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Eric Marcotte wins Texas Tough as Isaac Howes takes USA Crits series

Eric Marcotte (Pista Palace) lapped the field and got the better of former ProTour breakaway companion Pat McCarty (Matrix-Richardson Bike Mart) in the finale of the Texas Tough GP Thursday night in Dallas. The pair survived a long breakaway with Kyle Wamsley (Bissell) and Karl Menzies (UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis) and caught the field in the closing laps.

Isaac Howes (Mountain Khakis-Jittery Joe’s) entered the race with a 13-point lead over Clayton Barrows (AXA Equitable-CRCA) in the USA Crits series overall standings. Howe finished the night 17th with Barrows four wheels back and secured the final overall and U25 titles in the 10-event series, which began in April at the Terrapin Twilight Criterium in Athens, Georgia.

Mountain Khakis finished five riders on the night and also locked up its second consecutive team overall title, while Wamsley rode into the final lap leader’s classification.

Quick results

  • 1. Eric Marcoote, Team Pista Palace, 1:21:48
  • 2. Patrick McCarty, Matrix-RBM, at 0:01
  • 3. Kyle Wamsley, Bissell Pro Cycling, same time
  • 4. Karl Menzies, UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis, s.t.
  • 5. Rob Bush, Kenda, s.t.