McCabe sprints to podium at stage 6 of Vuelta a San Juan
Stage 6 was a 152.6km loop leaving from San Juan with a turn around in Vallecito. Cross winds caused the break away to be able to stay away all day, however they only gained 2 minutes on the field. Ultimately the field accelerated in the final kilometers to absorb the break. With 1km to go, McCabe sprinted in an attempt to catch Jelle Wallays (Lotto-Soudal) but Wallays was too far up the road. In the end McCabe just barely lost 2nd place to Robigzon Oyola (Medellin-Inder) who slipped past in the final 200 meters.
“Since today was a good day for the breakaway to make it to the finish line, the plan was to have more than one guy in the break. We got Carlos Alzate, Tanner Putt, and Travis McCabe into the break away of 18 guys,” said Sporting Director Seba Alexandre.
“I just needed another ten meters, but that’s bike racing,” said Travis McCabe about the final sprint drag where he nearly caught Wallays.
“This week has been great preparation for the block of racing we are doing in Belgium this spring, so I think we are all very happy with the outcome,” Alexandre added.
I’m happy with today, it is a good result, and a good result for the team. I think my legs are coming around, and all the guys have been racing really well. We’ve been in breaks all week long, and for coming from the U.S. to racing in January I’d say it’s been a pretty solid week of racing.