As final race of the 2014 National Criterium Calendar series, the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup attracted the country’s fastest criterium racers to ride laps around the iconic Government Center in downtown Boston.
Holloway upsets UHC lead out
The star-studded elite men’s race featured a variety of riders, ranging from ProTour to local category 1 racers. With threats like Ted King (Cannondale Pro Cycling) and Gavin Mannion (Garmin-Sharp) thrown into the mix, the UnitedHealthcare men’s squad was forced take control of the last quarter of the race, retrieving breaks and covering attacks. Despite its best efforts to set up sprinter Ken Hanson, current amateur criterium national champion Daniel Holloway (Athlete-Octane Cycling) took the dash to the line.
“All season, Athlete Octane and other teams have been working to find the chink in the UHC armor,” said Holloway following his victory. “It wasn’t until the last 300 meters that [UnitedHealthcare] was totally exposed and I was able to take advantage of that.”
Rivera wins in new national champion’s jersey
Sporting her recently-earned national criterium champion’s kit, Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare), had to work with limited support as much of her team is currently in Spain at UCI world road championships. Despite having limited firepower, Coryn Rivera and teammate Hannah Barnes were able to patrol the race perfectly, setting up Rivera for the win in the final sprint.
“There’s no better way to end the season than to get the victory in my first race in the stars and bars,” said Rivera. “I’ve had an incredible year with the UnitedHealthcare pro cycling team and I couldn’t have seen it go any other way.”