Marcotte, McCabe give SmartStop 1-2 in US Pro championship

Eric Marcotte claimed the biggest victory of his career with a hard-fought, tactically perfect execution of the USA Cycling Professional Championship men's road race, powering to the win just ahead of teammate Travis McCabe for a SmartStop 1-2.

Alex Howes of Garmin-Sharp rounded out the podium.

Marcotte, 33, hails from Marquette, Michigan and came to professional cycling after a long amateur career. The former double master's national champion (road and criterium, 2011), moved across to the SmartStop team from ELBOWZ Racing with McCabe this season after several impressive results including a third place overall at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. 

Marcotte was part of the day's early breakaway, which was joined by McCabe and Howes who attacked from the field to form a ten-rider leading group that split and reformed, split, mixed and formed again, then split and finally came together just before the final turn. Marcotte led out the sprint for McCabe but took the win instead.

How it unfolded

The 83-rider field set off from downtown Chattanooga under sunny skies and warm, humid weather for their 166.7km race, beginning with four small circuits in town before they tackled four long loops containing Lookout Mountain.

Ben King (Garmin Sharp) attacked from the gun, and while his first surge did not form the escape group, he managed to get into the day's long breakaway that went clear on the second short lap.

It was Optum's Brad Huff who sparked the successful move, and King tacked onto the train as it departed with Chris Jones and Brad White (UHC), Tyler Wren (Jamis Hagens Berman), Sam Bassetti and Jim Stemper (5 Hour Energy), Eric Young (Optum), Julian Kyer and Eric Marcotte (SmartStop), and Kevin Gottlieb (Airgas).

Young was dropped on the first trip up Lookout Mountain, and stayed with a chasing group with Nathan Brown (Garmin-Sharp), Bjorn Selander and Joseph Schmalz (Hincapie Sportswear Development), but that group never rejoined the front of the race.

Back in the peloton, chasing five minutes behind, Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) crashed out of the race on the descent, and suffered a fracture to his leg. Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare) went down in the same incident and did not continue, but was uninjured.

The situation heated up on the third large lap, when Jesse Anthony (Optum) attacked into the climb. Peter Stetina (BMC) went after him on the climb, passing him and continuing on in pursuit, but he was pulled back by the Garmin-led peloton.

The pace of Phil Gaimon and Tom Danielson whittled down the peloton to around 20 riders.

The breakaway stayed mostly together until the final lap, when an attack from King split the group into two, with Jones, Stemper and Kyer the only riders able to follow the Garmin rider's pace. The peloton was greatly reduced, following 1:10 behind the break, and various riders in between.

As they entered the local laps, Marcotte was able to bridge back up to the leaders, and then Jones, White and Wren came across with Garmin's Alex Howes on the first of three closing circuits, but King was suffering and was dropped from the move shortly after.

With two laps to go, it was Jones, White, Wren, Stemper, Kyer, Marcotte and Howes being chased by a group of five Scott Zwizanski (Optum), Matthew Busche (Trek) Jacob Rathe (Jelly Belly), Travis McCabe (SmartStop) and Carson Miller (Jamis) which picked up King on his way out of the leading group. Only 20 seconds separated the two groups, with the peloton a minute behind.

The groups all came together on the penultimate trip up Kent Street, but then King and White were shelled.

McCabe launched an attack with Zwizanski, an Stemper was able to bridge across, leaving the rest behind as they headed into one lap to go.

