Five California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized riders will toe the line at the 16th Annual San Dimas Stage Race, March 27-29, 2015. Jacob Albrecht, Stefano Barberi, Adrien Costa, Ansel Dickey and Jake King will take on the field in the three-day stage race in and around San Dimas, California.
California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized rider Colin Joyce started off his International racing season with a bang, finishing third overall at the UCI 2.2 GP Liberty Seguros-Troféu Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina in Portugal. He also claimed second place in the second stage. Joyce (20) along with Torey Philipp (22) and Ben Wolfe (21) joined the USA Cycling U23 Development Squad for a series of races in Europe this spring.
The two-stage race started off with a rainy 207.3-km stage from Sines to Vila Do Bispo on Saturday March 21. “The first stage ended up being the farthest I’ve ever ridden my bike actually.” Joyce stated.
The young California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized squad, age average of less than 20, finished strong on the last day of the Chico Stage Race on Sunday, a double-stage that capped off their first stage race of the 2015 season. Ben Wolfe (21) finished third in the windy time trial in the morning. The Berries then successfully rallied around the youngest member of the team, 17-year old Adrien Costa, to protect his overall podium position in the afternoon criterium. Costa finished third overall and claimed the best young rider jersey.
“We’re super happy with best young rider’s jersey, third place overall and I’m even more happy with just how everyone rode together. We were definitely riding all as a team, and everyone was ready to sell out for whoever needed it the most, whoever was in the right position. That was really good to see, especially for early March.” Wolfe said.
The California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized squad at the four-stage, three-day event held in and around Chico, California are Jacob Albrecht (20), Costa, Ansel Dickey (19), Colin Joyce (20), Jake King (19), Torey Philipp (22), and Wolfe.
The Berries are racing strong in their first stage race of the 2015 road season with two top 6 finishes so far at the Chico Stage Race. Colin Joyce sprinted to fourth on stage 1 on Friday evening while Jake King finished sixth in today’s road race. With two stages to go, Adrien Costa is in fifth place in the general classification.
The California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized squad at the four-stage, three-day event held in and around Chico, California are Jacob Albrecht, Costa, Ansel Dickey, Joyce, King, Torey Philipp, and Ben Wolfe.