New UCI Continental teams can sometimes take a bit of time to start getting big results. Not so for Floyd’s Pro Cycling which took shape after the Silber Pro Cycling folded with a fresh roster of riders from Canada, the U.S. and beyond.
Australian Jonathan Clarke took Floyd’s Pro Cycling first UCI overall stage race victory at the Tour of Taiwan on Thursday. The 34-year-old is the veteran of the UCI continental team and before the race didn’t have a professional UCI race victory to his name.
That all changed on Stage 2 when he sprinted to the win on Stage 2 but he lost the race leader’s jersey the next day. Stage 3 presented another opportunity for the Melbourne-native and he seized it finishing second behind Canadian James Piccoli who took the stage honours moving into second overall. Clarke won the sprint from the field and took back the leaders jersey which he was able to defend over the final two stages of the race.
It was a big moment for the young team. “When Floyd Landis agreed to be title sponsor of this team he specifically asked that it have the kind of kick-ass, soulful fun that he experienced when he first started racing bikes,” wrote team co-owner Scott McFarlane on the team’s blog. “So far, this team of #maddogs is having a blast.”
The season’s got off to a strong start for Floyd’s Pro Cycling with Noah Granigan taking a win at the Redland’s Bicycle Classic.
The team continue their overseas racing at Le Tour de Langkawi from March 24 to 31 before a rendezvous at the Joe Martin Stage Race. Floyd’s will also do a couple of early spring North American gravel races before launching full force into the bulk of the North American UCI summer race calendar.