Ty Magner Laps Field to Win Chris Thater Memorial Criterium
Ty Magner took advantage of an early move at the Chris Thater memorial criterium this past weekend to lap the field and take overall victory. The long-running New York event was a part of the season long USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, where Magner is closing in on overall victory. Magner, a Georgia native, is now sitting third on the overall standings.
The drama started under the lights for the 90 minute circuit in the downtown area of Binghamton. After a fast start, Magner moved into a breakaway group of 10 riders that worked well together to establish a lead. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team has numbers in the main field to effectively police any further moves. Adrian Hegyvary and Luke Keough used their experience to ensure the move with Magner survived. On such a short course, the move making up enough time to lap the field was an inevitability, and that left Magner in prime position to contest for the win.
In the finale, the Blue Train came to the fore, creating the fast pace that’s needed for the sprint to be contested safely and fairly. Keough took over the role of prime Lead Out man, and pulled Magner through the last few turns and into the home straight. From there, Magner launched the sprint and sailed across the line clear of the other nine riders who had made the early move. Keough and Hegyvary kept sprinting to take the first two spots in the field sprint, which left them 11th and 12th overall on the evening.
Following the Pro Road Tour Chris Thater criterium, the women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team stuck around Binghamton to race the non-series event the following day. With the same field and excited fans back out to revel in the festive weekend, the race was also fast and competitive. Iris Slappendel proved that she had the turn of speed at the end of the race to hold off a charging pack, with the help from teammate Diana Penuela.
Both the men’s and the women’s criterium squads now head to St. Louis, Missouri for the annual Gateway Cup. The labor day weekend event features four Pro Road Tour races back to back in the different neighborhoods around St. Louis. With The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team so close to the top of the men’s standings with Ty Magner, the race will be on to secure points and fight for the win.