Boswells begin big week with win
The Boswell brothers of Bend began a big week of racing with Austin taking the overall victory in the Junior category of the Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont on Monday and his older brother Ian just starting a week-long battle in France at the Tour de l’Avenir as part of the USA Cycling U23 national team.
Austin Boswell (Hot Tubes Development Team) took the lead of the 65-rider Junior field in Vermont on the penultimate day of the four-stage race, a 60-mile road race that finished atop Appalachian Gap, the highest maintained road in the state. He soloed in 55 seconds ahead of the fractured field and took the yellow jersey with an 11-second lead over teammate Yannick Eckmann of Colorado. He finished with the bunch in today’s criterium to maintain his lead and secure the overall win.
Ian Boswell started the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir with a short prologue time trial on Sunday, finishing 61st out of 107 riders in the 6.6 km test. He and the rest of the U.S. squad finished safely in the bunch in today’s 161km stage 1 road race from Yutz to Lunèville. Next up for the riders is the 151 km stage 2 race from Rambervillers to Bruyères.
The older Boswell, who rode last year’s race in support of U.S. teammate Andrew Talansky’s overall effort, is competing in this year’s race with Nathan Brown, Rob Bush, Larry Warbasse, Joe Dombrowski and Rob Squire.