Mannion remains in second overall after stage 4
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – On a hot, long and flat day designed for the fast men of the peloton, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team had a quiet day in the saddle until the finale, when Travis McCabe powered to sixth place on stage 4 of the Tour of Utah.
McCabe finishes sixth in South Jordan
Gavin Mannion safely finished the 199 km stage in the bunch to maintain his second place on GC, 26 seconds back from Rob Britton (Rally).
“The plan today was to have someone in the break to avoid riding at the front, as we want to save our climbers for the upcoming stages,” team director Seb Alexandre said. “We are second in GC and we want to try to win the race.”
Attacks flew thick and fast from the word “go,” but it took a leg sapping hour and a half before a break of six was established. UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling wasn’t in the move of the day, but had a relaxed ride into South Jordan as other teams took responsibility at the front of the peloton.
The break was caught with 10 km remaining and from there no team could take complete control in the lead out as attacks created a disorganized atmosphere.
“Haedo led out McCabe, but he started his sprint a bit too early,” Alexandre said. “So he paid the price with 80 meters to go when he was leading, but ran out of legs at the line.”
McCabe will have another chance to shine tomorrow on stage 5 from Layton to Bountiful. The 185 km route is more undulating than today’s, but still predicted to end in a group sprint.