You wait ages for the first pro-level win of your career and then two come along in the space of a week. At least that’s the case for American rider Scott McGill ( Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling ) after the 23-year-old won his second stage of the Volta a Portugal on Thursday.
The win propelled the American sprinter back into the lead of the points classification and cemented his place as one of the hottest properties rising through the US ranks when it comes to European racing. The Volta a Portugal has been a breakout race for McGill with two second places sitting alongside his pair of stage wins.
“The breakaways have been harder and harder to control and taken longer and longer to form as the race has gone on. We only have five guys so yesterday was a much harder day. Then Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor kept the break pretty tight and then with about 50km to go we started to take control of the race with Jonathan Clarke and Cormac McGeough. It was a pretty technical finale, as most of these are, with the finishes in towns, but I was able to win the uphill sprint,” McGill told VeloNews ahead of stage 7.
“I’m back in the green jersey now with a six-point lead. We didn’t come into the race with the jersey as a target so we’re just trying to win stages and then if we do that the jersey could come our way. We’re not trying to spend […]