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May 21/10 23:13 pm - Tour of California: Stage 6 report, photos and results


Posted by Editoress on 05/21/10
 

Results from today's 6th stage in California USA

 

Photos

 

In a stage characterized by consistent climbing on the route from Palmdale to Big Bear Lake, Peter Sagan (SVK) of Liquigas-Doimo emerged victorious.  In the longest and most challenging day of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California, clear blue skies and energetic crowds marked the day that included the race’s first-ever mountain finish.  Michael Rogers (AUS) of HTC-Columbia came in third place in the stage, securing the Amgen Leader Jersey heading into day seven and the individual time trial in downtown Los Angeles, which will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“When we’re riding, I hear the crowds calling out ‘Mick Rogers’ or ‘HTC-Columbia’ and it is encouraging.  We came here to race,” said Rogers.

Palmdale City Hall served as the backdrop for Stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California, the most difficult stage in the five-year history of the race, a mountainous 135.3-mile leg from Palmdale to Big Bear Lake with more than 12,000 ft. of climbing.  After a five-mile neutral section heading south on Sierra Rd., the route made a left turn onto Angeles Forest Highway.  Facing the riders next was the imposing San Gabriel mountain range, and within a few miles, the first of seven King of the Mountains (KOM) competitions.  The first real break of the day occurred on the lead into the first KOM at Mill Creek Summit (Cat. 4 – 4,906 ft.), and included Jason McCartney (USA) of Team RadioShack, Carlos Barredo (ESP) of QuickStep, Matthew Wilson (USA) of Garmin-Transitions, George Hincapie (USA) of BMC Racing Team, Stef Clement (NED) of Rabobank, Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) of Team Saxo Bank, Andy Schleck (LUX) of Team Saxo Bank and Thomas Rabou (NED) of Team Type 1.  Taking the KOM was Wilson, followed by Rabou and Schleck.

Behind the breakaway, Darren Lill (RSA) and Ben Day (AUS) both of Fly V Australia, along with Ryan Anderson (CAN) of Kelly Benefit Systems began to form a chase group, but were quickly pulled back in by the peloton, which was being led by HTC-Columbia.  The second of seven KOMs, at Hwy. 2 (Cat. 3 – 5,046 ft.) was taken by Rabou, followed by McCartney and Clement.  This KOM was the kick-off to a series of four almost back-to-back climbs that would truly challenge the cyclists.  As the break approached Coldburst Summit (Cat. 2 – 6,924 ft.), the KOM was taken by Rabou, followed by Clement and Hincapie, while Barredo fell off the back and rejoined the peloton.

After passing through the feed zone, next up was the Dawson Saddle KOM (Cat. 3 – 7,900 ft.), followed almost immediately by the Blue Ridge Summit KOM (Cat. 3 – 7,302 ft.).  The Dawson Saddle climb, which is the highest point the 2010 Amgen Tour of California will reach, was taken by Rabou, with McCartney and Clement following behind.  With the peloton now split into two chase groups, the break crested Blue Ridge Summit with Rabou in first, Clement in second and Wilson in third.  This series of climbs was followed by the first sprint competition of the day, which was taken by Schleck, in Wrightwood where the streets were lined with cheering fans.

At the lowest elevation in the mountain portion of today’s stage the leaders held a gap of 6:10 on the peloton, and nearly nine minutes on the gruppetto.  On the way to the next climb, Clement lost contact with the break and fell back, eventually rejoining the peloton.  Shortly after, as the cyclists made their way through the second feed zone, the first crash of the day occurred, but everyone was able to recover.

The sixth climb of the day came next at Hwy. 138 (Cat. 3 – 4,649 ft.) and was taken, once again, by Rabou.  With no time to rest, the cyclists were then faced with the second and final sprint of the day at Crestline, which was taken by Schleck.  Then, the cyclists faced the final challenging climb of the day at Hwy. 18 (Cat. 3 – 5,628 ft.), the “Rim of the World” Highway, which was won by Rabou, followed by Wilson and Schleck.

