Miguel Angel López (Team Medellín-EPM) erupted on the steep final ascent and won the mountaintop finish of stage 1 of the Tour of the Gila. With the solo victory he took the first men’s leader jersey after the Mogollon Road Race presented by Grant County.
Torbjørn Røed (Above & Beyond Cancer Cycling p/b Bike World) chased López across the line in second, while Richard Arnopol (Project Echelon Racing) finished third.
The men’s opening stage of the five-day race began in Gough Park in Silver City and covered 92 miles (148km) north of the city to the ghost town of Mogollon, perched on top of a mountain ridge with the narrow road hitting double-digit gradients of 15 to 19%.
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