L39ION of Los Angeles dominance ends in crash at men’s criterium at US Pro Championships
Criteria are all about thrills and excitement, and the latter was the story of Day 2 of the USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships in the Elite Men’s Criterium. A crash on the last lap knocked out pre-race favorites Cory Williams of L39ION of Los Angeles and Travis McCabe of Best Buddies Racing, both hitting the curb before the last corner.
“It’s a good thing I have thick bones !! Crit Nats didn’t go the way I expected but the legs are salvaged from Unbound Gravel and Tulsa Tough anyway I’m proud of how Best Buddies Racing rode today and things start to click, ”McCabe said on his Instagram account on Friday night after the race, along with a video shot from Brendan Rhim’s bike (Evo Pro Racing).
McCabe, the reigning Pro Criterium champion and returning to the new Best Buddies Racing team after a year with Israel Start-Up Nation, posted a video shot from Brendan Rhim’s (Evo Pro Racing) bike. of him and Cory Williams on the sidewalk, and the instant Project Echelon’s Brandon Feehery slammed his back to jump into the air.
“We took the lead with two and a half years to go. The swarm came from Elevate at the third corner. I was behind Tyler and Cory [of L39ION], and Elevate jumped to the left side. We moved up to fourth and fifth places in the last two corners. Cory had the inside line, so he had room to move, but he was fighting for position with pilot Aevolo and they got tied up. Then I hit the bars, at about 28-30 miles per hour, and I was slammed from behind, ”said McCabe, two-time Pro Crit winner. Cycling news about the accident.
” I’m disappointed. The legs returned after Unbound and Tulsa Tough. You know, no one has won the national review title three times, so that would have been special. It’s the bike race. Luke was amazing, hats off to him. “
Just before the tough corners from State Street to Clinch Avenue, the Elevate-Webiplex and Best Buddies Racing riders had the positions ahead of Cory Williams, and future race winner Luke Lamperti (Trinity Racing) was behind the wheel of the L39ION, and would be one of the few to walk past the carnage.
“We rode in the lead the whole race, and we put Cory in the perfect position, but then the crash happened. Cory is pretty messed up, but he’ll be fine. We are one team and the team still won a national championship, ”said teammate Ty Magner. Cycling news, referring to Kendall Ryan’s victory at the women’s criterium earlier today. She made her winning shot in the same corners and has held that position on Gay Street for a second national crown since 2015.
“We knew after last weekend that we were the strongest team in the race. We wanted the win for Cory. It just makes it easier when you’re riding up front, ”Magner said of the L39ION controlling the front from start to finish. “We had the plan, it worked all night, until Cory crashed, unfortunately. But the race is unpredictable. He was in a good position to win the race.
Los Angeles L39ION was the pre-race favorite with a number of runners including Cory Williams, Tyler Williams and Magner, who had dominated at Tulsa Tough a week ago.
They controlled the fast pace all night and never allowed an attack to overtake an advantage by more than seven seconds, including a number of assaults from Aevolo and Project Echelon throughout the contest, and late moves from Best Buddies Racing, Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling and Elevate. -Webiplex Pro Cycling.
After 76 minutes of racing for the elite men with twilight settling over downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, the men’s criterium championship was decided in a last minute of chaos in the technical corners before the finish.
“The guys ran really well today and I’m extremely proud of them. I thought we had some bad luck on the last corner with this crash. Besides a few other teams, I think we were probably the most aggressive, ”said Aevolo team principal Michael Creed. Cycling news. Its rider Scott McGill was involved in the incident and was unable to finish due to a mechanic.
“I’m a little disappointed with the lack of aggressiveness on the pitch, I don’t know if it’s due to the course, or to the group itself. I think [the race] pointed out that there are teams that are told to be up front and that is the extent of their plan, versus the teams that are actually trying to liven up the race and be a part of it. Congratulations to Luke, his run has been great and he’s been good all season. He’s a deserving winner.
Five riders escaped the crash scene, positioned at the front as the peloton stormed the final three steep turns – one to the right, one to the left and the last to the left – on narrower streets before arriving downhill on the wide section until arriving on Gay Street. Of that group, Luke Lamperti, a solo rider with Trinity Racing, edged out Samuel Bassetti and Eric Young of Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling, to become the youngest rider to win the men’s Pro Criterium title. John Heinlein III of Project Echelon was fourth and Eric Brunner of Aevolo was fifth.
“Super eventful day, everyone wanted the L39ION wheels, avoiding trouble [worked] for me today in the crit. I was able to get on Elevate and move around that last corner, ”said the 18-year-old at the end of the race.
“It was a difficult day, L39ION did not make it easy. Everyone was definitely watching L39ION today after Tulsa, so everyone wanted to try something different. And something different worked today.
Of Team Elevate, Bassetti was second and Young third, both deprived of an elusive title. Bassetti had taken second place previously and Young had finished second three times in a row.
“It was a pretty typical Crit Nats for this course. There was a lot of momentum on the course, and easy enough if you have a good team to bring things together, L39GION showed that. They controlled most of the race. But then it’s a really dynamic final U-turn, ”added Young.