McCabe sprints to second place at Colorado Classic opener
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Travis McCabe flew to second place on the inaugural stage of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs after the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team had a specific plan to focus on the final sprint.
John Murphy (Holowesko Citadel) nabbed victory after 150.4km of racing on a six lap circuit of 25 kilometer circuit that featured a short, sharp climb through the Garden of the Gods city park.
“The plan today was to go for the win and the team really rallied behind me to make sure that happen, McCabe said. “Today wasn’t easy,” McCabe said. “With these shorter stages they make for faster racing and force the peloton to always stay on the pedals.”
It took 20 kilometers before a break of six got away and got a gap of eventually 5 minutes the peloton committed to chasing.
Sebastian Alexandre, the team director, said the team’s goal was to place Daniel Eaton as the designated driver to bring back the break, and soon Trek-Segafredo followed suit as well as Israel Cycling Academy.
“Daniel Eaton was incredible today and pretty much reeled the break back by himself,” McCabe said.
On the last lap the rain gods decided to come out and play, creating rivers for the riders to race through. However, the weather didn’t change the fact the race would come down to a sprint finish.
McCabe was positioned well behind John Murphy (Holowesko-Citadel), but came up a bit late.
“I think everyone is happy with how the day paid out and we’re looking forward to the rest of the weekend,” McCabe said.
Tomorrow’s stage will be short, yet a painful one for the riders, who will encounter 10 laps of a 10.3 kilometer circuit around the city of Breckenridge.