Carter Jones fulfilled a dream by earning the opportunity to race full time for a Europe-based pro cycling team this season.
The 26-year-old New Jersey native is competing for Team Giant-Alpecin and is based in Girona, Spain.
But Jones is thrilled to be back in the United States for the 10th Amgen Tour of California, his only scheduled U.S. event this year.
"It really is a unique race," he said in a phone interview.
The eight-stage Tour of California men's race begins Sunday in Sacramento and ends May 17 in Pasadena.
Riders from 18 domestic and international men's teams will cover 724 miles, including four stages that encompass parts of the...