The men’s team arrived in Argentina this week to start their season at the Vuelta a San Juan (January 26th – February 2nd). It will be their first participation in the UCI 2.Pro stage race that has quickly become a favorite within the professional peloton.
To prepare for the warm temperatures, high speeds, and long distances of the event, Rob Britton, Nate Brown, Robin Carpenter, Colin Joyce, Gavin Mannion, and Kyle Murphy trained in Oxnard, California to build their form ahead of San Juan’s challenging stages.
Equipped with a healthy mix of climbers, time trialists, and sprinters, the team has a number of cards to play throughout the week.
Stage 1 (Jan 26) – San Juan › San Juan (163.5k) – Final climb with 30 km remaining, sprint expected
Stage 2 (Jan 27) – Pocito › Pocito (168.7k) – Pancake flat, intermediate sprints a factor, sprint expected
Stage 3 (ITT) (Jan 28) – Ullum › Ullum (15.5k) – Mostly flat ITT with few corners, suits wattage cottages
Stage 4 (Jan 29) – Jáchal › Valle Fértil (185.8k) – Cat 1 climb midway, fast second half, sprint expected
Rest day (Jan 30)
Stage 5 (Jan 31) – Caucete › Alto Colorado (175.1k) – Queen stage finishes on 15 km climb and 8,400 ft in elevation, GC day
Stage 6 (Feb 1) – Villicum › Villicum (174.5k) – Short, steep hill late, opportunists down on GC will have a go
Stage 7 (Feb 2) – San Juan › San Juan (141.3k) – Flat circuit around San Juan, sprint expected
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