American moves into Ronde de l'Isard lead

USA Cycling National Development Team member John Devine (Dixon, Ill/VMG Racing) moved into the...

USA Cycling National Development Team member John Devine (Dixon, Ill/VMG Racing) moved into the overall lead Friday at the Ronde de l'Isard, a UCI 2.2-ranked U23 stage race in France, with a victory in stage two.

Devine won the 170-kilometer stage from Arbas to Guzet Neige in solo fashion, 1:57 ahead of second-place finisher Daniel Martin of Ireland. The result moved Devine into first place overall with three stages remaining. In the overall standings, Devine holds a 2:01 advantage over Martin.

The Ronde de l'Isard continues Saturday with two stages – an 89-kilometer road race from Lezat to Saverdun, followed by a 24-kilometer time trial. Sunday features a 150-kilometer road race.

Devine held the lead through Saturday's double stages (road race and individual TT). Riding alongside Devine for the USA Cycling National Development Team in France are Chad Beyer (Anthem, Ariz./VMG Racing), Tejay Van Garderen (Fort Collins, Colo.), Caleb Fairly (Amarillo, Texas/VMG Racing), Chris Stockburger (Fort Collins, Colo/VMG Racing) and Kiel Reinjnen (Bainbridge, Island, Wash./Hagens-Berman).

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