Chris Jones Earns Most Courageous Rider Jersey on Stage 6 of Amgen Tour of California
The men of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team lined up for another tough day of climbing in stage 6 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. Starting in Santa Clarita, the 151.8-kilometer stage sent riders racing up Bouquet Canyon and Spooky Canyon, speeding down to Leona Valley and Palmdale, and then climbing to the summits of Mount Emma and finally Mount High for the finish. With four king of the mountain competitions and two sprint competitions available across today’s 11,700 feet of climbing, breakaway attempts were early and frequent as soon as the race rolled out of Santa Clarita.
The first group of riders to succeed in distancing the peloton included UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team rider Chris Jones, who launched his attack roughly 24 kilometers into the stage. Jones and his 5 companions rode bravely on the front of the race through oppressive heat and harsh exposure. Showing outstanding form, Jones surged to win each of the first three king of the mountain competitions, amassing enough points to move into 3rd place in the mountains category. Around 130 kilometers into the stage, the riders began the day’s final climb to the summit finish at Mt. High Ski Area. Chris Jones rejoined the peloton 16 kilometers from the summit, but his efforts did not go unnoticed by fans or race officials. Jones was awarded the Breakaway From Cancer most courageous rider jersey for his aggression and persistence, having been a key player in today’s breakaway just two days after he spent the bulk of stage 4 in a successful breakaway then sprinted to 4th place. Chris Jones will wear the coveted jersey for tomorrow’s 142.8-kilometer stage from Santa Clarita to Pasadena.