Eric Young and his seven teammates finished strong after a hot week full of climbing yesterday at La Vuelta Mexico, claiming victory on the 22 lap Circuito Reforma through the heart of Mexico City.The win was rewarding for the team on the sixth and final stage, with the team battling the climate, tough roads, and tough competition from around North and South America.
“The week was ending rough, as Bjorn Selander, Mike Friedman and Carter Jones weren’t healthy enough to take the start for the final stage,” said Performance Manager Eric Wohlberg. “The plan was to go all in for the sprint, so that left us five guys to control the race and then fire up the lead out train.”
The team worked together to tow back a dangerous breakaway with less than two laps to go in the race, and finished things off with a miniature version of their dangerous lead out train.
“Zirbel executed the game plan well of keeping Candelario and Young clear of the swarm,” said Wohlberg. “Cando took Young to the front with 300 meters to spare, and Young timed his sprint to perfection.”
The team was motivated following their performance in stage five’s individual time trial, with three riders in the top ten and Tom Zirbel missing the top step of the podium by just three seconds. Will Routley and Scott Zwizanski finished 5th and 7th, respectively, in the TT.
“It was nice to finish the week with two great days in a row,” added Wohlberg. “It is always tough to start the season in conditions like this, with high temperatures and high altitudes, but it is will be rewarding for the guys as they continue racing this spring around the world.”
Tour of Mexico 2014 Roster