Alzate and Keough go 1-2 at Gateway Cup day 2
ST. LOUIS, MO., Day two of the Gateway Cup criterium series, Tour de Francis Park, saw Carlos Alzate repeat his win of the night before, this time he was joined on the podium by Luke Keough. In the women’s race Lauren Hall landed on the podium again, this time in third.
Alzate sprints to the win again in Missouri
The Saturday night win in St. Louis makes four years in a row that the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team has taken the top step on the second day of the Gateway Cup. This also marks the second time that Alzate and Keough have taken the podium together; in 2015 Alzate also won with Keough finishing in third. While we are talking about stats, this is also the third time that Keough has been on the podium at Gateway Cup day two in four years (3rd in 2014, 3rd in 2016, and 2nd in 2017). Suffice it to say that the boys in blue know the finish line of the Gateway Cup well, and were prepared to fight for the sprint.
From the gun the men’s race was aggressive with attacks flying hard and fast. An early break that looked like it might have teeth included Gavin Mannion and Carlos Alzate, but it was ultimately reabsorbed into the peloton within the last twenty laps. With the peloton all back together it came down to a bunch sprint, and Luke Keough’s lead out put Alzate in the right spot to take the win, and go 1-2 on the night.
Tonight’s win belongs to the entire team, not just me. The teamwork was perfect, from covering moves to the perfect lead out, tonight all the pieces came together.
The women’s race was less aggressive, but no less exciting. An early cash preme was snatched up by Lauretta Hanson within the first fifteen minutes of the race. A crash in the final seven laps of the women’s race caused the field to be cautious coming into the finish. The sprint finale saw Kystin Bluhm (Fearless Femme) take home the win, with Lauren Hall continuing her podium ways with a 3rd place finish.
Photos: Matt James / Gateway Cup