The U.S. team selections for the UCI World Championships were made earlier this week. As was expected, several Team Slipstream/Chipotle riders were on the list!
Danny Pate from Boulder, Colorado was selected for the Elite Men’s Road Race team. After his solid performance in Missouri last week, this came as no surprise to many US Cycling fans. It speaks volumes to Danny Pate’s talent and potential. After taking Stage 5 of the Tour of Missouri, as well as notching a top 15 GC finish, Danny will join other US notables such as George Hincapie, Dave Zabriskie, Jason McCartney, and Bobby Julich in the US Road Race.
Peter Stetina, another Boulder, Colorado native was named to the US U23 Road Race team. As I highlighted in my Tour de L’Avenir report, Peter recently rode for the US National team at the Tour de L’Avenir, and performed well. This, no doubt, helped in the decision to place him on the US U23 squad. Peter is a former U23 US National Champion.
Tom Peterson is yet another Boulder, Colorado Team Slipstream/Chipotle rider who was selected for the US U23 Road Race team. I again refer back to my Tour de L’Avenir report. Tom rode for the US national team in France last week and placed 5th overall at the Tour of Gila earlier this year.
Craig Lewis from Spartanburg, S.C. was also selected for the US U23 Road Race team. This is a great selection for Craig, who won both the US U23 Road Race and Criterium championships last year. There are many who have touted Craig Lewis as the next great American cyclist, and he will get the opportunity to prove himself at the World Championships next month.
In addition to current Team Slipstream/Chipotle riders who were selected, four other US Elite Men’s team riders will join the Team S/C squad in 2008:
David Zabriskie (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Christian Vande Velde (Boulder, Colo.)
Jason McCartney (Coralville, Iowa)
Tyler Farrar (Wenatchee, Wash.)
You can view the official USA Cycling Press Release, which includes the full team listing for Elite Men, Elite Women, and U23 Men, here. (Source: USACycling.org)