Mannion, Tvetcov crush Vail time trial, go 1-2 at Colorado Classic
VAIL, Colo. – Doing perhaps his best ride of the season, Mannion rocked Colorado Classic’s uphill time trial in Vail, with he and his teammate Serghei Tvetcov claiming the only sub-26 minute times on the 16km course from Vail Village to Vail Pass.
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling lead team classification
Mannion and Tvectov start tomorrow’s stage 3 circuit race around Denver with 11 seconds separating the two teammates from first and second place overall. Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) sits 21 seconds back in third.
“Today was an awesome day,” Mannion said. “I felt great from the start and was happy to put together such a fast ride. This my biggest win to date and to have Serge come in second makes it that much better. The team has been amazing these past couple weeks so I’m looking forward to keeping the momentum going.”
Team Director Seba Alexandre said it feels good to see all the hard work his riders have done throughout the season.
“It’s paying off race after race,” he said. “Last week and on day one with Travis McCabe taking the win. Today with Gavin and Serghei. It’s just awesome that the guys can go well now. It was our plan to be 100 percent for Utah and Colorado and everyone is riding super well.”
Tvetcov, who finished second overall last year at the Colorado Classic, didn’t disappoint and providing the icing on the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling cake finishing 11 seconds behind Mannion, making it a 1-2 punch for both the men’s and women’s team.
“It was a great day for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling overall, we put ourselves in a great position for tomorrow, the queen stage.” Tvetcov said. “We have a lot of cards to play we have the strongest team and three guys in Top 10.”
Photos: Jonathan Devich