John Murphy wins Winston Salem Cycling Classic Criterium

UHC rider beats Brad Huff and Ty Magner in sprint finish

John Murphy followed up his UnitedHealthcare teammate Coryn Rivera's victory with one of his own in downtown Winston-Salem at the USA Crits sixth round on Sunday. Murphy rode the 'blue train' lead-out for the last five laps, handily out-sprinting the US Criterium champion Brad Huff (Rally Cycling) to take the win. Ty Magner (UnitedHealthcare) rolled in for third.

Aggressive racing was at the fore-front on the 0.8-mile course around Bailey Park, an urban green space in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Attacks flew from the start of the 90-minute men's criterium, but no escape managed to stay away long.

"Our UnitedHealthcare team today was phenomenal. We were represented in every break. We weren't sure if it was going to be a break or a bunch sprint, so we had to be ready for both. We had all our guys ready for the bunch sprint, we lined it out at the end and they delivered me to the last corner, which is what I asked them to do. And then I was able to deliver with the win so we're very happy," said Murphy.

He does admit to a little pressure after seeing his teammate win in the women's USA CRITS Winston-Salem Cycling Classic criterium. "We have super strong teams for both men and women. Obviously our goals when it comes to crits are always to win. When the women go ahead and deliver for us, it puts pressure on us (men's squad) a bit that we have to be part of the bargain."

The dynamic racing led to many riders dropping off the pace as the laps ticked by until a promising move escaped halfway through the race. Six riders bridged up to American Ty Magner of UnitedHealthcare who attacked a previous short-lived break. The seven escapees pushed the gap up to 21 seconds, but the field would have none of it. Canadian Alex Cataford of the Silber Racing Team made the next attempt causing more re-shuffling at the front of the race. With seven laps to go, the field was down to 48 riders out of 108 starters.

With five laps to go in the race, the UnitedHealthcare team lined up at the front of the field with Murphy tucked in. No one could come around Murphy after he unleashed his sprint in the final corner.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
2Brad Huff (USA) Rally Cycling  
3Ty Magner (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
4Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Jamis-Sutter Home  
5Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
6Ryan Aitcheson (USA) Astellas Cycling Team  
7Elliott Doyle (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
8Felix Cote Bouvette (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
9Nolan Tankersley (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
10Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
11William Stephens (USA) Elevate Pro Cycling p/b Bicycle World  
12Griffin Easter (USA) Team Illuminate  
13Thomas Gibbons (USA)  
14Hunter Grove (USA) Cylance-Incycle Pro Cycling p/b Cannondale  
15Evan Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
16Cory Williams (USA) Cylance-Incycle Pro Cycling p/b Cannondale  
17Marco Zamparella (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
18Christopher Uberti (USA) Team Finish Strong  
19Camilo Zambrano (USA) Cylance-Incycle Pro Cycling p/b Cannondale  
20Danick Vandale (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
21Fletcher Lydick (USA) Team Finish Strong  
22Nicholas Torraca (USA) Elevate Pro Cycling p/b Bicycle World  
23Kris Dahl (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
24Jake Sitler (USA) Astellas Cycling Team  
25Oliver Flautt (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
26Bani Eugenio (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
27Winston David (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
28Brad White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
29Eric Young (USA) Rally Cycling  
30Scottie Weiss (USA) Support Clean Sport /Â SeaSucker /Â Guttenplan  
31Connor McCutcheon (USA) Team Illuminate  
32Lance Haidet (USA) Team Illuminate  
33Dan Gardner (USA) Astellas Cycling Team  
34Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling  
35Barry Miller (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
36Uri Martins (Mex) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
37Frank Travieso (USA) UnitedHealthcare of Georgia/706P  
38Justin Meade (USA) Team Finish Strong  
39Eamon Lucas (USA) Astellas Cycling Team  
40Alberto Covarrubias (Mex) Elevate Pro Cycling p/b Bicycle World  
41Ruben Companioni (Cub) Team Jamis-Sutter Home  
42Luis Amaran (Cub) Team Jamis-Sutter Home  
43Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
44Orlando Garibay (USA) Cylance-Incycle Pro Cycling p/b Cannondale  
45Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
46Clay Murfet (USA) Astellas Cycling Team  
47Danny Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
48Matt Moosa (USA) Team Finish Strong  
49Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
50Jason Saltzman (USA) Team Illuminate  
51Edwin Avila (Col) Team Illuminate  
52Zachary Allison (USA) Elevate Pro Cycling p/b Bicycle World  
53Devin Reavis (USA) MockOrange  
54Nic Masbourian (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
55Brayan Sanchez (Col) Team Jamis-Sutter Home  
56Jonah MeadVanCort (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
57Andres Diaz (USA) Cylance-Incycle Pro Cycling p/b Cannondale  
58Greg Wittwer (USA) Support Clean Sport /Â SeaSucker /Â Guttenplan  
59Aviv Yechzkel (Isr) Cycling Academy Team  
60Paolo Lunardon (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
61Joshua Brown (USA) Cyclus Sports  
62Lucas Livermon (USA) Cyclus Sports  
63Jared Nieters (USA) Haymarket/Starlight Custom Apparel  
64Greg Capelle (USA) Haymarket/Starlight Custom Apparel  
65Jacob Hill (USA) Support Clean Sport /Â SeaSucker /Â Guttenplan  
66Joel Taylor (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
67Benjamin Renkema (USA) Team Finish Strong  
68Colton Brookshire (USA) NCCF Team Specialized  
69Samuel Connell (USA) Stradalli/Wizard Racing Development Team p/b Wizard Coaching Services  
70Daniel Turek (Cze) Cycling Academy Team  
71Dylan Cantrell (USA) UnitedHealthcare of Georgia/706P  
72Zac Felpel (USA) MockOrange  
73Pete Custer (USA) Haymarket/Starlight Custom Apparel  
74Falvio de Luna (Mex) Team Illuminate  
75Kyle Knott (USA) Support Clean Sport /Â SeaSucker /Â Guttenplan  
76Ryan Joyce (USA) Cyclus Sports  
77Michael Jacques (USA) Team CLIF Bar  
78Alex Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
79Michael Stoop (USA) Support Clean Sport /Â SeaSucker /Â Guttenplan  
80Ansel Dickey (USA) Astellas Cycling Team  
81Diego Sandoval Arellano (USA) Cylance-Incycle Pro Cycling p/b Cannondale  
82Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
83Jure Rupnik (Slo) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
84Justin Pfaff (USA) Stradalli/Wizard Racing Development Team p/b Wizard Coaching Services  
85Guy Sagiv (Isr) Cycling Academy Team  
86Javier Acevedo (Col) Team Jamis-Sutter Home  
87Jacob Schwingboth (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
88Parker Kyzer (USA) Team Finish Strong  
89Roy Goldstein (Isr) Cycling Academy Team  
90Luis Enrique Lemus Davila (Mex) Cycling Academy Team  
91Dan Craven (Nam) Cycling Academy Team  
92Andy Baker (USA) Cyclus Sports  
93Alex Ryan (USA) MockOrange  
94Philip Wikoff (USA) Super Squadra  
95Logan Hutchings (USA) Elevate Pro Cycling p/b Bicycle World  


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