Talansky was fighting for the overall win. USA rider Taylor Phinney won the prologue and started stage 1 in yellow but lost the jersey after a bad crash. With help from Boswell and Team USA, Talansky climbed his way back into 2nd after flatting and losing time on an early stage.
RISOUL, France — Riding for the USA Cycling National Development Program, Andrew Talansky (Napa, Calif./Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) finished second overall in the Tour de l’Avenir in France. Talansky finished second in Sunday’s seventh and final stage to move into second overall, 1:44 behind Columbia’s Quintina Rojas who secured the yellow jersey. Chris Butler (Hilton Head Island, SC/BMC Racing Team) also finished inside the top 20 for the U.S. squad in 18th overall.
The six member USA Cycling National Development squad finished the race considered one of the world’s top U23 events exactly as they started it – strong. After finishing third in stage three, Talansky jumped back into the top 10 overall after finishing second place in the mountainous 204-kilometer sixth stage from Saillans to Risoul on Saturday. Only 57 seconds out of the yellow after six stages, Talansky posted a time of 34:23 over the 13.5-kilometer final time trial; only 47 seconds behind the stage winner and good enough for second place. The final stage winner however happened to be overall leader Rojas who maintained his GC lead and secured the yellow jersey; 1:44 ahead of Talansky. (Read Team USA rider Ben King’s stage 5, 6 & 7 post).
The American squad started off the event, which translates as the Tour of the Future, with a victory by Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo./Trek-LIVESTRONG) in the opening prologue. After falling victim to the rain-slicked French roads in stage two, Phinney persevered to finish 91st overall.
Six total young cyclists contested the event for and supported by USA Cycling’s National Development Programs, including Ben King (North Garden, VA/Trek-LIVESTRONG) who finished 49th overall. Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./BISSELL Pro Cycling Team) finished 87th and Alex Howes (Boulder, Colo./Team Holowesko Partners) 90th all riding selflessly in support of Talansky.
“I led the charge until complete failure and got out of the way,” explained Ben King of the team’s efforts 30-kilometers from the crucial Col du Risoul, the finishing 12-kilometer climb of the pivotal stage six. “Taylor took over next, then Howes. One by one, we unleashed ourselves until only 30 riders remained to start the climb. Once again, we domestiques nursed ourselves to the finish, and once again Talansky rewarded our work with a second place moving into 6th overall. Our plan worked!”
Riding for USA Cycling’s National Development Program in 2009, Tejay Van Garderen (Fort Collins, Colo.) finished second overall in the Tour de l’Avenir, the highest American finish since Greg LeMond.
(Submitted by USA Cycling)
Tour de l’Avenir draws world’s top U23 talent to France, USA Cycling
Phinney wins l’Avenir prologue, USA Cycling
Ian Boswell’s Tour de L’Avenir race report: Stages 1 & 2, Oregon Cycling Action, Sept. 10
Ben King’s Tour de L’Avenir stages 3 & 4 race report, Oregon Cycling Action, Sept. 12
Chasing Levi all in a day’s work for Bend’s Ian Boswell, Oregon Cycling Action, Aug. 20