On the back of an impressive four top ten finishes, including a 4th and 6th on the first and third stages, respectively, Optum pro Carter Jones cemented his place as the top American GC rider in the domestic peloton. Were it not for a well-publicized neutralization on Stage 2 that resulted in a case of hypothermia for Jones, dropping him to 12th overall, he likely would have finished in the top five on GC. Regardless, in the last weekend of racing, he attacked the elite group of GC men at the top of Hoosier pass on Stage 5, then improved 11 places on his 2013 performance in the Stage 6 Vail TT to finish 10th on the day. Then, in the Stage 7 finale, he again made the final group of GC contenders and showed off his great form by coming out of the last turn first, leading out Optum sprinter Jesse Anthony and finished 10th himself.
The 8th in the UCI 2.HC USA Pro Challenge comes only two weeks after Carter finished 7th on GC in the UCI 2.1 (and America’s toughest stage race) Tour of Utah and his May finish of 11th on GC in the UCI 2.HC Tour of California. These high placings in America’s three premier UCI stage races have garnered Jones much attention in the press and make a strong argument that he is ready for a shot at the World Tour.
Attack on Hoosier. Photo Credit: VeloNews
|Vail TT. Photo Credit: Optum Pro Cycling|
|Final circuit in Denver. Photo Credit: Optum Pro Cycling|
PCG Coach: Steve McGregor