A new course, a new season, and just like that, Arizona’s hometown cycling phenom, Junior Time Trial World Champion Brandon McNulty (Rally Cycling) ended up in the hospital after crashing at the front of the race.

McNulty, 18, had already lapped the Pro 1/2/3 field twice in the Verrado Velo Crit near Buckeye, Ariz. on a short technical course when he clipped a pedal going around a turn and then crashed into a metal barricade, slicing open the top of his hand.

“I was having fun until I clipped that pedal,” McNulty said. “Ouch.”

R.J. McNulty, Brandon’s father, said his son received 10 stitches in his hand.

“But there was no tendon damage so he should be back on it in a couple days,” he said, adding that paramedics called ahead to a hand specialist at Banner Estrella Hospital. “Brandon was taken in at the ER immediately and treated like a VIP.”

After officials neutralized the Men’s Pro 1/2/3 race to attend to McNulty and clear the course, the race restarted with 25 minutes to go.

Attacks launched, but nothing could stop the green machine up a long slight incline. Landis/Trek’s Adam Bryfogle took the win.

“I rode up front all day long and with this guy [Michael Dziedzic],” Bryfogle said. “He helped me at the end – a very pivotal moment – and I just flung to the inside.”

Race organizers called off the Women’s Pro 1/2/3 race after receiving only one day-of entry. Cat 1 rider Amy Chandos competed with the Men’s Pro 1/2/3 field.

Hovering clouds threatened rain all day long, but bowed out of being a race factor.

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