Following the climb, the break was taken down to just five riders – Hincapie, Fuglsang, Rabou, Wilson and McCartney – with a gap of only 2:40, but within only a few minutes and an attack, it was taken down to only three – McCartney, Wilson and Hincapie.  Entering the Big Bear area, the riders took the northern route around Big Bear Lake to reach the finish line at the Snow Summit ski area for the Amgen Tour of California’s first-ever alpine finish.  With only about 15 miles of racing to go, the break was caught as they traveled along the final stretch into Big Bear Lake.  At this point, Marc De Maar (NED) of UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis took the opportunity to make a break for it and was eventually caught by Matt Wilson (USA) of Garmin-Transitions.  Keeping the break for most of the final stretch into town, they were caught with just about half a mile to go, giving Sagan the opportunity to take the win – his second consecutive stage win in the 2010 Amgen Tour of California.

“I wanted to win a stage and now I’ve won two.  So I’m very happy,” said Sagan.

Moving into second and third overall were U.S. National Time Trial Champion Zabriskie and Sagan, respectively.

Today’s stage brought only two changes to the jersey leaders.  Hincapie was awarded Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey, and Rabou took the California Travel & Tourism King of the Mountains (KOM) Jersey from Anderson, who had worn the jersey for the previous two days.  Unchanged was Rogers in the Amgen Race Leader Jersey and Sagan in the Herbalife Sprint Jersey and the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey.

ATOC press release

 

Stage 6: Palmdale to Big Bear Lake, 217,7 km:
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo 6:07:08
2 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
3 Michael Rogers (Aus) HTC – Columbia
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Radioshack
5 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin – Transitions
6 Phil Zajicek (USA) Fly V Australia
7 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
8 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin – Transitions
9 Jens Voigt (Ger) Saxo Bank
10 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin – Transitions
11 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Radioshack
12 Christopher Horner (USA) Radioshack
13 Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
14 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1
15 Steve Morabito (Sui) Bmc Racing Team
16 George Hincapie (USA) Bmc Racing Team
17 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin – Transitions
18 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quickstep
19 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1
20 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin – Transitions
21 Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy all s.t.
22 Oscar Pujol (Esp) Cervélo Testteam 0:32
23 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 0:34
24 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC – Columbia 1:23
25 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC – Columbia s.t.
26 Jason McCartney (USA) Radioshack 2:07
27 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin – Transitions s.t.
28 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 14:30
29 Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank s.t.
30 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack 18:47
31 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1 22:54
32 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank 28:01
33 Chad Beyer (USA) Bmc Racing Team
34 Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell
35 Chris Butler (USA) Bmc Racing Team
36 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin – Transitions
37 Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
38 Charles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia
39 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quickstep
40 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin – Transitions
41 Manuel Quinziato (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
42 Jeremy Venell (NZl) Bissell
43 Lars Bak Ytting (Den) HTC – Columbia
44 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Radioshack
45 Francesco Bellotti (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
46 David Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
47 Bradley White (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
48 Ivan Santaromita (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
49 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
50 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
51 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank all s.t.
52 Simon Zahner (Sui) Bmc Racing Team 30:10
53 Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell s.t.
54 Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC – Columbia 31:13
55 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quickstep
56 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Esp) Radioshack
57 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell
58 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
59 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Fly V Australia
60 Davide Cimolai (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
61 Bruno Langlois (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
62 Javier Meijas Leal (Esp) Team Type 1
63 Andrew Randell (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
64 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas - Doimo
65 Michael Friedman (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
66 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Esp) Quickstep
67 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
68 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep
69 Rob Britton (Can) Bissell
70 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank
71 Paul Mach (USA) Bissell
72 Davide Frattini (Italy) Team Type 1
73 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank
74 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
75 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo Testteam
76 Max Jenkins (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
77 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Saxo Bank
78 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Testteam
79 Darren Lill (RSA) Fly V Australia
80 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank
81 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Testteam
82 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo Testteam
83 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC – Columbia
84 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Bmc Racing Team
85 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bmc Racing Team
86 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep all s.t.
OTL Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC – Columbia 48:08
OTL Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC – Columbia s.t.
OTL Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank 48:16
OTL Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quickstep 48:08
OTL Matthew Crane (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
OTL Cody O’reilly (USA) Bissell
OTL Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia
OTL Aaron Kemps (Aus) Fly V Australia
OTL Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
OTL Zach Bell (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
OTL Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies all s.t.
DNF Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank
DNF Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Francesco Chicchi (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
DNF Elia Viviani (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
DNF Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep
DNF Jackson Stewart (USA) Bmc Racing Team
DNF Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Testteam
DNF Karl Menzies (Aus) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
DNF Ben Day (Aus) Fly V Australia
DNF William Dickeson (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
DNF Martin Gilbert (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
DNF François Parisien (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
DNF Eric Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
DNF Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
DNF Ken Hanson (USA) Team Type 1
DNF David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNF Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNS Neil Shirley (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
 
