Jonny Brown flying stars and stripes in Colombia

US champion Jonny Brown rides in the bunch during stage 1 at the Tour of Utah

The Hagens Berman Axeon team and US road race champion Jonny Brown are starting their season at the Tour Colombia 2.1 – a race that has six stages contested above 2,000 metres of elevation. It will be a tough row to hoe for the U23 development team that has just finished a training camp in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which sits at 427 metres above sea level. "We all just came straight from our team camp in Arkansas, so everything is a bit different – the altitude and the weather. With that, we're a little unexpected, but we'll see how it goes," said Brown, who shocked the US cycling scene last year with a daring solo move to take a surprise victory at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee. "It's always tough coming into the first race," he said. "You never know quite where you're at compared with everyone, ...

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