McNulty, teammate take top podium spots in Quebec; next up: worlds

Arizona’s teen cycling phenom Brandon McNulty (LUX-Specialized by Cynergy) continued on Tuesday to make his presence known on the world stage with a second-place finish behind his teammate at Le Tour de l’Abitibi in Quebec, Canada.

McNulty, 17, and Adrien Costa (California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) of Los Altos, Calif. took over the top steps of the podium to bring home the win for USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP).

“It was a super fun week of racing and way harder than I had thought it would be,” McNulty said. “I would have liked to have kept the jersey, but an opportunity arose for my teammate to take it and also the points jersey so I’m still super happy with second. I think the whole team knew that we were capable of going 1-2 with amount of fire power we had, and to be able to execute it perfectly feels amazing.”

The Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins is an international race that annually brings together 150 cyclists for a week of competition. It is a stage of the UCI Juniors Nations’ Cup, and one of only seven outside of Europe.

McNulty had success early on in the Tour, which was seven stages in total. He pulled away with 20 kilometers to go in stage one and won in Val-d’Or, Quebec.

McNulty said he would likely go to California to get out of the heat and train and do some local races before heading to the UCI World Road Championships in Richmond, Va. in September.

Full l’Abitibi GC results

Sarah Muench