The final team trip for the team before we call it a year was to UCI Bucks County Classic in Doyelstown Pennsylvania. With two races a UCI 103 mile hilly circuit and a tough 50 mile criterium on Sunday, bot events looked to be right up our alley.
The RR started in New Hope PA on the NJ Border and traveled 6 miles to a very difficult circuit for 6 laps and then an "easier" run in to Doyelstown. With around 8,000 feet of climbing for the race this was going to be very hard race with very few finishers. I told the team to ride the front from the beginning and that there would be a separation in the field. Almost immediately a group of 16 riders formed with all of the real teams represented by either 2 or 3 riders. We came out on the short side with 2, Joe Lewis and Ty Magner so with those 2 we were totally confident in those two making it to the finale. Those two experienced 2 wheels changes and 2 different bike changes during the next 4 laps as the break dwindled to 10 riders. When the riders exited the circuit the attacks came quickly putting everyone in the red. Ty was up the road with United Health Care rider Lucas Eusar and Ben Jaques Maynes from Jamis / Sutter Home. Joe, Kiel Reijnen(UHC),Steve Fisher(Hagens/Berman) and Matt Cooke(Jamis) caught and passed those three with a super hard attack, they instantly distanced themselves from the rest of the break and it was clear the race was down to this 4.
Cooke attacked over a small bump and disposed of the young Fisher but the other 2 responded and stuck right on his wheel. With 300 meters to go Kiel got the jump on Joe and held his lead to the line. Joe came around cook for second. A super ride for everyone in the break and a real delight to watch.
Ty rolled in with his group and Oscar and Joey shot out of the field to take 11 & 12. That was enough points to pass Optums Chad Haga for the year long NRC championship series putting Joey in Second place to Kenda 5 Hour /Energy's Francisco Manceabo.
Day 2 was a super cool criterium course in picturesque Doyelstown. There is a big city wide art fair, food fest going on and we were to be the icing on the cake. A 2 hour race with 8 turns a 50 mph decent and a back breaker accent made for a truly fun and dramatic race. After some good and bad racing a lone rider was 25 seconds clear with 2 to go. Oscar Clark ripped a half a lap and launched Joey like a champagne cork into the gap. Joey took his time catching him a the bottom of the climb and sprinted to the line with plenty of time to post up in fine style. Ty rolled in for 4th narrowly beaten by a reborn David Guttenplan.
So, a first and a second for the weekend, I was super pleased with how we rode as a team and how the guys performed individually. Racing in this area is and always has been a blast. The roads, the turns the people the hills the tradition....it all adds up to great US racing on US soil. We need more races and more weekends like this...thanks John.
The Tour of Utah rolled on yesterday with a lengthy 210 kilometer stage 2 from Panguitch to Torrey. The long haul across the southern part of the state scooted through famous Bryce Canyon National Park and included 4 mountain passes for more than 10,000 feet of climbing. But there was no time for anyone to take in the beautiful views as once again the team rode incredibly to help Ty Magner to a top ten on the stage as well as hold on to his lead in the Subaru Best Young Rider competition.
Similar to the previous day, 2 riders eventually escaped the clutches of the peleton after an incredibly fast and tenacious first 35 kilometers. They enjoyed nearly 125 km out front but ultimately the break was doomed as BMC came to the fore to protect their overall lead. On the penultimate climb of the day, BMC’s relentless pace shaved the field down to about 70 riders including five Hincapie Devo riders.
Over the top of the climb, attacks from Bontrager, United Healthcare, and Garmin-Sharp including 2012 Giro D’Italia champion, Ryder Hesjedal, were neutralized by BMC and Orica-Greenedge. With 3 km left, Dave Zabriskie launched a stinging attack in an attempt to foil the sprinters for a second day in a row however it was brought back just outside of the final kilometer with Joey Rosskopf leading the peleton.
Coming into the sprint, Ty Magner was placed in 3rd behind a Bontrager leadout for Belgian Jasper Syuven. As the sprint launched, Ty looked poised to once again land on the podium but he was boxed in against the barriers and had to settle for 6th on the stage.
Ty’s and the teams performance maintained his 4th overall on GC, his lead in the Best Young Rider compeition, and gave the team the lead in the Best Team contest.
The Tour of Utah started with a bang for the Hincapie Development Team as Ty Magner sprinted to 3rd on the stage as well as into the lead of the Best Young Rider Competition with the help from a strong team performance in the closing kilometers.
The first stage of the Tour of Utah was dominated by a two rider breakaway that escaped in the first few kilometers. However the team was not concerned and opted to wait, save their energy for the finish, and let the bigger World Tour teams expend some energy on the front.
The breakaway was eventually swallowed up by the field on the second of the three finishing laps which immediately led to a counter by Jens Voigt (Radioshack-Leopard) and Michael Shaer (BMC). It was quickly neutralized though and with one lap left, six Hincapie Devo riders could be seen sitting in the top 10, waiting to pounce.
As the strung out field flew under the red kite signaling 1 kilometer to go, Greg van Avermant attacked hard and opened a small gap. Optum-Kelly Benefits tried bringing the Belgian strong man back but their leadout stalled with 400 meters to go, causing a moment of hesitation that allowed van Avermant to hold on for the win. Ty was astutely placed right behind the Optum riders and went head to head with the former U-23 world champion Michael Matthews (Orica-Greenedge) and current USPRO criterium champion Eric Young (Optum-Kelly Benefits) to take 2nd in the sprint behind Matthews, 3rd on the stage, and the leaders jersey in the Subaru Best Young Rider competition. Joe Lewis took 6th on the day and the rest of the team finished safely in the field.
Ty’s result proves once again that the team is able to compete alongside the best. And its only the first day of a long week! Thank you to all of our sponsors for the continued support as well as George and Rich Hincapie who were at the race with the team during the stage.
The 9th Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah starts today with a 111 mile race from Brian Head to Cedar City and finishes 6 days later in Park City. This is the team’s first invite to one of ‘The Big Three’ stage races in the US and after spending the last 10 days in Utah reconning stages, acclimating to the altitude, and recovering from a very successful Cascade Classic, everyone is eager to get back to racing.
The roster line up includes Joey Rosskopf, Ty Magner, Oscar Clark, Joe Lewis, Robin Carpenter, Ben Zawacki, Andy Baker, and guest rider Joseph Smalls and is headed by our fearless director, Thomas Craven.
While all of us cannot follow our hearts and watch the race from the side of the road, dressed in Hincapie Devo colors and waving a flag, you can still be a part of the action and follow along in a few different modes:
The Tour Tracker provides critical information about the race before (course previews, team rosters, sponsor highlights), during (HD video, text commentary, GPS tracking, photos, biometrics) and after (results, standings, summaries) each day. Access it online from your computer or download it for mobile use on iPad, and iPhone, and Android smartphones.
The Tour of Utah will also be broadcast live on the Fox Sports Network. Check your listings for local cable channel:
Live FOX Sports Net Coverage (Note: Times shown are EDT)
Tuesday, August 6: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 7: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 8: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, August 9: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 10: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 11: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
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