The climb up Gibraltar road featured prominently on Stage 2 of the 2018 Amgen Tour of California. As expected, the climbers came to the fore with an explosive battle on the slopes of one of California’s famed ascents. Team Sky took a stranglehold on the early slopes of the 10-km climb and Egan Bernal unleashed a blistering attack to win the stage by 21 seconds.
Canadian Rob Britton had general classification ambitions in California having won the Tour of Utah in 2017. Britton rode valiantly finishing 17th on the stage up Gibraltar and limited his losses to the slight Colombian to 2:25. The effort Britton put out to keep up with the Sky train and then minimize the damage once he was distanced was quite significant. Britton shared a screenshot of his data on his Instagram story.
The 33-year-old Regina-native put out a normalized power of 411 w for 35:35 on Gibraltar. His average heart rate was 197 bpm with a max of 203 bpm. Britton kept a smooth cadence with a 91 rpm average and a speed of just under 20 km/h.
Bernal’s ascent of Gibraltar was very fast. BMC were the first team to put on the pace on the climb before Team Sky’s Sebastián Henao and then Tao Geoghegan Hart upped the pace even further. Geoghegan Hart, in particular, put a huge turn on the front even gapping the lead group at times before dropping off. At that moment, Bernal attacked and was never seen again.
As for Rally, they had Adam de Vos in the day’s breakaway which was caught at the base of Gibraltar and American Brandon Mcnulty has an amazing ride finishing 13th and only conceding 1:15 to Bernal. Mcnulty is an accomplished time trialist having come second in the under-23 individual time trial at the 2017 world championships.