Sebastian Haedo Claims Second Stage Victory as Gregory Brenes Secures King of The Mountains at Redlands Bicycle Classic
The sting in the tail at the Redlands Bicycle Classic is the Sunset Road Race; referred to by many as one of the hardest days of racing in North America. 2015 was no exception, as the peloton rolled off the starting line of the final 150 kilometer stage under a warm and sunny Southern California sky.
On the opening lap of the race, a small break of riders who posed no threat to the General Classification contenders was able to pry open a small gap, with their advantage never reaching more than two minutes, as the race leader’s team and Team Jamis – Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home set the pace in the peloton. While the race leader was protecting his General Classification, Team Jamis – Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home was taking care of Gregory Brenes who started the stage as the leader in the King of The Mountains Classification, and was looking to bring that jersey home at the end of the stage.
As the race progressed, the break saw their numbers and advantage dwindling. A result of the pressure being applied behind in the field as well as riders who suffered from mechanicals. By the final lap, the whole race was coming back together. Just 40 riders remained as the riders returned to downtown Redlands for five laps on the criterium course. Reaching the circuits, Brenes and Team Jamis – Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home had done enough to secure the King of The Mountains Classification. All eyes turned to Sebastian Haedo, who proved earlier in the week his speed and power in the final dash to the line. Coming out of the final turn, Haedo was in second position, but timed his sprint perfectly in order to surge clear of everyone in the final 20 meters of the race, taking out his second stage victory of the week.
Following their highly successful week of racing in the Redlands Bicycle Classic, Team Jamis – Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home will travel home for a few weeks of rest and recovery, before traveling east to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the Joe Martin Stage Race.