The California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team capped out a very successful 2013 USA Cycling Amateur National Road Championships in Wisconsin with a bang. Logan Owen won his second title by outsprinting all his competitors in the Jr 17-18 criterium while Sam Bassetti finished second in the Under23 criterium with Colin Joyce close behind in fourth place.
All in the all, the Berries racked up three titles, with Stephen Leece winning the Men Elite Road Race, and Owen taking the Jr 17-18 Road Race in addition to the criterium titles. Bassetti also finished a strong fourth in the Under23 Road Race.
“It’s taken me awhile.” Owen said. The 18-year had been chasing a road title after finishing second the past six years. “It’s really ironic that when I start winning, I win two out of the three, I’m super stoked with it. I wasn’t really expecting to win the crit, I knew that I had a decent shot at it but I knew that I wasn’t the best sprinter here. I wasn’t having too high hopes but I knew that I was pretty smart about what I did. The plan worked out perfectly.”
“The plan was to race aggressive if something gets away and if it doesn’t, then line it up for a leadout for me. “ Bassetti said. “Overall, I’m really proud of the way everyone rode today, they rode super well, aggressive. I’m pretty happy.”
Sam Bassetti sprinted to fourth place out of a breakaway at the 2013 USA Cycling Amateur National Road Championships earlier today in Wisconsin. Outnumbered in five man group that contained two sets of teammates, the lone California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized rider rode smart to make it to the finish line.
“I sat on for awhile when I could because I didn’t have any teammates but eventually I rode through with them, we pretty much all rode together until the base of the final climb.” Bassetti explained.
“Tanner Putt and Nate Brown got away early on the climb, I got dropped a bit and then bridged back up to the two Hincapie guys when the road flattened out and then we came together at the very top of the climb, the three of us with Nate Brown and Tanner Putt up the road. Ty Magner and I were sprinting for third and I lost it by a bike throw.”
Yannick Eckmann finished 14th and Stephen Leece, 16th in the field.
Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? That’s exactly what happened for the California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized squad at last night’s Hood River Criterium, stage 3 of the Mt Hood Cycling Classic. The Berries took over the front of the field with eight laps to go to smoothly deliver Sam Bassetti to the line for the victory followed closely by Jesse Goodrich in second place. The two crossed the line with arms raised in victory.
“Everyone raced aggressively to keep things in check and make sure we were represented in any major moves and getting primes, all that good stuff.” Bassetti said. “The plan was to set up a good leadout for Jesse and I for the sprint and that’s what happened. Everyone rode super well. we controlled the race for the last eight laps. It was super good.”
Sam Bassetti and Jesse Goodrich sprinted to sixth and eighth respectively at the Downtown Silver City Criterium, stage 4 of the UCI 2.2 Silver City’s Tour of the Gila powered by SRAM earlier today. With the help of their California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized teammates Robin and Yannick Eckmann, Bassetti and Goodrich stayed near the front in the final laps in preparation for the bunch sprint.