The Orange and Black punctuated a brilliant week of racing at the 2014 Tour of Utah by placing Carter Jones 7th overall after seven days of racing. Carter was the only domestic rider to finish in the top ten overall. The week’s impressive palmares featured Eric Young’s emphatic sprint victory in stage five, while the team claimed top-ten finishes in six of seven days of racing.
“We came to the Tour of Utah with a roster designed for two major goals – winning a stage with our leadout train, and placing Carter as high as possible on the overall standings,” said Peroformance Director Jonas Carney. “To come to Utah, a race at altitude with an enormous amount of climbing and the world’s top teams gunning for stage wins and overall placing, and achieve our goals as a team is a great feeling.”
Read Performance Manager Eric Wohlberg’s recap of the final two stages of racing, in which the team helped Carter capture one of his most impressive overall placements ever.
Stage 7 | Park City | 78 miles
“Sunday’s final stage, a massive circuit around Park City was shorter distance-wise at just 76 miles, but finished with a very nasty 7 mile HC climb up Empire Pass, followed by a harrowing 60 MPH+ descent into Park City. Our squad was once again ready to go as hard as possible and accomplish the goal of delivering Carter in prime position for the race’s penultimate climb. Despite a stiff pace set by Garmin-Sharp to protect Tom Danielson’s yellow jersey up the first big climb, we placed Carter and a couple teammates across the summit in the front group. Once off the descent, our guys cradled Carter for the flattish 18 mile run into Empire Pass.
Armed with fresh water, ice socks and a strong will, Carter followed Danielson and his Garmin-Sharp teammates up the very challenging grade. Halfway up, a select group of 4 including Danielson powered away. BMC’s Cadel Evans, hunting for another stage win and overall positioning, responded. Carter was the only rider who responded to Evans’ dangerous move, and jumped across the gap to joined an elite breakaway of 6 riders. This group went to the line together, and Carter finished 6th on the day. Thanks to great support by his teammates and staff, he finished a very impressive 7th overall at “America’s Toughest Stage Race”, the Tour of Utah. We come away with several top 5 stage finishes, a stage win, a podium, and a top 10 GC result against the world’s best. The whole team should sleep well tonight after this fantastic effort.”
Stage 6 | Salt Lake City to Snowbird | 107 miles
“Saturday’s 106 mile stage was raced very well by the boys. The start was tough, with two categorized climbs right out of the blocks. The World Tour teams were out for blood and BMC stacked an initial 12-man move. The pace was a little too much for our guys and we missed the breakaway, but we also knew that Garmin was going to have to ride hard to keep Danielson in yellow. The gap quickly went to 4 minutes but the situation looked to be under control with Garmin riding the front. Cadel Evans nuked it across to the move and situation became a bit more grave. There was horsepower in the move and Carter’s GC spot was now threatened. While we didn’t actively chase, the guys rallied around Carter so he could be at his best on the final 15 km climb to the summit finish at Snowbird ski resort. Once he was in his element, Carter rode strong and finished 9th on the stage, moving himself a little further up in the coverall standings.”