The trio looked like they would duke it out for the podium, but with only 500m to go, first Jones and then the entire chasing group caught the three leaders and Marcotte went to the front to lead out McCabe, but instead took the victory by millimeters over his teammate, with Howes coming in third.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eric Marcotte (Team SmartStop)4:17:59
2Travis McCabe (Team SmartStop)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Alex Howes (Garmin Sharp)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Chris Jones (UnitedHealthcare)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Julian Kyer (Team SmartStop)Row 4 - Cell 2
6James Stemper (5-hour Energy)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Jacob Rathe (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Scott Zwizanski (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies )Row 7 - Cell 2
9Tyler Wren (Jamis Hagens Berman)0:00:03
10Matthew Busche (Trek Factory Racing)0:00:07
11Carson Miller (Jamis Hagens Berman)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Chris Butler (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare )Row 12 - Cell 2
14Joshua Berry (Team SmartStop)0:02:26
15Oscar Clark (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Benjamin King (Garmin Sharp)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Edward King (Cannondale)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Kevin Gottlieb (Airgas Cycling)0:03:29
19Gavin Mannion (5-hour Energy)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Carter Jones (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies )Row 19 - Cell 2
21Tanner Putt (Bissell Development Team)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Rob Squire (Jamis Hagens Berman)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Robin Carpenter (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)0:08:30
24Bjorn Selander (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Jake Rytlewski (Astellas Cycling Team)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Michael Olheiser (InCycle-Predator Components)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Phillip Gaimon (Garmin Sharp)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Fred Rodriguez (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Jeff Louder (UnitedHealthcare)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Cameron Cogburn (Team SmartStop)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Taylor Sheldon (5-hour Energy)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Jonathan Hornbeck (5-hour Energy)Row 31 - Cell 2
DNFTravis Livermon (Team SmartStop)Row 32 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Dilley (Team Novo Nordisk)Row 33 - Cell 2
DNFChris Uberti (Astellas Cycling Team)Row 34 - Cell 2
DNFHogan Sills (Astellas Cycling Team)Row 35 - Cell 2
DNFStephen Hyde (Astellas Cycling Team)Row 36 - Cell 2
DNFZack Noonan (Airgas Cycling)Row 37 - Cell 2
DNFKennett Peterson (FireFighters Upsala CK)Row 38 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Gibbons (Cibel)Row 39 - Cell 2
DNFPeter Stetina (BMC Racing Team)Row 40 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew Sjogren (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)Row 41 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare)Row 42 - Cell 2
DNFJoseph Schmalz (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)Row 43 - Cell 2
DNFJoey Rosskopf (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)Row 44 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Soladay (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 45 - Cell 2
DNFShane Kline (Team SmartStop)Row 46 - Cell 2
DNFSam Bassetti (5-hour Energy)Row 47 - Cell 2
DNFChad Beyer (5-hour Energy)Row 48 - Cell 2
DNFChristian Parrett (5-hour Energy)Row 49 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Williams (5-hour Energy)Row 50 - Cell 2
DNFCaleb Fairly (Garmin Sharp)Row 51 - Cell 2
DNFNathan Brown (Garmin Sharp)Row 52 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Danielson (Garmin Sharp)Row 53 - Cell 2
DNFAdam Farabaugh (MatthewGarneau Québecor)Row 54 - Cell 2
DNFGriffin Easter (Airgas Cycling)Row 55 - Cell 2
DNFBradley White (UnitedHealthcar)Row 56 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Jacques-Maynes (Jamis Hagens Berman)Row 57 - Cell 2
DNFMatt Cooke (Jamis Hagens Berman)Row 58 - Cell 2
DNFJacob King (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)Row 59 - Cell 2
DNFCharlie Hough (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)Row 60 - Cell 2
DNFLucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare)Row 61 - Cell 2
DNFConnor McCutcheon (Airgas Cycling)Row 62 - Cell 2
DNFIan Burnett (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)Row 63 - Cell 2
DNFSteve Fisher (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)Row 64 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Freter (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)Row 65 - Cell 2
DNFSean Mazich (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)Row 66 - Cell 2
DNFGregory Daniel (Bissell Development Team)Row 67 - Cell 2
DNFEric Young (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 68 - Cell 2
DNFTy Magner (Hincapie Sportswear Development Team)Row 69 - Cell 2
DNFCharles Bradley Huff (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 70 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Candelario (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 71 - Cell 2
DNFIan Crane (Jamis Hagens Berman)Row 72 - Cell 2
DNFStephen Leece (Jamis Hagens Berman)Row 73 - Cell 2
DNFTaylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team)Row 74 - Cell 2
DNFJohn Murphy (UnitedHealthcare)Row 75 - Cell 2
DNFLogan Loader (Amore & Vita Selle SMP)Row 76 - Cell 2
DNFJonah Tannos (InCycle-Predator Components )Row 77 - Cell 2
DNFCalixto Bello (ManuelInCycle-Predator Components )Row 78 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Hunter Grove(SamuelInCycle-Predator Components )Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFTom Zirbel (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 80 - Cell 2
DNFJesse Anthony (ptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 81 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Eastman (Bissell Development Team)Row 82 - Cell 2

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