Jaramillo maintains lead in Amgen King of the Mountains competition
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team competed another successful day at the Amgen Tour of California, protecting Daniel Jaramillo’s lead in the Lexus King of the Mountains jersey and bringing GC contender Janier Acevedo safely home after a furious sprint stage to Morro Bay, won by Peter Sagan (BORA – Hasgrohe).
“We knew today would be a hard day with a lot of headwinds,” team director Sebastian Alexandre said. “We also know that we wanted to plan ahead for the week and protect the King of the Mountains jersey.”
Travis McCabe, the team’s main sprinter, finished ninth place after his lead out rider Greg Henderson put him where he needed to be after the tight corner leading to the uphill finish, but McCabe was boxed in the closing meters.
“At the finish, Henderson and McCabe were in good position, but when it came down to go, McCabe was just boxed in,” Alexandre said. “When you lose momentum like that, on an uphill sprint, there isn’t any way to get it back.”
Tomorrow’s stage from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita features four climbs and two sprints over 159.5 km.