Day-long Breakaway Effort Moves Huffman Into Second Overall at Amgen Tour of California
Evan Huffman continued his stellar season with a second place finish in stage two of the Amgen Tour of California. En route to the podium, Huffman claimed the King of the Mountains jersey and moved into second place on the general classification.
“One of the goals of the day was to get in the break and get the KOM jersey,” said Huffman. “Once in the break I just tried to wait until the last 200 meters on the climbs and sprint. Ben (King) was close on the first two KOMs but I was able to edge him out. On the last one, he kind of let me have it. It’s great to have a jersey and a podium in my home state.”
UnitedHealthcare's Brad White Wins Wilmington Grand Prix
Brad White made it three victories in three years at the Wilmington Grand Prix on Saturday, as the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team rider soloed to the line in the pouring rain. White credited his tires and plenty of hours of foul weather training as critical factors in the win. White talked about the victory after a standout performance, "I couldn't be more excited to take my third win in a row at the Wilmington Grand Prix. It's a great race with a good atmosphere and hard course."
The race started in the sunshine, but the weather turned about 10 minutes into the action. Soon, the wind was blowing and the rain began. The treacherous conditions reduced the front group to just 20 riders. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team moved to the front of the pack to protect White, and picked up the pace in the process. White took this opportunity to attack, taking four riders with him. The break established itself, and with teammates covering every move behind him, White was able to focus on working towards the win.
Team Katusha Comes up Short, Hoping for More Chances to Come
Text and Photo by Rebecca Reza
Stage 1 of the 11th annual AMGEN Tour of California began Sunday under overcast skies for a 108.7-mile loop around San Diego. The World Champion, Peter Sagan of Tinkoff, garnered the first win for the week, and his 14th stage win in California ahead of Wouter Wipper of Cannondale Pro Cycling and Dylan Groenewegen of Lotto NL-Jumbo in third. Michael Sheehan of Jelly Belly sits third on GC ahead of Groenewegen, after earning valuable sprint bonus seconds during the stage.