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By VeloNews Interactive
Ian Macgregor (TIAA-CREF/5280) won the under-23 national championship road race Friday at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort, attacking a 13-man breakaway and then fencing with Blake Caldwell (U.S. National) over the final kilometers.
Macgregor and Mike Cody launched the first serious break of the day just 15km into the 193km race, run on the same circuit on which Lance Armstrong won his first road title 13 years ago. Soon, a second group of six riders bridged up, followed by another group of four that included Caldwell and U.S. National’s Stuart Gillespie. Then TIAA-CREF’s Todd Yesefski, Jay Ku, and Nathan Mitchell jumped the gap, and the break boiled down to a battle between TIAA-CREF and the U.S. national team.
The break soon had four minutes on a disorganized field, but as the kilometers dragged on, the group began to crumble as the chase finally coalesced behind. Then, with some 30 miles remaining, Macgregor attacked the break on the steepest climb of the course and only Caldwell could match him. The duo quickly sped away from the remnants of the break, which was being marked by the teammates of both Macgregor and Caldwell.
This duo seemed evenly matched as they pulled slowly away, and on the course’s other significant climb Caldwell attacked, knowing Macgrgeor would be better in the sprint. But Macgregor countered, opening a small gap on Caldwell, and for 10km, the two were just 10 seconds apart until Macgregor put the hammer down and went on to win the biggest victory of his career.
Caldwell held on for second, while Macgregor’s teammate Timmy Duggan swept up the remnants of the break to claim third.
Park City Cycling Festival
Under-23 national road race championship
Deer Valley Resort, UT. August 13
1. Ian Macgregor, TIAA-CREF/5280
2. Blake Caldwell, U.S. National
3. Timmy Duggan, TIAA-CREF/5280
4. David Robinson, Broadmark Capital
5. Stuart Gillespie, U.S. National