Luke Lamperti and Matthew Riccitello will spearhead the U.S. national team at the 2022 Tour de l’Avenir (August 18-28).
Riccitello is currently racing as a stagiaire at Israel Premier Tech, while Lamperti has enjoyed a second consecutive season at Trinity Racing.
The U.S. has not brought a team at the Tour de l’Avenir — labeled as a harbinger for the peloton’s future stars — since 2019 due to the COVID-19 breakout. Recent winners of the race include Egan Bernal and Tadej Pogačar.
This year, USA Cycling has begun to bring back several key programs, including a platform for the elite road women, while the Tour de l’Avenir experience will see a contingent of six up-and-coming riders travel to Europe for the key 10-day race.
“We’re re-starting the USA Cycling programs since pre-COVID and it’s been a while since we’ve had everything up and running, so we’ve got the women’s program for August and then in September we have the U23 riders for Avenir. It’s really the only trip that we’ve done all year so it’s really important to get these riders over,” USA Cycling’s Mike Sayers told VeloNews .
“It’s been really difficult, for every nation but we’re committed to getting these programs up and running, whether it’s the elite women, U23 men, or the juniors. Hopefully by next year we’ll be 75-80% back to where we were pre-COVID.”
The Tour de l’Avenir team head to France with genuine hopes of coming home with major results.Lamperti will be a major force in the sprint stages, […]