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Murphy laps the field to complete UnitedHealthcare's dominance

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Daniel Holloway of Athlete Octance, congratulates race winner John Murphy of United Heathcare

Daniel Holloway of Athlete Octance, congratulates race winner John Murphy of United Heathcare
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John Murphy of team United Health Care won the National Criterium Championship.

John Murphy of team United Health Care won the National Criterium Championship.
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The crowd reacts to the break with six laps to go.

The crowd reacts to the break with six laps to go.
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The racers take a turn in downtown High Point

The racers take a turn in downtown High Point
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Kevin Mullervy and Isaac Howe of Champion System soft pedal at the front in the pack, while their teammates race up the road in the break.

Kevin Mullervy and Isaac Howe of Champion System soft pedal at the front in the pack, while their teammates race up the road in the break.
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Daniel Holloway pulls the break, ensuring its successful establishment.

Daniel Holloway pulls the break, ensuring its successful establishment.
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Stan's No Tubes riders during the National Criterium Championship

Stan's No Tubes riders during the National Criterium Championship
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Once the break lapped the field, United Healthcare went straight to the front.

Once the break lapped the field, United Healthcare went straight to the front.
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The last Athlete Octane rider still off the front, was caught with 2 to go.

The last Athlete Octane rider still off the front, was caught with 2 to go.
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Three of the four Athlete Octane riders that had already lapped the field, attacked again late in the race.

Three of the four Athlete Octane riders that had already lapped the field, attacked again late in the race.
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United Healthcare rider, John Murphy wins the 2014 National Criterium Championship.

United Healthcare rider, John Murphy wins the 2014 National Criterium Championship.
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The men celebrate the 2014 National Criterium Championship.

The men celebrate the 2014 National Criterium Championship.
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Champion Systems and Stan's No Tubes were instrumental in initiating the decisive break early in the race.

Champion Systems and Stan's No Tubes were instrumental in initiating the decisive break early in the race.
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John Murphy completed a perfect championships for UnitedHealthcare by dominating the mens' race. He lapped the field and won with his arms in the air after being part of a 13-rider breakaway that shook up the race.

Teammate Bradley White, who ended up leading Murphy out for the win, took second place. He was followed in third by Daniel Holloway (Athlete Octane).

"It was early. It was a big split. I was with two teammates, Adrien and Brad. It was a little bit big of a move for us. We wanted different numbers but in the end it out worked well for us," Murphy said after the win.

"Every national championship, the tactics go haywire. It's almost impossible to predict what's going to happen," Murphy explained about what he and his teammates were discussing in the break. "Obviously we wanted to lap up to get with the rest of our boys."

The group of 13 ended up lapping the field and that's when all the UHC riders were back together.

"This time the odds were in our favor," Murphy went on.  "We have the best crit squad in the U.S and the world, and it’s amazing to wear the Stars and Stripes jersey.”

Team Director Mike Tamayo said UnitedHealthcare had planned for every kind of race strategy.

“We knew this would be a hard race to control, so we planned to cover the moves and refine our plans as the race developed. We figured if it came down to a bunch sprint, we have Luke Keough and Ken Hanson, and if a break stayed away we were content with our chances as long as we had White, Hegyvary, Jeff Louder or Murphy in it. As it went, we had three guys in the bunch that lapped the field, and we were more than happy to play those cards."

“It was a great weekend of racing, winning the Stars and Stripes jersey with both the men and the women. We’re very pleased. The race tonight was dynamic and exciting from the start. It wasn’t your perfect script, but the guys adapted really well and gave us the win,” Tamayo concluded.

 

Full Results

Men
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1John Murphy (Usa) UnitedHealthcare
2Bradley White (Usa) UnitedHealthcare
3Daniel Holloway (Usa) Athlete Octane Cycling
4Conor Mullervy (Usa) Champion System - Stans NoTubes
5Adrian Hegyvary (Usa) UnitedHealthcare
6Drew Christopher (Usa) Champion System - Stans NoTubes
7Devin Clark (Usa) Athlete Octane Cycling
8Jonathan DAlba (Usa) Lateral Stress Velo Inc.
9Jake Sitler (Usa) Van Dessel Factory Team
10Jacob Mueller (Usa) Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin
11David Reyes (Usa) Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin
12William Elliston (Usa) Van Dessel Factory Team
13Miguel Bryon (Usa) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
14Benjamin Renkema (Usa) Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin
15Zeb King (Usa) Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin
16Benjamin Fogle (Usa) Lateral Stress Velo Inc.
17Alder Martz (Usa) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
18Brett Kielick (Usa) Lateral Stress Velo Inc.
19David Guttenplan (Usa) SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching
20Brandon Feehery (Usa) Astellas Cycling Team
21Thomas Brown (Usa) Astellas Cycling Team
22Chad Hartley (Usa) Athlete Octane Cycling
23Daniel Zmolik (Usa) Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin
24Guillaume Nelessen (Usa) Van Dessel Factory Team
25Chris Butler (Usa) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
26Barry Miller (Usa) Firefighters Upsala CK
27Marco Aledia (Usa) Athlete Octane Cycling
28Luke Keough (Usa) UnitedHealthcare
29Kenneth Hanson (Usa) UnitedHealthcare
30Michael Stone (Usa) Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin
31Anthony Canevari (Usa) Athlete Octane Cycling
32Kevin Mullervy (Usa) Champion System - Stans NoTubes
33Colton Barrett (Usa) Athlete Octane Cycling
34Matt Moosa (Usa) Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin
35Charles Joe Eldridge (Usa) UCI PCT: Team Novo Nordisk
36Jeff Louder (Usa) UnitedHealthcare
37Isaac Howe (Usa) Champion System - Stans NoTubes
38Brian Hill (Usa) Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin
39Jared Nieters (Usa) Van Dessel Factory Team
40Robert White (Usa) Athlete Octane Cycling
41Andrew Dahlheim (Usa) Athlete Octane Cycling
42Benjamin Zawacki (Usa) Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin
43David Novak (Usa) Lateral Stress Velo Inc.
44Jacob Tremblay (Usa) Lateral Stress Velo Inc.

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