Going off the radar a little, Phil Gaimon is a rider with a lot of potential. His results in the Mt. Washington Hill Climb (though a non-sanctioned event) show that he can climb. His TT results are pretty good, too.
He's young (24), smart, dedicated, and talented. I am pretty sure he is dope-free. With some more experience and superior coaching, he might make a splash.
1st San Dimas Stage Race, Stage 2 2009
1st Young Rider Competition, Univest Grand Prix 2007
1st Mt. Washington Auto Road Hillclimb 2008, 2009
1st General Classification, Georgia Cup Dahlonega
2nd Overall, San Dimas Stage Race 2009
7th Univest Grand Prix (UCI America Tour ME 1.2)
12th General Classification, Tri Peaks Challenge (NRC 2.3)
Course Record – Northampton, Massachusetts 9 Mile Individual Time Trial
Living in the present, there does not seem to be much hope for the USA in the grand tours for a little while. The old guard is good for some top 10 and plenty of top 20 placings, and contention for stages (Farrar, Dave Z, etc.) but the final podium seems out of reach.
With Lemond and Armstrong winning 50% of the TdF's over a period of two decades, we have become a little accustomed to seeing an American on the top step. Add to those wins podium finishes by other Americans and we were definately spoiled.