American rider Scott McGill (Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling) took the first pro win of his career on stage 1 of the Volta a Portugal and the 23-year-old has set his sights on competing for more honors and the green jersey as the race continues.
The American finished second on stage 2 and currently leads the green jersey competition.
“I guess I can say that I’m relieved. To be close all year and to finally get a win at this race, I don’t think that it’s sunk in yet. Really,” McGill told VeloNews in a phone call on Saturday evening after his second place on stage 2.
“We knew that we had a chance in the sprint because it was a harder sprint. We were on the front a little earlier than we wanted but given the technical nature of the finish it was important. Noah Granigan was a huge part of the win and then I just had to let a few wheels go before I popped around them.
“I feel a little bit disappointed with second today but if yesterday didn’t happen then this would still be the biggest result of my career. So I don’t think that I can be too disappointed. We also kept the green jersey as well.”
The green jersey was not a primary aim for McGill or his team heading into the race but with a slender lead and some fast legs it has now become a possible objective as the race opens up.
“At the first meeting we […]