With a little more than 30 km to go, Jason McCartney (UnitedHealthcare) attacked his breakmates and was alone at the front, gaining time on the chase group with each passing kilometer. McCartney held on to take the second win for UHC at the Volta a Portugal following Jay Thomson‘s victory on stage 1.
“For me I needed to win. I’m not the youngest guy in the bunch and I’ve had some troubles this year and I’m coming back now strong. That’s kind of my specialty just going when everyone doesn’t expect you to.” said 38-year old McCartney whose last win was at the 2007 Vuelta a España.
The breakaway was formed early on in the 184-km stage 6 from Aveiro to Viseu when 17 riders escaped off the front within the first 20 kilometers. McCartney along with teammates Marc de Maar and Kai Reus made the split which also included four Portuguese riders. The group pushed the gap to a maximum of six and a half minutes.
At the 150km mark, McCartney made his attack and only Karol Domagalski (Caja Rural) tried to answer but McCartney was on a mission and could not be brought back. Domagalski crossed the line minute and 23 seconds later for second place, and Filipe Cardoso of Efapel-Glassdrive followed for third, two seconds later. Hugo Sabido (LA Aluminum / Antarte), who finished in the main field, two minutes and 44 seconds behind the lone winner, remains in yellow.
UnitedHealthcare has posted significant results in Portugal through six stages, claiming two solo stage wins, three days in the yellow jersey for Thomson, three days atop the Team Classification, and four KOM jerseys for Thomson. In addition, Boy van Poppel and de Maar each posted a Top 5 finish in the early stages while Jonny Clarke pulled off a long run in the breakaway with a finishing attack inside the final 3km yesterday.
Team Director, Hendrik Redant, stated, “The boys are riding quite well here in Portugal. Jason did a tremendous job today, as did Marc and Kai and the rest of the guys. Everyone plays a role. They are united and working hard for each other every stage and the results they are achieving are the reward.”