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McCabe reclaims US Pro Criterium title

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Travis McCabe (Floyd's Pro Cycling)

Travis McCabe (Floyd's Pro Cycling) (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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U23 road race champion Lance Haidet gets ready for the USPro criterium

U23 road race champion Lance Haidet gets ready for the USPro criterium (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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2019 USPro criterium winner Travis McCabe

2019 USPro criterium winner Travis McCabe (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Travis McCabe wins the 2019 USPro criterium

Travis McCabe wins the 2019 USPro criterium (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Rally UHC set the pace in the USPro criterium

Rally UHC set the pace in the USPro criterium (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Aevolo's Gage Hecht went on the attack early in the USPro criterium

Aevolo's Gage Hecht went on the attack early in the USPro criterium (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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USA Cycling CEO Rob De Martini takes in the action at USPro

USA Cycling CEO Rob De Martini takes in the action at USPro (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Rally UHC set the pace in the USPro criterium

Rally UHC set the pace in the USPro criterium (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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The men's field at the USPro criterium in Knoxville

The men's field at the USPro criterium in Knoxville (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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The men's field at the USPro criterium in Knoxville

The men's field at the USPro criterium in Knoxville (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Eric Young, Ty Magner and Michael Hernandez get ready for the start of the USPro criterium

Eric Young, Ty Magner and Michael Hernandez get ready for the start of the USPro criterium (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Eric Young, Travis McCabe and Miguel Bryon on the podium

Eric Young, Travis McCabe and Miguel Bryon on the podium (Image credit: Wil Matthews)

Travis McCabe (Floyd's Pro Cycling) reclaimed the title of US Pro Criterium champion, taking out a high-speed, hotly contested sprint over Eric Young (Elevate-KHS) and Miguel Bryon (Arapahoe-Hincapie).

Rally UHC had control of the front coming into the critical third-to-last turn, but McCabe dove into the turn and shot to the front then held off the chase from behind in the fast, downhill finish.

It's McCabe's second title, having won the race in 2017, he finished well down behind Ty Magner (Rally UHC) last year. This time, the roles were reversed, and despite Rally's hard work to control the race, Colin Joyce was their best finisher in fifth behind Young's lead-out man Sam Bassetti, while defending champion Magner finished a distant 21st.

"It feels awesome," McCabe said to Cyclingnews. "This really is a proud moment, it feels great. All the highs and lows of racing kind of all comes down to winning a national championship and being able to represent the USA. Being able to wear the jersey for another year is pretty fantastic."

As in the women's race, and similar to last year's championship, the race came down to positioning ahead of three back-to-back corners ahead of the downhill sprint.

"It was a sprint into that third corner, we knew that from last year," McCabe said. "I won it and had pole position coming into the last two corners. It was a really long sprint to the end, but because we started sprinting so early on, everyone was already at their limit. It was just go to your limit and hold it for as long as you can. Fortunately I was able to do that and come away with my second national title."

Without the heavy rain of 2018, the downtown Knoxville course was a touch less technical, and the speeds so high that no attack could stick for very long. Aevolo rode a particularly aggressive race, but with Rally, Floyd's and Elevate-KHS banking on a field sprint, nothing stayed away for very long.

"It was a hard race. We have some incredible talent - Eric Young, Ty Magner, Miguel Bryon - I think the four of us have been battling it out for the last three or four years. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. It was a strong field and you saw that in the way the racing was, it really aggressive the entire time until about 10 laps to go when Rally took control. It calmed down a little bit until the last lap then it was back to chaos."

Young was coming on strong ahead of the line, but was just shy of the win.

"The Elevate-KHS guys all raced really well tonight," Young said. "We gave it our best, and had good position for the final sprint with Sam Bassetti and and me. Travis McCabe made the right and gutsy decision to go from a long way out, and with the number of corners so close to the finish it was the right call. Hats off to him, two crit national championships in three years is very impressive and he’s shown that he’s one of the best bike racers America has. It’s an honor to race our National Championship every year, and it’s been super cool to be in the fight every year."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Travis McCabe (USA) Floyds Pro Cycling1:17:53
2Eric Young (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
3Miguel Bryon (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMC
4Samuel Bassetti (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling0:00:01
5Colin Joyce (USA) Rally UHC Cycling
6Scott McGill (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson
7Stephen Bassett (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling0:00:02
8Michael Hernandez (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.0:00:03
9Brandon Feehery (USA) Project Echelon Racing
10Hugo Scala Jr (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson
11Andrew Giniat (USA) CS Velo Racing p/b Cannondale
12Sean Burger (USA) CS Velo Racing p/b Cannondale
13Quinten Kirby (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis
14Riley Sheehan (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.0:00:04
15Kent Ross (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis
16Ryan Jastrab (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis0:00:05
17Tim Weigelt (USA) CS Velo Racing p/b Cannondale0:00:06
18Jarret Oldham (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling
19Conor Schunk (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson0:00:07
20Alex Hoehn (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.
21Tyler Magner (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:00:08
22Andrew Shimizu (USA) Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator Co
23Eric Brunner (USA) 303 Project0:00:09
24Ben Schmutte (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling
25Evan Bausbacher (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson0:00:10
26Brenden Hardy (USA) Above and Beyond Cancer p/b Sch0:00:11
27Evan Hartig (USA) Project Echelon Racing
28Justin Oien (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMC0:00:12
29Taylor Warren (USA) CS Velo Racing p/b Cannondale
30Lance Haidet (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.0:00:13
31Macen Vanallen (USA) Above and Beyond Cancer p/b Sch0:00:14
32David Greif (USA) Project Echelon Racing0:00:16
33Christopher Craig (USA) Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator Co0:00:17
34Seth Jones (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMC
35Patrick Collins (USA) CS Velo Racing p/b Cannondale
36Andrew Vollmer (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.
37Gage Hecht (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.
38Justin Mcquerry (USA) Team Skyline0:00:18
39Timothy Savre (USA) Project Echelon Racing
40William Gleason (USA) CS Velo Racing p/b Cannondale0:00:20
41Noah Granigan (USA) Floyds Pro Cycling
42Richard Arnopol (USA) Project Echelon Racing
43Cooper Shanks (USA) Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator Co
44Marco Wajda (USA) Project Echelon Racing0:00:21
45Tj Eisenhart (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMC0:00:24
46George Simpson (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling0:00:30
47Ryan Knapp (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling0:00:40
48Benjamin Wolfe (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMC0:00:42
49Dennis Ramirez (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson
50Ryan Kingsolver (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis0:00:44
51Finn Gullickson (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis0:00:48
52Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:00:51
53Maxx Chance (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis0:00:59
54Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMC0:01:00
55Christopher Uberti (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling0:01:04
56Eric Hill (USA) Project Echelon Racing0:01:06
57John Murphy (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:01:07
58Isaac Bryant (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson0:01:08
59Ethan Overson (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson
60Samuel Boardman (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis0:01:18
61Kyle Swanson (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling0:01:19
62Brandon Mcnulty (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:01:38
63John Mccann (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling0:01:39
64Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:01:56
65Brendan Rhim (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMC0:02:58
DNFGavin Mannion (USA) Rally UHC Cycling
DNFGavin Hoover (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
DNFCade Bickmore (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.
DNFTyler Stites (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.
DNFColby Lange (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis
DNFCamden Vodicka (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis
DNFChris Riekert (USA) Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator Co
@1LapEmerson Oronte (USA) Rally UHC Cycling
@1LapJohn Becker (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling
@1LapEvan Huffman (USA) Rally UHC Cycling
@1LapWilliam Cooper (USA) CS Velo

 

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