UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Leads Team GC, Daniel Eaton 5th Overall, Murphy 10th on Amgen Tour of California Opener
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team kicked off the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, covering 175 kilometers with over 2100 meters of climbing. Beginning in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Diego, the race went straight through downtown and past the harbor, where Daniel Eaton raced his way into the breakaway of the day. At the first sprint point at Imperial Beach, Eaton took 2nd place. From here the breakaway’s advantage began to swell as the route pitched up for the first climb of the race in the hills of East County. Honey Springs road was the setting for the first king of the mountain competition this year, where Eaton rode into 4th place before the race pointed downhill for a fast finish by the ocean. In the second and final intermediate sprint at Navajo Road, Eaton arrived across the line third.
With Eaton in the breakaway all day, the rest of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team was able to conserve energy and prepare for the high-speed finale. The team rallied around sprinter John Murphy as the race returned to the wide, flat streets of Mission Bay. Murphy came across the line 10th, with teammates Tanner Putt and Marco Canola in 14th and 17th, respectively. With three riders in the top 20 on the stage, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team took the lead in the team general classification after stage 1. Eaton’s hard effort in the breakaway earned 5th in the general classification, 4th in the king of the mountains classification, and 2nd in the best young rider category— a great result for the young American.
General Manager and Sporting Director Mike Tamayo commented, “The guys executed our plan to a T, it was a great first day with seven more stages to come. We’re looking forward to more opportunities in the coming days.”