The men and women of Rally UHC Cycling are spread across three continents right now, racing in Spain, Oman, and Arizona. The busy weekend had some great results.
Jastrab’s first win in orange
17-year-old Megan Jastrab stormed to victory on stage two of the Valley of the Sun Stage Race. Jastrab was outnumbered and facing a headwind sprint but the first year professional showed poise, waiting until the final 100 meters to power past her competitors. She followed that up by finishing second in the criterium to move into fifth overall. “It feels great to open the season with a win in my first race with the team.”
Carpenter fights back to earn jersey
In southeastern Spain, Robin Carpenter went on the attack for not one, but two stages in a row, to claim the blue jersey and hoist the Metas Volantes Sprint Competition Trophy above his head at the Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia. After falling short of the jersey on day one, Carpenter put things right in the race’s final intermediate sprint on day two. He jumped out of the peloton and bridged to the day’s breakaway, overtaking them just before the sprint line. As Carpenter put it following the podium celebrations, “this feeling never gets old.”
Team strength vital to Oman success
In another desert 13,000 km away from the Valley of the Sun, the Tour of Oman crew placed top-20 on each of the first three stages. Ty Magner finished 13th in the stage one field sprint and Adam de Vos 20th in stage two’s hilly finale. The team missed a key crosswind split on stage three and had to pull Evan Huffman out of the breakaway to help preserve Brandon McNulty’s position in the overall. The team chase resulted in McNulty’s 15th on the day and he is now only 42 seconds from the overall lead going into Wednesday’s queen stage to Green Mountain. Look for McNulty to make waves on the mountain’s steep pitches.
As the racing continues in Oman, the team in continental Europe heads to the Vuelta a Andalucia, a five-day UCI 2.1 stage race, from February 20 – 24.