Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Team Novo Nordisk’s Javier Megias earned his best result of the season when he finished seventh at the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, the highest rated one day professional cycling event in the United States, on Sunday.
The 123-mile race began aggressively with riders continuously attacking off the front. It wasn’t until the peloton started to climb the iconic Manayunk Wall for the second time that a seven-man break escaped. They built a gap of around two minutes on the 12.3-mile course.
At separate points during the race, Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor and Javier Megias attacked from the peloton and attempted to bridge up to the breakaway group. Neither was successful and with two laps remaining on the 10-lap circuit, the original seven-man breakaway was absorbed.
Over the remaining laps, the peloton shattered and less than a dozen riders remained in contention for the win. Defending champion Kiel Reijnen (United Healthcare Pro Cycling) took the win with Megias finishing seventh.
“I felt strong when I hit the base of Manayunk on the final lap,” Megias said. “I knew I had to fight for the win because there were so many good riders up there with me. I attacked with 500 meters to go and gained a small gap, but it ended up being too early and a few other guys passed me. I’m still pleased with today’s result.”
For the veteran Megias, today’s race is his best finish at the Philly Cycling Classic. In 2010, he finished ninth. The 30-year-old has raced his entire career with type 1 diabetes. Other notable accolades include runner-up at stages of the Tour de Beauce and Tour of Utah, and third on stages at the Tour of Utah and GP Plumelec-Morbihan.