Clarke drives breakaway at Amgen Tour of California Stage 2
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Whenever there’s a plan to get a rider in the break of the day, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team couldn’t ask for someone more reliable than Jonathan Clarke. When the flag dropped to mark the official start of stage 2, the 33-year-old Aussie charged into the break with no hesitation, spending the majority of the 157-kilometer day with two other pro continental riders.
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“Our plan for today was to get someone in the break and we managed that,” team director Seba Alexandre said after the stage. “With the early break at zero km we raced aggressively with Jonny until they were caught.”
Clarke, Ruben Companioni (Holowesko-Citadel) and Adam De Vos (Rally Cycling) gained a maximum of almost six minutes over four category 3 climbs and two intermediate sprints before they were caught at the base of the biggest ascent of the tour on Gibraltar Road, category HC.
“It was a long hard day out there,” said Clarke, who recently finished second overall at the Tour of Taiwan. “I felt good and pleased I could represent the team for most of the stage. It shows the team is here to race.”