The hesitation in the breakaway played into the hands of Jared Scott (Aevolo) as he launched a counter-attack on the final stage of the Redlands Bicycle Classic and then secured a solo victory in the Sunset Road Race .
Then Stage 1 winner Cole Davis (Voler Factory Racing) crossed the line nine seconds behind Scott, who made his move when the 146-kilometre race had passed into the final circuits.
“On the first lap I got a bit off the front because nobody was following my wheel,” Scott said. “I put my head down and took the opportunity. I had really bad cramps, but the fans here are great and cheered me on to the line. I’m super happy to be able to make it through .”
It was Tyler Stites (Project Echelon) who won the next group of six sprint to take third place on the hilly stage. More importantly, however, that third place on the stage and that gap on the road for Xander White (CS Velo) put Stites in first place overall.
“During the race, Xander (White) looked super strong,” said Stites. “I didn’t know if I was going to be able to shake it off. I just kept attacking almost every lap for the last five laps or so.
“On the penultimate lap, I had a gap and went all-in with a few other runners. Then my teammate, Ricky [Arnopol] dropped after the break and went all-in on the downhill, shooting as hard as he could. I caught the breakaway at the bottom of the climb on the last lap and went as hard as I could until the finish. I stayed away and found the time gap I needed to win the GC.
Stites had started the day with a seven-second deficit over White on the GC, but ended it with a 16-second lead over the CS Velo rider, who held on to second place. Eric Brunner, Blue Competition Cycles, came third overall.
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