McCabe wins sprint crown at Colorado Classic, second on final day
DENVER – Travis McCabe led the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team to two second places and one third over the tough four-day race at altitude at inaugural Colorado Classic this week.
On the last flat and fast 120km finale, featuring ten 12-km circuits around the downtown area of Denver, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team worked together to deliver McCabe across the line for the inevitable bunch gallop. In a pre-race interview, McCabe said he valued seasoned veteran and teammate Greg Henderson for his lead out skills, along with the rest of the team whose job it was to keep tabs on the situation and make sure it was the best scenario possible for their sprinter.
“I’m definitely happy winning the sprint jersey,” McCabe said after the race. “It shows the consistency that I have. I feel like I rode great all weekend and am feeling strong after the Tour of Utah, but I’m a little disappointed to not come away with the win. Two second places and a third is great, but yeah, it’s a little bittersweet.”
Overall, the first edition of the Colorado Classic was successful. UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling enjoyed a diverse parcours and plenty of fans along the way.
“I think the race was great,” McCabe said. “Seeing the amount of people who are out at this race. Colorado is a cycling state and everyone is out there cheering you on. It makes for a great environment. The people that we saw on Moonstone were incredible. The fans are great and I think it’s a very cool venue that they have set up. I think there will be a lot of growth in the future. The shorter stage races make for a more dynamic racing style and format that you don’t really see over in Europe.”
The team leaves the final stage of the Colorado Classic in high spirits, proud of what they accomplished, but hungry for more.