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Marcotte secures stars-and-stripes jersey at US criterium nationals in Greenville

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Eric Marcotte (Team SmartStop) wins the US criterium nationals in Greenville

Eric Marcotte (Team SmartStop) wins the US criterium nationals in Greenville
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Newly crowned US Road Champion, Eric Marcotte (Team Smartstop) gets to wear his new threads for the first time today. Lookin' good

Newly crowned US Road Champion, Eric Marcotte (Team Smartstop) gets to wear his new threads for the first time today. Lookin' good
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Ty Magner (Hincapie) launches an attack.

Ty Magner (Hincapie) launches an attack.
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Men fight for the top of the hill on the back side.

Men fight for the top of the hill on the back side.
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Phil Gaimon (Optum) came straight to the crit after last weeks win in Redlands.

Phil Gaimon (Optum) came straight to the crit after last weeks win in Redlands.
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Eric Marcotte (SmartStop) in the race before his win

Eric Marcotte (SmartStop) in the race before his win
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The men get strung out over the hill

The men get strung out over the hill
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Tom Soloday (Optum) tries to hold onto his lead

Tom Soloday (Optum) tries to hold onto his lead
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UnitedHealthcare comes to the front with 8 laps to go

UnitedHealthcare comes to the front with 8 laps to go
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Tom Zirbel (Optum) tries to pull off an attack with one lap to go

Tom Zirbel (Optum) tries to pull off an attack with one lap to go
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The men head out for todays two hour race.

The men head out for todays two hour race.
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nitedHealthcare gathers at the front heading into the last laps.

nitedHealthcare gathers at the front heading into the last laps.
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Tom Soloday (Optum) spent the last part of the race off the front

Tom Soloday (Optum) spent the last part of the race off the front
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UnitedHealthcare comes to the front on the final laps

UnitedHealthcare comes to the front on the final laps
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ric Marcotte (SmartStop) on the line before the start.

ric Marcotte (SmartStop) on the line before the start.
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The first men's break of the day goes up the road

The first men's break of the day goes up the road
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The men get strung out through the feed zone.

The men get strung out through the feed zone.
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Tom Soloday (Optum) leads the mens break

Tom Soloday (Optum) leads the mens break
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Riders make their way through and over the second turn hill.

Riders make their way through and over the second turn hill.
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Eric Marcotte (SmartStop) pulls through on the front of the break.

Eric Marcotte (SmartStop) pulls through on the front of the break.
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John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare) tries a solo attack.

John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare) tries a solo attack.
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The top three in the mens race

The top three in the mens race
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Eric Marcotte (Team SmartStop) secured his second national title, after winning the road race last year, when he won the USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships on Saturday in Greenville, South Carolina. He made his winning attack through the last corner, upsetting the UnitedHealthcare blue train, and crossing the finish line first ahead of Ty Magner (Hincapie) and Luke Keough (UnitedHealthcare).

Defending champion John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare) was the first rider called to the start line of the men’s 120-minute race. He lapped the field and won last year ahead of his teammate Brad White, while Daniel Holloway (Athlete Octane).

A smaller than usual field of riders took to the start line as only professional riders were eligible to start the pro criterium championships. Alongside Murphy on the start line were US road champion Eric Marcotte (SmartStop), Tom Zirbel (Optum) and Adam Myerson (Astellas Pro Cycling), who is racing in his final season.

It was an active first half of the men’s criterium, however, it wasn’t until mid-race that a front group of roughly 15 riders formed. Of that group Murphy, Marcotte, Magner and Tom Soladay (Optum Pro Cycling) broke away and although the move looked to be promising, they pulled the plug and sat up, allowing the lead group to swell back up to 15 riders with 41 laps to go.

Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare) was one of the first riders to gain a solo gap that ignited a chase group of five riders to form behind. Optum’s Tom Zirbel headed the chase group and brought the breakaway back into the fold. Murphy was the next to make a move, however, he too was brought back. No matter what combination of riders went up the road, none stuck for longer than a few seconds. Attacks also came from Hincapie Racing and Optum.

The gap between the 15-rider breakaway and the main field continued to grow to roughly 30 seconds, but was closer to lapping the field in the final laps.

With 13 laps to go, the four UnitedHealthcare riders in the front group began to set up their train in anticipation of a sprint. However, just when the race seemed to settle in behind them, Soladay made a strong solo move.

He quickly gained a 15 seconds on the chase group led by the UnitedHealthcare riders. Hincapie’s Oscar Clark also attacked to try and join Soladay up the road.

As Clark was caught, Soladay’s teammate Zirbel attacked taking Murphy, White and Marcotte in tow, but the 15-man group was back together with three laps to go.

UnitedHealthcare reorganized themselves ahead of the group with riders from SmartStop, Marcotte and Travis McCabe, sitting behind. Clark made another attack but he was brought back as the bell rang for one lap to go.

UnitedHealthcare led through the last lap with Keough ready for the sprint, Hincapie’s Magner on his wheel.

The surprise attack came from Marcotte, who jumped into the last corner and came out of it with a fierce sprint toward the finish line. It was a bold move that paid off with the victory.

 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop2:02:15
2Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Racing Team0:00:01
3Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare
4John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare
5Eric Young (USA) Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:02
6Hogan Sills (USA) Astellas Cycling Team
7Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop0:00:03
8Peter Olejniczak (USA) Astellas Cycling Team0:00:05
9Thomas Soladay (USA) Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:06
10Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare0:00:08
11Thomas Zirbel (USA) Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
12Shane Kline (USA) Team SmartStop0:00:15
13Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Racing Team0:00:31
14Scott Zwizanski (USA) Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
15Adrian Hegyvary (USA) UnitedHealthcare0:00:43
16Drew Christopher (USA) Champion System - Stans NoTubes0:01:14
17Brandon Feehery (USA) Astellas Cycling Team0:01:19
18James LaBerge (USA) Champion System - Stans NoTubes
19Justin Williams (USA) Astellas Cycling Team0:01:20
20Adam Myerson (USA) Astellas Cycling Team
21Evan Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:01:21
22James Schurman (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:01:26
23Conor Mullervy (USA) Champion System - Stans NoTubes0:01:39
24Robert Sweeting (USA) Team SmartStop0:01:42
25Mac Brennan (USA) Hincapie Racing Team0:01:45
26Hilton Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare0:02:14

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