Magner wins US Pro Criterium Championships in Knoxville

Ty Magner capped a dominant performance by Rally Cycling Friday at the US Pro Criterium Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee, winning the bunch kick ahead of teammate Eric Young in a one-two finish for the Pro Continental team. Sam Bassetti (Elevate-KHS) was third.

Rally held the field together throughout the 90-minute race, then delivered Magner and Young into the final corners, where Young, who won the criterium title in 2011 and 2013, was the team's second option behind his younger teammate.

Magner took care of business, however, attacking on a final uphill with about 400 metres to go and closing the door on Holowesko-Citadel's John Murphy and Miguel Bryon in the last corner, allowing Young to slip past and cutting off the Holowesko riders' momentum.

"Murph was definitely kind of mad at me," Magner told Cyclingnews in the finishing straight. "We're good friends, and I told him he would have done the same thing. It's only 100 metres to the line out of that last corner, so the race is into those last two corners. It's a hard thing to do, but I think it was pretty fair."

Throughout the day, Rally's Robin Carpenter infiltrated or shut down nearly every move that went up the road. Kyle Muprhy helped Carpenter weld everything back together, and then Huff and Young took over in the finale to usher Magner to the front.

Magner said the team was "everything" in his win.

"You can't do it on your own," he said. "You have to have a strong team. We had two of our best climbers out there controlling the race, and seeing guys like that work for you, that just gives you all the more confidence to try and make something special out of it."

While Magner was praising his team, his teammates were returning the accolades.

"It was a good race the whole time, but we were waiting for that last half lap because we knew that's where the race was," Young told Cyclingnews. "Ty was awesome all day. He really earned this win. He went all the way from the bridge there and just totally owned the race the last half lap."

Rally's Brad Huff, a former criterium champion himself, also heaped praise on Magner.

"It was just an amazing ride for Ty," Huff said. "He's been working so hard this year. I'm just so happy for him. He's the consummate teammate. He's just a great human being and I'm so happy to see him win."

How it unfolded

The men's criterium took place on a 1.8km course in downtown Knoxville. Six corners and some gentle climbs dotted the course, but the wide-open roads and slightly downhill finish made for fast racing that shut down most breakaway attempts after less than a lap out front.

The rain that came down for most of the women's race stopped by the time the men started, only adding to the speed the peloton was able to unleash on the course.

While attacks were frequent and went on almost every lap, nothing could stick. Ben Schmutte (1st Internet Bank) attacked with 10 laps to go and held his slight advantage for two laps, but he was soon back in the fold as well.

With five to go a group of about eight riders dangled off the front, but the bunch was back together on the next lap. Aevolo's Tyler Stites tried a move with four to go, but that was also shortlived. A different group was off the front with three to go, but the field was back together as thy crossed the start finish with two laps remaining.

From there, it was all about the bunch kick as Carpenter went to the front and set a pace that had the field lined out down most of the finishing straight.

Eric Marcotte (UnitedHealthcare) attacked hard into the final lap and led until Huff came over the top of him and led into the final few corners, where the Holowesko riders and Magner overtook him. Magner then launched with about 400 metres to go, jumping in front of the Holowesko riders while Young sat behind them, pouncing when they got shut down in the final turn.

"Eric was just smart and savvy, realising what was going on in the last corner and positioning himself so he wouldn't go into the barriers with them," Huff said. "Eric has been around awhile and he took the opportunity. One-two is incredible and it rarely happens for a team, especially at criterium nationals."

Magner had a huge gap coming out of the final turn and Young was coming up quickly behind him, getting close enough to his teammate to salute Magner as they crossed the line for first and second.

"I was really just taking my hat off to him," Young said of his salute. "He totally earned it. I wasn't going to catch him."

Magner appreciated the gesture.

"You can't beat that," he said. "That's awesome."


Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tyler Magner (USA) Rally Cycling1:27:44
2Eric Young (USA) Rally CyclingRow 1 - Cell 2
3Samuel Bassetti (USA) Elevate-Khs Pro CyclingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Michael Hernandez (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.0:00:01
5Noah Granigan (USA) Ccb Foundation - SicleriRow 4 - Cell 2
6Kent Ross (USA) Hedrick RacingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Eric Brunner (USA) 303 Project0:00:02
8Quinten Kirby (USA) Marc Pro Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Lance Haidet (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.Row 8 - Cell 2
10Scott Mcgill (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson Trek DeRow 9 - Cell 2
11John Murphy (USA) Holowesko-Citadel P/B Arapaho0:00:03
12Benjamin Renkema (USA) Cyclus SportsRow 11 - Cell 2
13Evan Hartig (USA) Project Echelon RacingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Samuel Boardman (USA) Marc Pro Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jarret Oldham (USA) First Internet Bank CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Nicholas Torraca (USA) Elevate-Khs Pro Cycling0:00:04
17Stephen Bassett (USA) Silber Pro CyclingRow 16 - Cell 2
18Dennis Ramirez (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson Trek DeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Robert Sroka (USA) First Internet Bank CyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Corey Davis (USA) Cyclus SportsRow 19 - Cell 2
21Austin Gomes (USA) Project Echelon Racing0:00:05
22Cory Williams (USA) Elevate-Khs Pro CyclingRow 21 - Cell 2
23Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko-Citadel P/B ArapahoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Travis Mccabe (USA) Unitedhealthcare0:00:06
25Ryan Oboyle (USA) Project Echelon Racing0:00:07
26Gage Hecht (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.Row 25 - Cell 2
27Timothy Savre (USA) Project Echelon RacingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alex Hoehn (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.Row 27 - Cell 2
29Jake Silverberg (USA) 303 ProjectRow 28 - Cell 2
30Dillon Caldwell (USA) 303 ProjectRow 29 - Cell 2
31Ben Schmutte (USA) First Internet Bank CyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Patrick Collins (USA) Ccb Foundation - SicleriRow 31 - Cell 2
33George Simpson (USA) Elevate-Khs Pro Cycling0:00:08
34Curtis White (USA) Jelly Belly P/B MaxxisRow 33 - Cell 2
35Andrew Giniat (USA) Cyclus SportsRow 34 - Cell 2
36Gabriel Mendez (USA) Ccb Foundation - Sicleri0:00:09
37Parker Kyzer (USA) Cyclus SportsRow 36 - Cell 2
38Imeh Nsek (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.Row 37 - Cell 2
39Evan Bausbacher (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson Trek DeRow 38 - Cell 2
40Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis0:00:10
41Chaz Hogenauer (USA) Hedrick RacingRow 40 - Cell 2
42Eric Marcotte (USA) UnitedhealthcareRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jake Sitler (USA) Ccb Foundation - SicleriRow 42 - Cell 2
44Kyle Stoffan Thornton (USA) Hedrick RacingRow 43 - Cell 2
45Gavin Murray (USA) Marc Pro Cycling Team0:00:11
46Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Holowesko-Citadel P/B ArapahoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.0:00:12
48Matthew Zimmer (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson Trek DeRow 47 - Cell 2
49Gavin Hoover (USA) Elevate-Khs Pro CyclingRow 48 - Cell 2
50Richard Arnopol (USA) Project Echelon RacingRow 49 - Cell 2
51Cooper Willsey (USA) Ccb Foundation - Sicleri0:00:13
52Isaiah Newkirk (USA) 303 ProjectRow 51 - Cell 2
53John Mccann (USA) First Internet Bank CyclingRow 52 - Cell 2
54Griffin Easter (USA) 303 Project0:00:14
55Jason Saltzman (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.Row 54 - Cell 2
56Spencer Petrov (USA) Ccb Foundation - Sicleri0:00:28
57Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis0:00:30
58Eric Hill (USA) Project Echelon Racing0:00:36
59Taylor Warren (USA) 303 Project0:00:37
60Adrian Hegyvary (USA) Unitedhealthcare0:00:38
61Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedhealthcareRow 60 - Cell 2
62Lewis Whiley (USA) Hedrick RacingRow 61 - Cell 2
63Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedhealthcareRow 62 - Cell 2
64Austin Stephens (USA) 303 Project0:00:39
65Cory Lockwood (USA) Project Echelon Racing0:00:40
66Richard Randall (USA) Cyclus Sports0:00:41
67Winston David (USA) Cyclus Sports0:01:01
68Morgan Schmitt (USA) Holowesko-Citadel P/B Arapaho0:01:02
69Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis0:01:06
70Brendan Rhim (USA) Holowesko-Citadel P/B Arapaho0:01:07
71Evan Bybee (USA) Holowesko-Citadel P/B Arapaho0:01:08
71Andrew Clemence (USA) 303 Project0:01:17
73Benjamin Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly P/B MaxxisRow 72 - Cell 2
74Conor Schunk (USA) Ccb Foundation - SicleriRow 73 - Cell 2
75Charles Huff (USA) Rally Cycling0:01:21
76Connor Sallee (USA) Cyclus Sports0:01:22
77Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78John Becker (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling0:01:36
79Nicholas Mckey (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.0:02:19
DNSTaylor (T.J.) Eisenhart (USA) Holowesko-Citadel P/B ArapahoRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFKyle Murphy (USA) Rally CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
DNSEmerson Oronte (USA) Rally CyclingRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFDanny Pate (USA) Rally CyclingRow 82 - Cell 2
DNSDenzel Stephenson (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.Row 83 - Cell 2
DNFFranklin Deese (USA) Cyclus SportsRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Girkins (USA) Elevate-Khs Pro CyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFKirk Albers (USA) First Internet Bank CyclingRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Knapp (USA) First Internet Bank CyclingRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFSpencer Downing (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson Trek DeRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFJustin Mauch (USA) Marc Pro Cycling TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFCharles (Mac) Cassin (USA) 303 ProjectRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFMaxx Chance (USA) 303 ProjectRow 91 - Cell 2
DNSCullen Easter (USA) 303 ProjectRow 92 - Cell 2
DNSGrant Ellwood (USA) 303 ProjectRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFTaylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly P/B MaxxisRow 94 - Cell 2


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