Conor White and Liam Flannery began competing in the Walmart Joe Martin Stage Race.
Jonathan Clarke crossed the line solo, with teammate Noah Granigan next to the finish, giving the Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling Team a one-two finish in the Mount Gaylor Road Race on the opening day.
Granigan took second from the three-rider chase group 34 seconds behind Clarke, while Tyler Stites (Project Echelon Racing) took the final podium spot.
The peloton was splintered as it crossed the finish of the 191.5km (119-mile) stage 1 which had 2,079 metres (6,823 feet) of elevation gain. The heat provided as much chaos as the climbing with temperatures rising to 31 degrees Celsius (88F) and winds blowing 24 kph, and higher gusts, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. White crossed the line 90th with a time of 4:59:29, while Flannery did not finish.