Geoffrey Curran (17) defended his leaderâs jersey on the last stage of the four-day Tour du Pays de Vaud, in Switzerland. He follows in the footsteps of Timo Eisenhart who topped the podium in 2012 after a similar camp with the American team at the WCC in nearby Aigle.
âWe love coming here,â says Billy Innes, USA Cyclingâs Junior National Program Director. âIt is so motivating being in Aigle and in this environment. It is inspiring and the resources are incredible.â
He explained that the US team of six spent the days before the Juniors race on reconnaissance rides, which was particularly important for the stage with a mountain finish, in les Mosses. Geoffrey Curran won that stage on day three, took the leaderâs jersey and held onto it until the end.
âGeoffrey has had the Tour du Pays de Vaud (May 23 â 26) in his head since January,â explains Innes. âThe target was a win and he pulled it off. His climbing ability is very good and the bonus is that we have three guys at almost equal status. They all did some tremendous work on the last day to keep the jersey.â
The young talents were back at the WCC at the beginning of this week where they are combining school work (âIâm very strict about thatâ), recovery rides and preparation for the UCI Juniors Nationsâ Cup, Trofeo Karlsberg in Germany (May 30 â June 2).
The team will leave the WCC for Germany on Wednesday, if their coach can prise them away from the centreâs Supercross track: âThey have met BMXers from all over the world here and now they want to start BMX. Itâs not the right time to make that switch!â laments Innes.
Photo: Geoffrey Curran (left) with the US Junior Team and Junior National ProgramÂ Director Billy Innes (right)