Scott McGill, the recent two-stage winner and points jersey for the Volta ao Algarve, has been given the role of leader of the USA cycling team at this weekend’s Maryland Cycling Classic with the manager of Team Mike Sayers comparing the 23-year-old to former pro Tyler Farrar.
Farrar retired in 2017 and has since become a full-time firefighter, but ten years ago he was the best American sprinter since Davis Phinney. Farrar won stages on all three major cycling circuits in a career that spanned two decades.
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The United States hasn’t had a consistent sprinter in Europe in the men’s field since then, but McGill has shown some promise recently. He currently races for Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling in the continental ranks, but since his winning streak in Portugal, several top-tier teams have expressed interest in his services for 2023. As Farrar did earlier in his career, McGill could go to Europe next time. season, and an outstanding result in the Maryland Cycling Classic could be the perfect springboard.
“McGill is the leader,” Sayers said BikeNews during a call Wednesday afternoon. “He won two stages in the Tour of Portugal and then he got into the top five maybe twice more. He has always been a very good rider. He was a bit under the radar and moved on to Aevolo but then got caught up in the COVID mess when it came to finding a team but it looks like he’s got a lot of interest from many teams in general.
“We haven’t had a real American kick in Europe for a while. So McGill seems to be playing that role, assuming things continue as they are. I think for sure Farrar was an original kick for us and McGill is definitely taking over from him. Noah Granigan is part of the team for the race and he will also have a leadership role. He had a small crash in Portugal but he recovered quite well and he is an underrated rider.
The Maryland Cycling Classic is the biggest one-day US national race on the calendar with multiple WorldTour teams venturing across the Atlantic to compete against top national riders. EF Education-EasyPost, Team BikeExchange and Trek-Segafredo are all sending strong rosters to the race and the event will give McGill the opportunity to pit themselves against Michael Matthews and Magnus Cort.
“For all the guys, if they have a good drive, it could be life changing,” Sayers said.
“WorldTour teams are always looking for the next guy. For Scott, it might be a bit of a jump for next year, but you never know. He’s really quick and he seems like he could squeeze his way to the front of a bike race. Even if it’s not the WorldTour, there could be an opportunity for him to race at the next level. If he can have a good run, he’s also the first reserve for Australia, so he could be at the Worlds.