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McNulty bids ‘Au revoir’ at final race with Rally UHC Cycling

Giro di Sicilia champion finishes seventh overall at Tour du Poitou-Charentes

Brandon McNulty closed out his three-year journey on Rally UHC Cycling with seventh-place on GC at the Tour du Poitou-Charentes in France. The 22-year-old American finished 10th in the decisive stage 4 time trial en route to claiming second in the Best Young Rider Classification. Teammate Colin Joyce finished an impressive top 15 on all five stages to place 11th overall.

“It’s nice to finish my time at Rally UHC with a strong GC result,” said McNulty. “It was definitely a bit of a nostalgic day, especially once we got back to the bus after the stage. I think I’ll miss the overall culture of the team the most. We’re all good friends and have a lot of good laughs together.”

During his three seasons with the team, McNulty earned a silver medal at the U23 World Time Trial Championships, finished top 10 overall at the Amgen Tour of California and Tour of Oman, and became the first American ever to win the Giro di Sicilia. Shortly after his success in Italy, McNulty inked a three-year contract with WorldTour team UAE.

Team performance director Jonas Carney recruited McNulty back in 2016 when he rode under the leadership of Roy Knickman, a former teammate of Carney’s. Since then, McNulty has grown into one of cycling’s brightest talents.

Jonas gave me the time to develop at my own pace with no pressure and a lot of support and belief,” said McNulty. “My time in Europe and the level of races slowly increased each year to ensure I was always being pushed, but never way over my head. Having older, more experienced guys around me was also a huge advantage. I’ll miss this program.”  

The team will announce the names of the riders who will attempt to fill McNulty’s shoes and those of retiring riders Svein Tuft and Evan Huffman in the coming week.

Next up for the squad are the WorldTour one-day races, Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, on September 13th and 15th. Rally UHC Cycling will field an all-Canadian roster.

Final GC standings
1 LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 125 100 15:04:36
2 GALLOPIN Tony AG2R La Mondiale 85 70 0:33
3 TERPSTRA Niki Team Total Direct Energie 70 50 0:41
4 SCOTSON Miles Groupama – FDJ 60 36 0:44
5 PAILLOT Yoann St Michel – Auber93 50 28 0:54
6 GOUGEARD Alexis AG2R La Mondiale 40 24 0:56
7 MCNULTY Brandon Rally UHC Cycling 35 20 0:59
8 BRÄNDLE Matthias Israel Cycling Academy 30 18 1:07
9 GAUDIN Damien Team Total Direct Energie 25 16 1:15
10 GUERNALEC Thibault Team Arkéa Samsic 20 14 1:18
11 JOYCE Colin Rally UHC Cycling 15 12 1:31
12 CARISEY Clément Israel Cycling Academy 10 10 1:35
13 VALLÉE Boris Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 5 8 1:40
14 CHEVALIER Maxime Vital Concept – B&B Hotels 5 7 1:41
15 CÉSAR Gustavo W52 / FC Porto 5 6 1:42

Final BYR standings
1 SCOTSON Miles Groupama – FDJ 15:05:20
2 MCNULTY Brandon Rally UHC Cycling 0:15
3 GUERNALEC Thibault Team Arkéa Samsic 0:34
4 JOYCE Colin Rally UHC Cycling 0:47
5 CHEVALIER Maxime Vital Concept – B&B Hotels 0:57
6 SWIFT Connor Team Arkéa Samsic 1:03
7 FRAPPORTI Mattia Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec 1:41
8 SIX Franklin Wallonie-Bruxelles 1:54
9 ALBANESE Vincenzo Bardiani – CSF 2:16
10 BOUDAT Thomas Team Total Direct Energie 2:19