Marcotte crushes Armed Forces Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup
ARLINGTON, Virginia – Former U.S. national criterium champion Eric Marcotte shot to the first win of his season this weekend at Armed Forces Cycling Classic’s Clarendon Cup. The 100-kilometre circuit race was a battle of attrition, wearing down half the peloton while Marcotte and his teammates covered moves at the front of the race for Colombian sprinter Carlos Alzate.
2017 victor, Alzate claims seventh place
“We started out looking to have Carlos go for the repeat,” Marcotte said. “We all covered the first quarter looking for dangerous moves. Somewhere around the 25-lap mark, I made it across to a few guys. I committed on the longer section of the course as the higher the bigger teams weren’t represented.”
Despite not racing for almost two months, Marcotte said he felt good and lapped the field with several other riders in the breakaway.
“In lapping the field, the guys took care of me and kept it fast and safe. In the final, I was just passed at the line for the field sprint, but because I was a lap up I had won the race.”
Next on the calendar, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling men’s team will head to Tour de Beauce for a four day stage race around Quebec, Canada starting June 13.