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Did anyone step up at the Tour of California?

Old 02-25-07, 08:00 PM
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Did anyone step up at the Tour of California?

Before the Tour of California, Bobby J. came out in the media and said that if any young American riders wanted to be noticed so they could get a ride on a Euro Protour or continental team, this was the time to step up and be accounted for. Who stepped up?

I'm looking at the finishing results and they don't look promising. On General Classification, Danny Pate is the highest placed US rider not already on a Protour team, and he is in the 16th spot on GC. For a former World Champion Time Trialer, this not so mountainous course was an opportunity for him to step up, but I would have to say he ended up staying in line. He has never seemed like someone who wanted to go Euro, but still...

Only three US riders in the top ten(places 3,9,10) of the Young Rider Competition, and like Pate, they are also with Vaughters on Slipstream.

In the Teams Classifications competition, Navigators is the only US based continental team to crack the top ten in 4th. A very disappointing reflection on the depth of the individual teams, plus Navigators has many foreign riders.

In the points classification, US based continental team riders are nowhere, Cozza(Slipstream) in 23rd.

In the mountains classification, US Slipstream riders took 3/4, but a telling stat about the difficulty or lack of it in the climbs is that the real climbers here all finished far back in this competition.

It appears Jonathon Vaughters is making the most of the talent he has available to him. He comes out looking very well. Any others you saw that you would say show promise for the future?
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Jason Donald tore up the prologue. Ben Jacques-Maynes, Ivan Dominguez (Cuban-American, so what?), Tom Peterson and Lucas Euser did great as well. Slipstream and Healthnet were always attacking...all in all a decent showing against some of the best in the world.
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