Amgen Tour of California 2016

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16_Team_GilaYour Jelly Belly Cycling presented by Maxxis selection for the 11th Amgen Tour of California!

Michael Sheehan | Taylor Shelden | Lachlan Morton | Jacob Rathe | Ben Wolfe (not actual size) | Angus Morton | Chris Putt | Jordan Cheyne

STAGE ISTAGE IISTAGE III | STAGE IV | STAGE V | STAGE VI | STAGE VII | STAGE VIII | STAFF

STAGE I

Jacob Rathe – Stage 1 – Most Courageous Rider

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Jacob Rathe – Stage 1

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Michael Sheehan – First intermediate sprint

STAGE II

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Jacob Rathe signs on in the Most Courageous Rider Jersey

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Lachlan Morton | Stage 2

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Ben Wolfe | Stage 2

STAGE III

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Angus Morton immediately after Stage 3’s summit finish on Gibraltar

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Lachlan Morton, 7th on Stage 3 after a valiant attack on Gibraltar

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Taylor Shelden, tapping out after being one of Lachlan’s last lieutenants on Stage 3

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The Team doing The Team thing for Lachlan Morton on Gibraltar | Wil Matthews Photography

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Angus Morton

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Ben Wolfe #ridingthefront

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Jordan Cheyne – Stage 3

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Stage 3 – Lachlan Morton

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Lachlan Morton and Axeon’s Neilson Powless at the head of affairs at about 2k to go

STAGE IV

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On Stage 4, Michael Sheehan came out worst of a small pile of riders that went down about 13 miles in.  That meant 122 miles with +/- 9,000 feet of climbing like this.  He must have been a close 2nd for the stage’s Most Courageous Rider award.4_BW_1

Ben Wolfe – Stage 4

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Jacob Rathe and Angus Morton debrief at Laguna Seca Raceway after Stage 4

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Jordan Cheyne and DS Danny van Haute

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Lachlan Morton on Stage 4

STAGE V

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Ben Wolfe Stage 5

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Chris Putt on the way to South Lake Tahoe via Carson Pass – Stage 5

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Jacob Rathe, in the day-long break, debriefs with Danny van Haute

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Jacob Rathe comes back to the caravan for updates from DS Matty Rice

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Jacob Rathe working in the break – Stage 5

STAGE VI

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Angus Morton battle strong crosswinds with a later start… The toll it took was visible as he cooled down on a Kinetic trainer6_BW_2

Ben Wolfe alone

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Jordan Cheyne’s follow car was driven by Kurt Stockton

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Taylor Shelden was also clearly drained after the Stage 6 TT in Folsom

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Angus Morton | Stage 6

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Jacob Rathe | Stage 6

STAGE VII

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Angus Morton and Ben Wolfe on Stage 7

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The race’s chiropractor sets Jacob Rathe up for more racing before Stage 7

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Soigneur (swan-your) translates loosely as “carer.”  It’s a tough job in pro cycling.

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Michael Sheehan on the sometimes 11% climbs of King Ridge |  Stage 7

STAGE VIII

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Taylor Shelden, the day after the injury to his eye, got into the break of 7 that stayed away to within 2 k of the finish line on Stage 8

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STAFF

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Directeur Sportif Matty Rice briefs The Team before Stage 3

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John Sessa, former Head Mechanic, was back on board helping Kevin Oliveira

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DS Matty Rice updates Ben Wolfe on Stage 2

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Head Mechanic Kevin Oliveira

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Soigneur Amélie Jeanneau

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Directeur Sportif Danny van Haute

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Soigneur Al Murphy

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Mechanic Tom Bielaszka

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Mechanic Tom Bielaszka transfers a bike to go forward to the break

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Quick race updates in the feed zone

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DS Matty Rice and ultra-rad WD-40 Bike tour bus driver and life coach Tommy Zsak

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Tommy Z and a super-fan of The Team at Morro Bay

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