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May 17/17 18:49 pm - Tour of California: Stage 4, Britton 2nd


Posted by Editoress on 05/17/17
 

Evan Huffman Wins Stage Four of Amgen Tour of California
Rally Cycling Claims First Ever WorldTour Win, Rob Britton Finishes Second


Evan Huffman powered into the history books with a stunning turn of speed in the closing meters of stage four at the Amgen Tour of California. He won from a five-man breakaway that included teammate Rob Britton, who crossed the line in second, to give Rally Cycling a 1-2 finish in its first-ever WorldTour event. Huffman’s win is also the first victory ever by a Continental rider at the top-tier level of the sport. Huffman’s aggressive riding and bold move in the closing metres also earned him the Most Courageous Rider jersey and helped Rally Cycling to the top of the day’s Team Classification standings.

 

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"I can't believe that we did it, I don’t think it has sunk in yet," said Huffman. "It's surreal and amazing! The team suffered some setbacks in stage two, so we needed to come out and race our bikes hard. The initial plan was to try to get the King of the Mountains points, but Gavin (Mannion) was picking up the points, so we scrapped that and tried to go for the stage win. In the finale, I knew the peloton was closing in, but that the line was coming faster. I know that I am pretty fast after a long hard day and was hoping the other guys were more tired than I was. I gave it everything I had, and to have Rob finish second adds to the meaning of this win. He is an unbelievable teammate."

The foundation for Huffman’s victory was laid early in the day when after only 2km of racing, he, along with Britton, Lennard Hofstede (Sunweb), Mathias Le Turnier (Cofidis), Gavin Mannion (UnitedHealthcare) and Martin Elmiger (BMC) rode clear. Elmiger was eventually distanced over the final categorized climb, leaving five out front. At the halfway point, the five riders held a nine-minute lead, but pressure from the peloton increased after the final climb, and the gap began to fall. On the long run into Santa Clarita, it was touch and go whether the breakaway would survive as Quick-Step and Sky drove the pace in the hopes of delivering their sprinters to the line. With only three kilometers left, the peloton was still a minute back, and the victory would be fought out between the breakaway riders. As the line approached, Huffman powered clear with Hofstede giving chase. The Dutch rider failed to gain ground on Huffman, and seizing the opportunity, Britton came past to give Rally Cycling the first two spots on the podium.

“The plan for the day was just to get as many guys in the break as we could,” said Britton. "Evan and I forced it at the start of the stage, and we were able to establish a gap with a strong group of four other riders. In the finale, we knew we couldn’t mess it up. We have been racing together for three years, and I know how Evan races and vice versa, so we had an advantage. Evan pinned it with 500 meters to go, and I sat on Hofstede.  He started to fade, and I was able to come around in the closing meters.”
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Results from the fourth stage in California

Stage 4: Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita, 159.5 km
1 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling 3:41:52
2 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling
3 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb
4 Mathias Leturnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
5 Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team all s.t.
6 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:13
7 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
8 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors
9 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
10 Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
11 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb
12 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
13 Jonas van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
14 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
15 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
16 Greg Henderson (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
17 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
18 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
19 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
20 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
21 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
22 Adam de Vos (Can) Rally Cycling
23 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin
24 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
25 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
26 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team
27 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
28 Janier Acevedo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
29 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
30 Luis Angel Mate (Esp) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
31 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
32 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
33 Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
34 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Rally Cycling
35 Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Trek-Segafredo
36 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
37 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data
38 Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
39 Enric Mas (Esp) Quick-Step Floors
40 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky
41 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky
42 Samuel Sanchez (Esp) BMC Racing Team
43 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors
44 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin
45 Ben King (USA) Dimension Data
46 Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky all s.t.
47 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:22
48 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 0:24
49 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:30
50 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data s.t.
51 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:35
52 Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data 0:44
53 Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE) UAE Team Emirates 1:43
54 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
55 Javier Megias (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
56 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
57 David Lopez (Esp) Team Sky
58 Tom Bohli (Sui) BMC Racing Team
59 Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
60 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
61 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
62 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling
63 Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
64 Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
65 Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis all s.t.
66 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team 1:49
67 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb 1:55
68 Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
69 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
70 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky
71 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors all s.t.
72 Martin Elmiger (Sui) BMC Racing Team 2:34
73 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates 2:48
74 Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates s.t.
75 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 3:00
76 Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
77 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
78 Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac all s.t.
79 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:08
80 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:13
81 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 3:21
82 Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 3:27
83 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 3:29
84 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
85 Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team
86 Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
87 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
88 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky all s.t.
89 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 3:32
90 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling 3:49
91 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb 4:04
92 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data 5:18
93 Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team s.t.
94 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors 5:22
95 Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors s.t.
96 Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac 5:56
97 Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 6:22
98 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
99 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
100 Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates all s.t.
101 Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin 7:51
102 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 10:12
103 Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo 10:58
104 Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 11:53
105 Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
106 Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
107 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
108 Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
109 Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team
110 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
111 Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
112 Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
113 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
114 Andrea Guardini (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
115 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
116 David Lozano (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
117 Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
118 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data
119 Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo
120 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
121 Martin Velits (Svk) Quick-Step Floors
122 Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
123 Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
124 Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
125 Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team
126 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling
127 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
128 Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
129 Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team
130 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky all s.t.
 
