Carter Jones finished 8th overall today at the USA Pro Challenge after seven days of racing in Colorado. The team weathered rain, cold, and some of the highest racing altitudes in the world to gather Jones his second top-ten overall placing in America’s three premiere stage races. Jesse Anthony finished 7th on the 78 mile stage from Boulder to Denver, contesting a bunch sprint won by Garmin-Sharp’s Alex Howes.
Jones wasn’t satisfied with just a top-ten finish in his home state – on the closing circuits in Denver, he helped guide Anthony on the chaotic final circuits, giving him a chance to contest the sprint. His top ten finish in Colorado came after an 11th overall placing at the Tour of California and 8th overall at the Tour of Utah.
“Im happy – the week might not have gone perfectly, but breaking the top ten in a 2.HC ranked race this was a major goal for me,” said Jones. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teammates. Most importantly, their confidence in me helped me get through the week. I have learned so much this year from the team, it has really been a great season. I think we can look back on this race and be proud.”
Jones and his Optum p/b KBS teammates faced high altitudes, unpredictable rainfall, and low temperatures in Colorado. The difficulty of the seventh and final course of the race was ramped up for 2014, changing a downtown circuit into a brutal ride from Boulder, over Lookout Mountain, and into Denver for several circuits.
“It was great to see Carter and the team battle through some tough conditions and get a good placing overall,” said Performance Director Jonas Carney. “We wanted to have a shot at a stage win which unfortunately didn’t happen, but we are looking forward to the Tour of Alberta and some of the sprinter friendly stages there.”