Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tour de Langkawi Stage 2 Gerik Finish and podium photos

Travis McCabe ruins Gibbons and Pozzato’s dreams

 GERIK : American outfit Unitedhealthcare continued its winning streak at Le Tour de Langkawi with Travis McCabe outsprinting Filippo Pozzato and Ryan Gibbons who became the new race leader on the slightly downhill finish in Gerik in the state of Perak in northern Malaysia. They previously won a stage in 2014 with Bradley White and in 2016 with John Murphy.   LTdL17 Stg2 Gerik 1st Travi

 Exactly like Murphy one year ago, McCabe lined up at LTdL fresh from a stage win at the Herald Sun Tour in Australia. “We came here with the ambition to win”, the American sprinter said at the post-race press conference. “We really wanted to work on the lead out train that we have. I wasn’t trying to fill the shoes of Murphy but it’s great to do the same as him. For me, today, it was all about patience. We showed yesterday that we had the lead out train and the power to take me to the line but I made a mistake by going way too early. Today I went into a small break before the category 1 climb to make it easier when Manzana really hit it on the climb.”

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Rally Cycling's Brandon McNulty to Make Professional Debut in Portugal as Team Divides Its Efforts Between Europe and California

Team Continues European Campaign at Volta Alentejo, Starts North American Season in Chico

Rally Cycling will race on two continents this week with a European contingent tackling the Volta Alentejo (UCI 2.1) in Portugal, and a six man squad kicking off the 2017 domestic season at the Chico Stage Race. The Volta Alentejo will mark the professional debut of Junior World Time Trial Champion Brandon McNulty. The young 18-year-old will be keen to show himself in the European peloton after a stellar junior career that included numerous national titles and a rainbow jersey.

Brandon McNultyBrandon McNulty will make his professional debut on the roads of Portugal

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USA Cycling Domestic Struggles

Domestic Teams Chime in on AMGEN Tour of California Success

Rebecca Reza

USA Cycling domestic calendar continues to struggle with races coming and going, while staples such as the Tour of the Gila, struggle each year to continue. Heading into the final day of the 11th edition of the AMGEN Tour of California, USCR spoke with several directors and riders from the domestic peloton to ask about the significance of the race having lost the USA Pro Cycling Challenge this year.

cavendish wins St8 AToCMark Cavendish wins final stage of 2016 Amgen Tour of California.  Photo by Danny Heilprin

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Tom Zirbel Breaks American Hour Record

Rally Cycling Rider Ends Career with New Standard of 53.037 Kilometers

Tom Zirbel smashed the American hour record today in Aguascalientes, Mexico. In his final event as a professional cyclist, Zirbel powered around the velodrome to set a new standard of 53.037 kilometers (32.95 miles). Zirbel topped the almost two-decade old record of 51.505 kilometer set by Norm Alvis in 1997. In setting the American Hour record, Zirbel also set the second fastest hour record time in the world.

Tom Zirbel US Hour Record 2016

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UnitedHealthcare's Racing Update

UnitedHealthcare's Brad White Wins Wilmington Grand Prix

Brad White made it three victories in three years at the Wilmington Grand Prix on Saturday, as the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team rider soloed to the line in the pouring rain. White credited his tires and plenty of hours of foul weather training as critical factors in the win. White talked about the victory after a standout performance, "I couldn't be more excited to take my third win in a row at the Wilmington Grand Prix. It's a great race with a good atmosphere and hard course."

Brad White

The race started in the sunshine, but the weather turned about 10 minutes into the action. Soon, the wind was blowing and the rain began. The treacherous conditions reduced the front group to just 20 riders. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team moved to the front of the pack to protect White, and picked up the pace in the process. White took this opportunity to attack, taking four riders with him. The break established itself, and with teammates covering every move behind him, White was able to focus on working towards the win.

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