Daniel Jaramillo Claims KOM Jersey for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in Tour of Utah Opener
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team set out on stage 1 of the 2016 Tour of Utah with a clear goal: position Daniel Jaramillo for the day’s breakaway, allowing him to stretch his legs and contest the two king of the mountain competitions at Mammoth Creek and Bristlecone summits. Starting early on Monday morning to avoid the heat of the day, the peloton rolled out of Zion Canyon Village on a mountainous route through Zion National Park and Dixie National Forest, gaining 7164 feet of elevation across the 84.1-mile course before finishing in the town of Cedar City. Following a brief neutral start, the real racing commenced quickly, with an early breakaway group forming just minutes after the official racing start. With the support of his teammates, Jaramillo made the jump and joined the breakaway.
As the group of four neared the intermediate sprint and KOM competitions, Jaramillo focused on earning maximum points in the latter, while saving energy as the sprints neared. The Colombian climber surged on each climb, taking maximum points in each competition. With the king of the mountains jersey points locked up and a likely sprint finish in store at the end of the stage, Jaramillo was able to catch his breath and rest for the remainder of Stage 1 while the peloton worked to reel in the breakaway.
With the day’s main objective complete, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team formed around Italian sprinter Marco Canola for the finale. In the final 400 meters before the line, a collision brought multiple riders down and blocked the Blue Train lead out before it got up to full speed. Tanner Putt managed to claim 10th for the squad, with Canola just behind him in 12th. Despite the misfortune in the finale, general manager and sporting director Mike Tamayo was pleased with the work and accomplishments of the squad on day 1, concluding, “We’re very happy with how the Tour of Utah has started for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. With clear goals set for stage 1, the riders started executing immediately.”
“Morale is high on among the riders and we’re ready to fight on stage 2.” Tamayo continued, as the team set out from Escalante on their second day of racing.