Photo Gallery: 2017 Tour of California
The 2017 Amgen Tour of California opened with the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s race in South Lake Tahoe, California on May 11th. The women finished in Sacramento three days later. After defending the leader’s jersey for two days, the team came into the final stage with only a 1-second lead. After time-bonuses and the sprint finish on the final Sacrament circuit race the team narrowly missed the win by merely a second.
I’m really proud of the work our UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team put in this week. We stepped up each day and as every challenge was thrown at us we grabbed it by both hands fighting. We weren’t intimidated by any of the other teams and tried to win the race.
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s team concluded the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race with Katie Hall taking second place overall after four days of racing. The 30-year-old climber also secured the Lexus Queen of the Mountains jersey.
The men’s race started in Sacramento, on the same circuit where the women finished. Roaring into town, the first stage saw our sprinters mix it up with the best in the world, and our climbers push to the limits.
On stage 2 Tanner Putt bridged a gap between the first and second groups in order to give Jaramillo a shot at the KOM points. Putt’s efforts paid off, at the end of stage 2 Jaramillo captured 24 points and the lead in the King of the Mountains competition.
The team battled for the KOM points all week long, and at the end of the race it paid off. Rally Cycling’s Evan Huffman attempted to steal the jersey away, but ultimately team efforts in the beginning of the week assured Jaramillo would take the polka dot jersey home.
A purpose greater than racing
The whole time that the team was fighting for position on the road and battling to defend the KOM points, they were wearing the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation logo on their backs. The team has supported the foundation and the amazing work that it does for years in a number of ways, and this year they wanted to bring attention to it in a different fashion. Not only did the team proudly carry the logos on their jerseys, bikes, and vehicles, but they also welcomed Adelynn Case to be pro for a day on stage 7. Adelynn is seven years old and received grants in 2012 and 2016 to help fund hearing aids after she was diagnosed with Pendred Syndrome. With the help of the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation grants Adelynn is not only able to hear better, but her speech and school work have improved dramatically. The team welcomed Adelynn in Pasadena to watch the final stage live, on course. After the team crossed the finish line they proudly presented Adelynn with a special Jakroo jersey, helmet, and an Orbea bike.