Adrian Hegyvary Laps Field to Win Day 1 of Chris Thater Memorial Series, Coryn Rivera Sprints to 4th
While the men’s squad of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team raced the rainy stage 6 time trial up historic Vail Pass in Colorado’s USA Pro Challenge, the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train also contested the first of two criterium races in the 2014 Chris Thater Memorial Series. Taking place in Binghamton, New York, the 72-lap race started on wet roads after dark, resulting in fast and exciting spectating for the fans. A top-level international field created an aggressive and dynamic race, launching numerous attacks and breakaways. A large crash involving Martyn Irvine caused the neutralization of the race for a short time. Once the crash was cleared and the race was restarted, Irvine was able to rejoin the field but a minor injury to his wrist caused him to withdraw before the finish.
With the race back up to speed, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team rider Adrian Hegyvary linked up with two other riders with 25 laps to go in the race. The powerful trio worked well together and was able to lap the field with approximately 16 laps remaining. Once back into the main field, Adrian joined his UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team and moved to the front to set up for the sprint. The lead out train took over for the final 12 laps and Adrian proved to be the fastest in the peloton, taking the victory for the team in the high-speed sprint finale.
Adrian is an instrumental piece of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team lead out train, often sacrificing his own success to position his teammates for the win. Adrian is on great form, coming off of a recent silver medal in the USA Cycling National Track Omnium, a series of endurance track events designed to identify the strongest rider across multiple race formats. Always the dedicated teammate, race-winner Adrian Hegyvary reflected, “It was awesome to finally get a ride the back of the blue train and see the finish from that perspective. Aside from getting a chance to win–and delivering–It was an awesome race for me because I actually learned a few ways to do my job better now that I’ve seen it from another angle. I look forward to putting it all to practice next week at the Gateway Cup!”
Coryn Rivera of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team also raced the women’s professional race at the Chris Thater Memorial Series, placing 4th in the final sprint. Rivera commented, “I had a good ride and tested the legs on a couple primes, then I got caught in bad position going into the final lap. I’d say it’s a good start into the late criterium season. I’ll start racing with my teammates again at next week’s Gateway Cup, a perfect build-up to Pro Criterium Nationals.”