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by Mark Zalewski
June 25, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Controversy in US Olympic selection as Armstrong makes women’s team while national champion is left off; Phinney, Guarnier headline 2016 US Olympic team; British Cycling announces Olympic team; How a “crushed” Howes missed the U.S. Olympic team; Books, training and quiet in the middle of nowhere: How Marianne Vos prepares for Rio; Jones abruptly leaves Giant-Alpecin, ready for “next step” in life; Contador out of Spanish national championships; Boonen unlikely for Belgian road race championship; Tony Martin adds another TT national title; Floyd Landis to enter cannabis business; Alleged drunk driver hits cyclist from behind; Cyclists protest Brexit leave campaigner Boris Johnson.
American Carter Jones and Giant-Alpecin have agreed to part ways and terminate Jones’ contract as of July. Jones is the second American to leave Giant-Alpecin in as many months after Caleb Fairly retired after the Amgen Tour of California.
“It is a personal decision related to two accidents, one last year and one recently, and I am now ready to move on to the next step in my life,” Jones said in a team release. “I have spent two great seasons at Team Giant-Alpecin, and they have provided me the opportunity to compete in many races at the WorldTour level.”
Jones is housemates with fellow American and Giant-Alpecin rider Chad Haga in Girona, Spain. Haga was involved in the horrific team training accident in January and it is unknown whether this affected Jones’ early retirement.
Jones spent three years on Axel Merckx’s stellar development team from 2011-2013. His tenure on the team culminated with the King of the Mountain’s jersey at the 2013 Amgen Tour of California.
Jones signed with the U.S. continental outfit Optum p/b Kelley Benefit Strategies for 2014 and the skinny climber let loose, winning the Tour of Gila. He continued his strong form in California weeks later with 11th overall and sixth on the stage finish atop the hors categorie Mount Diablo. Later that year, he cracked the top-10 at the USA Pro Challenge with an eighth place finish in the general classification and signed with Giant-Alpecin for the 2015 season.
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