Jonathan Clarke crossed the road solo forward of teammate Noah Granigan because the Wildlife Era Professional Biking Crew went one-two within the Mount Gaylor Highway Race on the opening day of the Walmart Joe Martin Stage Race. Tyler Stites (Venture Echelon Racing) completed in third.
A 3-rider chase group behind Clarke completed 34 seconds again, led by Granigan. Stites took the ultimate podium spot forward of climber Sergio Henao who posted a shock fourth place. The Colombian retired in March however returned to racing in Arkansas as a part of a seven-rider squad Emanuel Ibarry 2NDBIKE. After 9 years on the WorldTour degree at Crew Sky and UAE Crew Emirates, he moved to Qhuheka-NextHash in 2021, however couldn’t discover a contract when the workforce shut down in December.
The peloton was splintered because it crossed the end of the 191.5km (119-mile) stage 1 which had 2,079 metres (6,823 toes) of elevation achieve. The warmth supplied as a lot chaos because the climbing with temperatures rising to 31 levels Celsius (88F) and winds blowing 24 kph, and better gusts, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The peloton completed the day cut up into two major teams, with Scott McGill (Wildlife Era) main the primary bunch of 16 throughout the road in fifth place, 50 seconds off the successful tempo of his teammate Clarke, who will put on the chief’s jersey Friday for the Mount Sequoya Highway Race, a 181.5-kilometre (112.8-mile) trek with 1,863 metres (6,115 toes) of elevation achieve. It has an uphill end to the highest of Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville.
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