Team finds success in Colorado and learns lessons in Norway
Photography by Brian Hodes of VeloImages
As one squad spent the last month in Denmark and Norway, another headed West to race in the Tour of Utah and the Colorado Classic. And while the team’s first venture into Europe didn’t produce much results in the way of podiums, they learned a lot as far as the realities of racing in another country. In addition, the American squad held strong in Colorado.
“Norway was a great way to expose the team and the staff to racing in Europe,” says Thomas Craven, chief sports director. “It was really a great lesson in logistics. We had to get riders and equipment in and out of multiple countries while at the same time racing the grand tours of the U.S. Never have we run such an extensive schedule, and it’s taught us a lot about how to handle this in the future.”
Meanwhile in Colorado, Joe Lewis brought energy to the beginning of the race in his home state, finishing third in the first stage. In Stage 3, Brayan Sanchez began and finished the race in the break, while Lewis claimed the white sprint jersey. And in the last stage, Lewis yet again claimed third place and defended the jersey.
“After a great result in the first stage and seeing that Travis McCabe of UHC had to work for his team on the third day, I knew I had a good shot at the sprint jersey,” says Lewis. “I managed to pick up some points on the road and just hang on to the bunch enough to finish fourth on the third day, putting me in the jersey. Coming into the final day, I had to make sure Gage Hecht didn’t make the break and then finish well in the final sprint. My teammates helped me mark him and also place me in a great position for the end. I was stoked with another podium and the overall sprint jersey win!”
Up next is River Gorge Omnium August 24-26 and then the USA Crits Finals September 15, followed by Gran Fondo Hincapie October 20.