VeloNews names Boswell breakthrough rider of the year

Nov 23, 2010 by

Bend's Ian Boswell (Bissell) placed fifth on the difficult Stage 1 McKenize Pass Road Race won by Rory Sutherland. Photo by Pat Malach.

VeloNews named Ian Boswell -- pictured here placing fifth on the difficult Stage 1 McKenize Pass Road Race of the Cascade Cycling Classic in July -- Domestic Road Breakthrough Rider of the Year. Photo by Pat Malach.

The recently mailed January 2011 issue of VeloNews magazine names Bend’s own Ian Boswell as the Domestic Road Breakthrough Rider of the Year. Boswell, who rode for the Bissell Pro Cycling Team in 2010 and signed with the Trek-Livestrong U23 team for 2011, finished third overall at the Tour of Utah behind Levi Leipheimer and Francisco Mancebo. Not only did Boswell win the jersey for best young rider at Utah, the 19-year-old was basically the top domestic pro finisher in the race.

Boswell's write-up.

“In a year when Caleb Fairly won his first UCI race at the Tour of Battenkill and Kiel Rijen finished on the podium at the Tour of Quinghai Lake — and road nationals — Boswell’s season narrowly takes top honors,” VeloNews editors wrote in the magazine.

Boswell started his year racing with the USA Cycling U23 National Team in Europe, but he developed knee pain while training in Bend after coming back from Europe, delaying his return to the domestic peloton with Bissell. He bounced back with a win at the Nevada City Classic and a solid effort at July’s Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend.

But it was his third-place performance later that summer in Utah that really turned heads. The Bend native was the only rider who could follow Mancebo when the former Spanish National Champion set off after RadioShack Pro Tour star Leipheimer. Boswell took third on the stage and eventually rode to third overall. He followed up the Utah performance by heading for France again with the national team and supporting Andrew Talansky’s second-place overall finish at the Tour de l’Avenir. Several months later Boswell announced his move to the Trek-Livestrong development team.

RELATED:
Chasing Levi all in a day’s work for Bend’s Ian Boswell, Oregon Cycling Action, Aug. 20, 2010
Who is Ian Boswell, the Tour of Utah’s best young rider and third overall?, VeloNews.com, Aug. 23, 2010
Ian Boswell’s Tour de L’Avenir race report: Stages 1 & 2, Oregon Cycling Action, Sept. 10, 2010
Ben King’s Tour de L’Avenir stages 3 & 4 race report, Oregon Cycling Action, Sept. 12, 2010
Boswell aids in effort that nets Talansky 2nd and l’Avenir, Oregon Cycling Action, Sept. 15, 2010

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