It’s pretty surprising; I mean honestly I am not a pure sprinter. I was looking more at stages like 3 and 4, I believe, to Morro Bay. And so coming here and getting on the podium. It’s Mother’s Day. It’s my birthday. I got some cake at the team presentation this morning. I think that actually gave me a little extra speed in the legs.
The opening stage of the Amgen Tour of California was a flat, 143km affair with 3 finishing circuits slashing through the streets of Sacramento. A surprising split in the field inside 1km to go added drama to the predicted bunch sprint as 9 riders gapped the rest and then Floyd’s Travis McCabe raised the pitch of the race announcer’s commentary to another level as he almost rolled 3-time World Champion Peter Sagan for the win.
Typically, the value of almost is reserved for horseshoes and a triple word score in scrabble but when it’s your birthday… and Mother’s Day… and you’re on one of the biggest stages the theatre of North American road racing has to offer, you feel pretty good.
At the end of the day, Gord Fraser used the moment to reiterate a point he’s made repeatedly for the last couple years: Travis deserves a crack at it.
I’ve said for years this guy is North America’s best racer and deserves a World Tour ride. We are so happy at @floydscycling to give both young riders and seasoned producers like Travis a platform to further their careers!
Stage 2 runs 194 km from Rancho Cordova to Lake Tahoe and includes a whopping 4270m+ (over 1400 ft) of climbing. We’ll be represented by Keegan Swirbul, who joins Travis on Team USA.