McCabe wins US Pro Criterium Championships
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Travis McCabe claimed his first professional championship title at the US Criterium Championships in Louisville last Sunday. Despite having only four riders in the race, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling rode a tactically brilliant race knowing they had several cards to play against other stacked teams.
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling plays it smart with reduced roster
The team stayed out of trouble in the opening laps of the 65-minute race, reduced in time from the original 90 minutes because of delays and dwindling daylight. For the majority of the race, Brandon McNulty (Rally Cycling) and Ben Wolfe (Jelly Belly) were off the front and held around a 22 second gap for more than 20 laps around downtown Louisville.
“We came into the race with four strong riders, so we knew we had to race the race and see what happened,” McCabe said. “Luke (Keough) and I stayed in perfect position and with a half a lap to go I was sitting third wheel and stepped out at 200 meters to the line.”
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling came to the front to help Holowesko-Citadel neutralize the threat and by the time the last lap hit, McCabe found himself third wheel and in perfect position to release his devastating sprint to take the win.
“The guys rode a really smart tactical race today,” team director Rachel Heal said. “We didn’t go into it with many cards to play, but we played all of them when we needed to. We knew that Travis and Luke were both sprinting well, so it was a good race for either of them. We needed some luck and some patience and some smart riding and it all came out that way.”
Eric Young (Rally Cycling) finished second and Ty Magner (Holowesko l Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear) claimed third.
“The team raced great, we raced intelligently and smart,” McCabe said. “It feels really good to come out, and not have the numbers that we typically do at a race like this, but still win. I thought that was pretty evident tonight.”