Winder third at US Pro nationals road race
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team traveled down south for the US National road and time trial championships this past weekend held in the Old City of Knoxville Tenn. Ruth Winder displayed her ongoing form with an outstanding third place finish in the women’s road race, while Daniel Eaton claimed 11th in the time trial.
The US Pro nationals weekend kicked off with a relatively technical individual time trial. Tayler Wiles finished the 23.1 km race against the clock with a time of 32:17, a minute and 50 seconds down on eventual winner Amber Neben (VeloConcept). Ruth Winder claimed 10th place.
On the men’s side, Daniel Eaton finished just outside the top 10 in the time trial with a time of 39:04, two minutes and four seconds back from Joey Rosskopf (BMC), who took the stars and stripes jersey. Gavin Mannion took 21st place, clocking a 39:34 on the 30.7 km course around downtown Knoxville.
US Pro Road Race
After 176.9km of racing under the heavy Knoxville sun, Travis McCabe, overcoming a tough Tour de Beauce where he fell ill on the first day, finished 25th in the road race that was won by Larry Warbasse (Aqua Blue Sport).
Despite a frenetic start to the 2017 pro nationals road race, highlighted by a steep quarter of a mile ascent on Sherrod road, the first real break of the day took around four laps to materialize. Daniel Eaton was part of the break, which also included Ian Garrison (Axeon Hagens Berman) and Sean Bennett (Jelly Belly). They gained a maximum of about two minutes over several laps before eventually being reeled back by Holowesko and Rally Cycling.
After multiple counter attacks and surges from the peloton, the winning break emerged. Warbasse was part of a three-man front group that quickly gained a 30 second gap and held it to the finish.
Ruth Winder finished in third place after a strong performance from the entire UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team, despite only having four riders. The 23-year-old finished behind Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) in a chase group of pre-race favorites. Amber Neben took her second win of the weekend, after a late solo break.
“We had a good early break early with Janelle Cole up there,” Winder said. “That came back about half way through. Neben had a great attack that got away. The group came down to about 10 of us. We did our best to motivate the group to case Tayler and Katie worked hard to bring it back. It was a messy case. Amber stayed away with about 10 seconds to the line. Coming into the sprint I followed the early sprint and finished third.”
The 7.9-mile (12.8km) circuit was covered eight times by the women to total 62.8 miles (101km), punctuated by a steep climb on Sherrod Street reaching a max gradient of 14 percent.
“Overall a good race for the team,” Heal said. “Despite only being four riders, we were in the early move with Janelle. We made the decisive split with Katie, Ruth and Tayler and Ruth got on the podium at the end of the race.”