GC
1 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 16:29:21
2 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:02
3 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky 0:14
4 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data 0:16
5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:45
6 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:48
7 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
8 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
9 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
10 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors
11 Enric Mas (Esp) Quick-Step Floors
12 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky all s.t.
13 Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 0:53
14 Luis Angel Mate (Esp) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:55
15 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits s.t.
16 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:58
17 Janier Acevedo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 1:02
18 Samuel Sanchez (Esp) BMC Racing Team 1:25
19 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
20 David Lopez (Esp) Team Sky 2:41
21 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 3:11
22 Adam de Vos (Can) Rally Cycling 3:48
23 Greg Henderson (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 4:43
24 Ben King (USA) Dimension Data 4:45
25 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 4:47
26 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data 4:59
27 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 5:04
28 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 5:09
29 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 6:04
30 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 6:17
31 Javier Megias (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk s.t.
32 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 7:01
33 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 10:18
34 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 10:43
35 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 12:23
36 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling 12:36
37 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Rally Cycling 12:45
38 Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo : :
39 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling 12:51
40 Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac 13:43
41 Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 14:15
42 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 15:21
43 Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team 15:58
44 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 16:13
45 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 17:04
46 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb 17:35
47 Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 17:43
48 Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team s.t.
49 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data 17:49
50 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
51 Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates both s.t.
52 Mathias Leturnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 17:59
53 Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data 18:27
54 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 18:54
55 Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 19:25
56 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo 19:26
57 Tom Bohli (Sui) BMC Racing Team s.t.
58 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team 19:32
59 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 19:33
60 Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 19:38
61 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
62 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb both s.t.
63 Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 19:50
64 Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors 19:52
65 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk 20:15
66 Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky 20:22
67 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky 20:29
68 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors 20:40
69 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky 20:49
70 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo 20:50
71 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb s.t.
72 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 20:57
73 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates 21:04
74 Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin 21:11
75 Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 21:12
76 Jonas van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 21:18
77 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 22:01
78 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 22:04
79 Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE) UAE Team Emirates 22:27
80 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
81 Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe both s.t.
82 Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 22:34
83 Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 22:54
84 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors 23:02
85 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 23:15
86 Martin Elmiger (Sui) BMC Racing Team 23:18
87 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 23:40
88 Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 23:41
89 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling 23:42
90 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 23:52
91 Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 23:56
92 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team 24:06
93 Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 24:11
94 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 24:25
95 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 24:33
96 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 24:47
97 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 24:49
98 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb 25:21
99 Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 26:21
100 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 26:48
101 Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo 26:49
102 Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team 27:01
103 Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 27:28
104 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data 28:54
105 Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team 29:31
106 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling 29:32
107 David Lozano (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 29:34
108 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 29:36
109 Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team s.t.
110 Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team 29:59
111 Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin 30:18
112 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb 30:34
113 Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 30:59
114 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 31:09
115 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 31:53
116 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky 32:36
117 Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 32:37
118 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk s.t.
119 Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 33:00
120 Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
121 Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo 33:05
122 Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 33:32
123 Andrea Guardini (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 34:18
124 Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 34:41
125 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data 34:43
126 Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 34:57
127 Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk 35:03
128 Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 35:44
129 Martin Velits (Svk) Quick-Step Floors 36:02
130 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data 36:59


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