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Joyce eighth in Deutschland opener

Joyce sprints in Bonn, McNulty second in France

Rally Cycling’s Colin Joyce sprinted to eighth place on the opening stage of the Deutschland Tour in Bonn, Germany today. The result marks Joyce’s 10th top 10 performance in Europe this season. After the day’s breakaway was caught on the outskirts of town, Rally Cycling ushered the 24-year-old American to the front where he fought against WorldTour sprint trains, arriving home in eighth. In France, Brandon McNulty finished second in a photo finish on stage seven of the Tour de l’Avenir while racing for Team USA. McNulty now sits in second place overall.

“Another top 10 is nice, especially in this field,” said Joyce. “We’re working well as a team and building confidence. Robin Carpenter had some really solid pulls in the last four k and Adam de Vos made a beast of an effort to get me into the mix at crunch time. It shows us that we belong racing against these guys.”

In the team’s first year in the professional continental ranks, team director Pat McCarty has seen the improvement and positive attitude the riders now exhibit.

“The entire team over here has been riding great and working well together,” said McCarty. “Colin had some nice help from his teammates at the end, especially Adam. This is a big part of the results. With Colin on form and gaining confidence, we feel good going into the next three stages.”

“The King’s Stage” to Trier on Friday features an up-and-down course, reminiscent of the Ardennes Classics, for a total of 196 km. Five climbs greet the riders in the later part of the stage and will serve as the biggest test to the overall favorites.

For McNulty, today’s first foray into the mountains of the 55th edition of the Tour de l’Avenir indicates he is a top favorite for overall victory in the 10-day stage race. Meaning “Tour of the Future” in English, the race is a proving ground for emerging talent in professional cycling, which McNulty has indicated in spades thus far in his young career.

“I’m still super happy to be second, especially against a guy like Sosa,” said McNulty. “But I’m also super hungry for a win in the next three days!”

Stage one results
1 Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Quick-Step Floors 3:35:08
2 Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
3 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo)
4 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
5 Alexander Krieger (Ger) Leopard Pro Cycling
6 Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
7 Aaron Grosser (Ger) Team Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany
8 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling  
9 Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
10 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy

Tour de l’Avenir stage seven results
1 Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Colombia 1:10:12
2 Brandon McNulty (USA) USA  
3 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) Slovenia

Tour de l’Avenir general classification after stage seven 
1 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) Slovenia 18:52:56
2 Brandon Mcnulty (USA) USA 0:00:07  
3 Thymen Arensman (Ned) Netherlands 0:00:12