May 13, 2013

Carter Jones took the Amgen Tour of California by the horns on the first stage and gave notice he was there to race.  The break of the day formed inside the first 10 miles, but didn't really establish itself until Jones bridged up to it.  Once he got there, they worked together well and set off for a day off the front; a hot day off the front.  Temps would remain in the triple digits for most of the day making an all day break even tougher.  Once he got to work though, Carter won the first intermediate sprint and took the accompanying 3 sec time bonus.  He finished second on the first KOM, but the real climbing was still to come.  Jones led over the highest point of the ToC race, Palomar Mountain, for maximum points and then took another KOM before the finish.  By the last KOM, the break had been whittled down to just two riders and they still held the field off until inside the last 5 km.  Once caught, Jones was able to finish with the remnants of the peleton, and with his 3 sec time bonus ended up 4th on GC in addition to being the first rider to pull on the KOM jersey in the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. 

PCG Coach: Stephen McGregor