Events

Daniel claims U.S. road race title

Gregory Daniel, just 21 years old, sticks a late attack to win the U.S. Pro men's national road race championship

21-year-old Gregory Daniel earned himself a year in the red, white, and blue jersey of the national road race champion Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

After making it into multiple unsuccessful breakaway moves earlier in the day, the Axeon Hagens Berman rider jumped clear of a small lead group in the final kilometers of the race and held on to solo across the line in disbelief at the victory.

Cannondale’s Alex Howes sprinted to second place a few moments later, with Travis McCabe (Holowesko – Citadel) nabbing third.

Top 10

  • 1. GREGORY DANIEL, AXEON – HAGENS BERMAN, in 4:21:34
  • 2. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :05
  • 3. Travis MCCABE, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :05
  • 4. Chad BEYER, LUPUS RACING TEAM, at :05
  • 5. Evan HUFFMAN, RALLY CYCLING, at :06
  • 6. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :07
  • 7. Oscar CLARK, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :11
  • 8. Logan OWEN, AXEON – HAGENS BERMAN, at :12
  • 9. Robin CARPENTER, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :13
  • 10. Taylor SHELDON, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS, at :16

 

Groups were constantly splitting together and reforming over the course of the 187-kilometer (116-mile) race, in which just 25 riders made it to the finish line.

Daniel spent time as one of several riders in an early breakaway move that also included 2014 national champion Eric Marcotte (Jamis), but even after the move was reeled in he continued to fight to get into escape attempts in an effort to take the pressure off the team’s designated sprinter Logan Owen.

Owen himself jumped clear with Taylor Shelden (Jelly Belly – Maxxis) early on in the 12th and final lap, but the duo was reeled in inside the final 10km.

From there, Daniel and four others formed a new lead group with a selection of fast finishers giving chase not far behind. Less than 2km from the finish, Daniel decided to make a solo bid for glory, and it paid off.

“When we hit that final climb up Manly Road I just sat on and watched and I was expecting a move. There wasn’t a move that went and I was like, ‘Well, maybe everyone’s tired.’ So I just decided to test the legs and no one followed,” Daniel said.

“I tried not to look back but when I looked back I saw the gap and I knew I just had to go full gas. Because I knew at that point I couldn’t sprint. And then I just kept going to the line.

“I don’t want to make a fool of myself when I came to the line in case there was already a group up the road so I looked at the clock and saw zero laps to go and the timer at zero, so I was the first one. I couldn’t believe it. I was just like, ‘What?’ I just can’t believe it.”

Daniel’s win marks another big success for the Axeon Hagens Berman squad, whose stable of young riders have racked up a number of impressive results this season. Daniel’s teammate Logan Owen claimed victory in the under-23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, while Adrien Costa took the overall title at the Tour de Bretagne at the beginning of May.

Daniel himself claimed the mountains classification at the 2015 Tour of Utah when he was just 20 years old, and now he’s secured a 12-month stint in the stars and stripes of the national road race champion.

Men’s road race results

  • 1. GREGORY DANIEL, AXEON – HAGENS BERMAN, in 4:21:34
  • 2. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :05
  • 3. Travis MCCABE, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :05
  • 4. Chad BEYER, LUPUS RACING TEAM, at :05
  • 5. Evan HUFFMAN, RALLY CYCLING, at :06
  • 6. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :07
  • 7. Oscar CLARK, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :11
  • 8. Logan OWEN, AXEON – HAGENS BERMAN, at :12
  • 9. Robin CARPENTER, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :13
  • 10. Taylor SHELDON, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS, at :16
  • 11. John MURPHY, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :46
  • 12. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :48
  • 13. Kiel REIJNEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :48
  • 14. Matthew BUSCHE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :48
  • 15. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :48
  • 16. Robbie SQUIRE, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :48
  • 17. Jacob RATHE, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS, at :48
  • 18. Griffin EASTER, TEAM ILLUMINATE, at :48
  • 19. Chris BUTLER, CAT, at :50
  • 20. Eric MARCOTTE, TEAM JAMIS, at :51
  • 21. Bjorn SELANDER, RALLY CYCLING, at :55
  • 22. Jacob SITLER, ACT, at 1:14
  • 23. Benjamin KING, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 1:15
  • 24. Michael OLHEISER, LUPUS RACING TEAM, at 12:33
  • 25. Bryan LEWIS, LUPUS RACING TEAM, at 12:33
  • DNF Tanner PUTT, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Curtis WHITE, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Michael SHEEHAN, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS
  • DNF Charles Bradley HUFF, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF John HORNBECK, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR
  • DNF Connor BROWN, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Travis LIVERMON, ACT
  • DNF Barry MILLER, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Nicholas TORRACA, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Connor MCCUTCHEON, TEAM ILLUMINATE
  • DNF Evan MURPHY, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Sepp KUSS, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Jesse ANTHONY, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Bradley WHITE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Thomas SOLADAY, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Daniel SUMMERHILL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Lance HAIDET, TEAM ILLUMINATE
  • DNF Ben WOLFE, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS
  • DNF Joshua RUIZ, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF William STEPHENS, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Christopher HORNER, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Nolan TANKERSLEY, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Cullen EASTER, TEAM ILLUMINATE
  • DNF Ansel DICKEY, ACT
  • DNF Emerson ORONTE, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Winston DAVID, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Camilo ZAMBRANO, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Cory Lewis WILLIAMS, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Eric YOUNG, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Tyler MAGNER, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Cory GREENBERG, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Jonah MEAD VAN COURT, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Kyle MURPHY, TEAM JAMIS
  • DNF Jacob Mark KING
  • DNF Samuel Hunter SNIPE GROVE, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Zack ALLISON, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Danny PATE, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Oliver FLAUTT, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Max JENKINS, ACT
  • DNF Shane KLINE, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Julian KYER, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Phillip GAIMON, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Joseph SCHMALZ, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Miguel BRYON, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR
  • DNF Brendan RHIM, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR
  • DNF David WILLIAMS, ACT
  • DNF Tom ZIRBEL, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Joshua BERRY, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS
  • DNF Jason SALTZMAN, TEAM ILLUMINATE
  • DNF Chris PUTT, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS
  • DNF Mac BRENNAN, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR