Mannion slides up overall rankings at Tour of California
MONTEREY, Calif. – The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team battled through the longest, and some might argue the hardest, stage of the Amgen Tour of California today. The 197 kilometer parcour featured five king of the mountain climbs, each uniquely challenging in their own right, before dropping into the Laguna Seca Raceway for the finale.
Tvetcov gunning for a result in San Jose time trial
Initially, team director Seba Alexandre considered the stage to tailored for pure sprinter, Travis McCabe, but the speed at which the peloton flew over the remaining KOMs got the best of McCabe, including world class sprinters Mark Cavendish, Alexander Kristoff and Marcel Kittel, opening up the race for GC contenders to make their mark instead.
“Despite not being able to get Travis across to the finish line we are happy with today,” Alexandre said. “There will be one more opportunity for the sprinters on the final day, so we’ll look forward to that for him.”
GC hopeful Gavin Mannion had an excellent day on the chaotic stage, finishing 14th on the day, just eight seconds off the pace. His result moved him up two places into 19th overall before tomorrow’s time trial, an event that could see him gaining even more time.
Sergei Tvetcov is another UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team rider who could impress on the 37.4 kilometer individual time trial tomorrow at San Jose/Morgan Hill. The Romanian is a two-time national ITT champion and is fresh off a win at the Tour of the Gila, on a course similar to the one the riders will face tomorrow.
“I’m excited to take the starting house in San Jose for tomorrow’s TT,” Tvetcov said. “This course suits me and I’m feeling strong coming from my block of spring races here in the U.S.”