Promising performances in Vermont
Four of the island’s top young cyclists enjoyed a host of respectable performances in the prestigious Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont.
Kaden Hopkins, Conor White, Nicholas Narraway and Alexander Miller all tackled four demanding stages with Hopkins contesting the pro one category, White category two, and both Narraway and Miller the top junior category.
Hopkins, enjoyed a strong start in the 5.7-mile time-trial, finishing up in fifteenth position, however, the second day, a gruelling 111-mile circuit race, proved less encouraging, with a crash, leaving the Winners Edge having to settle for a 76th-place finish.
He rallied strongly in the third stage, finishing 43rd in a strong road race, before an even stronger performance in the final criterium, a nineteenth-place finish, saw Hopkins climb to 32nd in the overall classification with a total time of 8hrs 53min, slightly more than 11˝ minutes behind overall winner Brendan Rhim, who won in a time of 8:41:26.
It proved an encouraging event for White, who secured a sixteenth-place finish in the overall classifications with a total time of 8:54:35, slightly less than 13 minutes behind overall winner Nicholas Wheatley-Schaller, who completed all four stages in 8:41:39.
White, who finished no lower than 22nd, enjoyed his best performance came stage two, where he secured a tenth-place finish, with top 20 finishes also clinched in the time-trial and criterium.
In the junior category Narraway grew stronger as the event progressed, following 26th and 33rd-place finishes in the two opening stages, with a seventeenth-place finish in stage three and an impressive eleventh place in the final stage, to clinch a sixteenth-place finish overall in the classifications with a total time of 6:54:25. Matisse Julien took top honours, finishing all four stages in a winning time of 6:45:22.
Miller remained consistent throughout the event, finishing no lower than 34th after stage one, as well as finishing as high as 21st in the final stage, to secure a respectable 24th-place finish overall with a total time of 6:56:25.
Warwick Academy student Miller returns to Bermuda today, while Hopkins continues to Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, White to Brock University in Ontario and Narraway to Miller School of Albemarle in Virginia to continue their studies.
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