The Positive Spin: Looking at what’s good in cycling 2017 #2

Travis McCabe of UnitedHeathcare Pro Cycling doubled his Tour of Langkawi win total on the last stage of the 8 day race.  He rued missed opportunities, but must be pretty happy with two wins in Malaysia.  The Warren Cycling Podcast has been in touch with Travis, so look for an upcoming interview in Episode 60 perhaps.  Success in races by US based teams overseas is definitely a positive.  Look over to Portugal as well where Axeon Hagens Berman took the team win honors at the Volta ao Alentejo where Logan Owen won stage 4.  Read about Axeon Hagens Berman’s race recap here  The American continental team Rally also raced in Portugal.

If you like Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe)- and I think he’s got a lot of fans, you must be excited to see the world champ building his spring classics campaign form with a second place at the Omloop Het Niewsblad and a win at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.  If the one day Belgium races that marked the beginning of the classics season are an indication of who is strong, then one has to admire Sagan’s building form considering he hadn’t raced in about a month.  Greg van Avermaet (BMC) is looking good too.

Other racers on the rise: Caleb Ewen (Orica-Scott) was fast at Abu Dhabi and climbing-wise UAE Emirates and former world road champ Rui Costa rode away from some heavy hitters.  In Episode 59 Randy suggested we note how well Quickstep-Floors frenchman (and 2016 Amgen Tour of California winner) Julian Alaphilippe is riding.

I didn’t see any attendance figures, but the World Cup of Track racing concluded in Los Angeles, the first time the US has hosted a world cup track event since 2008.  It’s great to see (for American fans) the US women win the team pursuit and Chloe Dygert set a StubHub Center (formerly Home Depot Center) track record in winning the women’s individual pursuit.  Chloe won gold racing the individual pursuit for the first time.


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