Clarke and Mannion score top 10 results at Snowbasin
SNOWBASIN, Utah – The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team continues to make waves at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah with two top ten finishes by Jonny Clarke and Gavin Mannion after 151 km of racing through the Wasatch Mountains.
Mannion climbs to 6th overall on GC, targeting tomorrow’s TT
Mannion’s result of tenth place moves him up into sixth overall on the general classification, a mere two seconds behind race leader Sepp Kuss (RALLY).
On a stage that featured two KOM and a top mountaintop finish, DS Seba Alexandre said the plan for the day was to put someone in the break. While Seba Haedo, yesterday’s third place finisher Travis McCabe, Lachlan Norris and Chris Jones were in charge of making sure the break was less than five riders, Janier Acevedo’s job was to get into front groups or 15 or more riders.
Clarke, Mannion and Daniel Jaramillo were the team’s stage and GC options.
“The race was very aggressive from the beginning as we started with a climb,” Alexandre said. “Our guys did well controlling the race and everything went according our plan.”
Three riders escaped up the road and halfway through the stage, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling began to chase with BMC and Rally.
“On the second KOM, the group split and only 30 guys made the front group,” Alexandre said. “We got four guys there and race was under control until final climb.”
At the line, a select group of 20 finished atop Snowbasin with around the same. Clarke and Mannion finished in ninth and 10th.
Stage three is a nine km uphill time trial at Big Cottonwood Canyon.
“We are looking forward to the TT, and hoping to move Mannion up to the top five on GC,” Alexandre said.