Jones collects top 5 overall for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling at Tour of Alberta
EDMONTON, Alberta – Tanner Putt and Daniel Eaton placing seventh and eighth on the final stage of the Tour of Alberta after 124 kilometres of aggressive racing around the city center of Edmonton.
Chris Jones maintained his fifth place overall, while Evan Huffman (Rally) took the general classification title.
“Our guys defended well today again and were very aggressive,” UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Director Hendrik Rendant said.
The final stage of the Tour of Alberta was 11 laps of a 10-kilometer circuit featuring two significant climbs that made for a frenetic last stage.
Lachlan Norris, who finished 12th overall on GC, managed to put himself in a break of 16 riders that maintained about a minute advantage over a Rally-led peloton. With about 35 km to go, Travis McCabe made the move and joined the front break with five other riders.
Towards the final part of the stage, Norris tried to escape with Rob Britton (Rally). He was joined by three other riders, but the attempted was neutralized on the final lap. It was all together in the closing kilometres and came down to a sprint, won by Wouter Wippert (Cannondale).
“All in all, team raced very well, but we were unlucky with the crash of Travis on day two,” Redant said.