GC
1 Michael Rogers (Aus) HTC – Columbia 29:04:03
2 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin – Transitions at 0:04
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo 0:09
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Radioshack 0:14
5 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis 0:29
6 Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis 0:32
7 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Radioshack 0:35
8 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin – Transitions 0:35
9 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin – Transitions 0:35
10 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin – Transitions 0:35
11 Christopher Horner (USA) Radioshack 0:35
12 Phil Zajicek (USA) Fly V Australia 0:35
13 Jens Voigt (Ger) Saxo Bank 0:35
14 Steve Morabito (Sui) Bmc Racing Team 0:35
15 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 1:52
16 Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy 1:52
17 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1 2:05
18 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quickstep 3:14
19 George Hincapie (USA) Bmc Racing Team 3:15
20 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC – Columbia 4:44
21 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 6:10
22 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank 12:31
23 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 17:52
24 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin – Transitions 18:51
25 Lars Bak Ytting (Den) HTC – Columbia 28:36
26 Jeremy Venell (NZl) Bissell 29:53
27 Francesco Bellotti (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo 31:20
28 Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank 33:06
29 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies 33:38
30 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas - Doimo 35:27
31 Paul Mach (USA) Bissell 35:54
32 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1 36:18
33 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin – Transitions 36:57
34 David Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy 37:14
35 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC – Columbia 37:56
36 Jason McCartney (USA) Radioshack 39:47
37 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack 41:02
38 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Fly V Australia 41:46
39 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo Testteam 43:13
40 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis 44:42
41 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell 45:46
42 Chris Butler (USA) Bmc Racing Team 46:13
43 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Esp) Quickstep 48:14
44 Oscar Pujol (Esp) Cervélo Testteam 50:42
45 Charles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia 52:19
46 Darren Lill (RSA) Fly V Australia 56:58
47 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Esp) Radioshack 59:22
48 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 59:37
49 Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC – Columbia 1:00:52
50 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Testteam 1:01:04
51 Manuel Quinziato (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo 1:03:30
52 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin – Transitions 1:04:13
53 Max Jenkins (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis 1:04:58
54 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank 1:05:52
55 Simon Zahner (Sui) Bmc Racing Team 1:08:17
56 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Radioshack 1:09:38
57 Chad Beyer (USA) Bmc Racing Team 1:11:00
58 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:12:52
59 Ivan Santaromita (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo 1:13:30
60 Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:16:58
61 Rob Britton (Can) Bissell 1:17:08
62 Davide Cimolai (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo 1:17:17
63 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bmc Racing Team 1:17:31
64 Davide Frattini (Italy) Team Type 1 1:18:16
65 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:20:34
66 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep 1:21:05
67 Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell 1:22:51
68 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank 1:24:11
69 Andrew Randell (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy 1:26:01
70 Michael Friedman (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:26:03
71 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quickstep 1:27:19
72 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin – Transitions 1:27:21
73 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Testteam 1:29:08
74 Bradley White (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis 1:29:32
75 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Bmc Racing Team 1:30:25
76 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:30:42
77 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quickstep 1:31:16
78 Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell 1:31:46
79 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep 1:32:49
80 Bruno Langlois (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy 1:32:49
81 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC – Columbia 1:33:06
82 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank 1:33:09
83 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Saxo Bank 1:33:25
84 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 1:34:09
85 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo Testteam 1:34:38
86 Javier Meijas Leal (Esp) Team Type 1 1:35:40

 


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