Travis McCabe (Holowesko-Citadel) could almost taste victory at the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic but ended up a disappointing second place behind winner Eduard Prades (Caja Rural Seguros-RGA). After riding into the day’s breakaway, which the main field caught on the last lap, the American sprinter was simply out of bullets in the final sprint to the top of Manayunk Wall.
“I’m disappointed with second but at the same time I’m happy too,” McCabe told Cyclingnews. “I don’t mind losing when I give it 100 per cent.”
In past years, a breakaway in the men’s race has taken off early, sometimes on the first lap. On Sunday, however, it took four of the nine laps for the breakaway to finally develop. The move was large with more than 15 riders, and McCabe was a slightly late addition, joining the leaders after bridging across on Lemon Hill.
McCabe’s teammate Robbie Squire was also in the move, and the pair worked tirelessly to secure him the KOM points on Lemon Hill and Manayunk Wall on each lap. When Squire picked up all the points he needed to win the jersey, McCabe turned his attention to the finishing sprint.
“I was in the breakaway all day, helping Rob Squire get the KOM jersey, which is what he was going for,” McCabe said.
“I saw a chance to get into the breakaway, and I made the jump. It was a risky move. I bridged up to it on Lemon Hill. It was a 15-guy breakaway, and the riders were committed to working. I pulled through occasionally, but I knew that I was saving it for the end.”
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