McCabe surfs to third career Tour of Utah stage win
08 August 2018 01:13
Travis McCabe may have grown up in landlocked Arizona before his recent move to landlocked Colorado, but that doesn't mean he's never been surfing. The UnitedHealthcare sprinter relied on his instincts and experience over the final lap of stage 1 at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, surfing from wheel to wheel until he found a spot to launch his sprint from 250 metres out, taking the victory in Cedar City for his third career win at the race. McCabe's team kept him protected throughout the stage, and teammates Janier Acevedo and Lucas Haedo guided him through the first two of three laps on a short finishing circuit in Cedar City before McCabe took over. "I like to surf wheels," McCabe said in the post-stage press conference. "I feel more comfortable kind of doing my own thing, and so after Serghei [Tvetcov] launched across and tried to go solo, I was on Will Clarke's wheel, which was a little bit too far up.ADVERTISEMENT "I think coming into the last 'K' I was third wheel, which really isn't ideal, but there was a tailwind coming into the finish and I was confident. The first three laps I was safe riding with the guys, and the last lap I did on my own." McCabe jumped off the wheel of Hagens Berman Axeon's Michael Rice and drove for the line, winning with a comfortable enough margin to post up ahead of runner-up Ulises Castillo Soto (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) and third-placed Edwin Avila (Israel Cycling Academy). Before any of that happened, however, McCabe had to make it up and over the 24km climb in Cedar Breaks that reached pitches of 13 per cent. McCabe rode near the front of the group on the climb and made it over easily, while US criterium champion Ty Magner (Rally Cycling) was dropped on the climb and never regained the peloton.
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