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May 16/10 21:33 pm - Amgen Tour of California: Stage 1 report, photos and full results

Posted by Editoress on 05/16/10

British sprinting ace Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) won the 167 kilometre first stage of the Amgen Tour of California in Sacramento, out kicking Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank) to take both the stage victory and the golden leader's jersey.  BMC's Alexander Kristoff was third and took the Best Young Rider jersey.  Guillaume Boivin (SpiderTech p/b Planet Energy) finished seventh in the final sprint, and is 11th in the overall standings, once time bonuses were factored in.  Boivin is third in the Best Young Rider competition, for riders under 25 years.


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"My teammates did a great job to protect Martin [Gilbert] and I from hitting the wind all day," commented Boivin.  "On the final circuit they continued their good work bringing us to the front. A crash at two kilometres to go separated Martin and I. I had to do my best alone to prepare the final kick. I'm happy to make a good result, but I know if Martin and I were sprinting in tandem we could have done even better."

The final finishing circuits were marred by several large crashes, that took down or held up most of the peloton, including Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and Canadian Andrew Pinfold (United Healthcare).  Both riders have considerable road rash, but are expected to start tomorrow.  Pinfold's Team Director, Gord Fraser, says "Lots of skin lost .... Should be somewhat fine for tomorrow..."

After a neutral start in the streets of the old gold mining village of Nevada City, the race headed southwest towards the only categorized climb of the day.  Less than 15 kilometres into the stage, the obligatory break got away, with four riders - Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank), Paul Mach (Bissell), Marc de Maar (United Healthcare) and Chad Beyer (BMC).  The gap grew to nearly six minutes in the first 60 kilometres, before the sprinters' teams began to reel them back in.  They did manage to stay away for the KoM and both intermediate sprints, giving Mach the Climber's Jersey.

The group was caught less than ten kilometres from the finishing circuit, and then HTC-Columbia began to set up for Cavendish.  Kelly Benefit Strategies sent David Veilleux to the front for the first of three circuits around the state capital buildings, but HTC-Columbia moved to the front for the final five kilometres, with Cavendish and his leadout training missing the carnage behind them.

"Some of the smaller teams, they were maybe trying too hard, and didn't have the power," commented Cavendish.  "My team is perfect, it does everything for me.  I know I just have to follow Mark Renshaw's wheel, and he follows Bernhard Eisel, who follows Tony Martin, who follows Michael Rogers ... they just deliver me to the line."

Other top Canadians include Martin Gilbert (SpiderTech p/b Planet Energy) in 14th and Charles Dionne (Fly V Australia) in 15th.  Almost the entire peloton were credited with the same time as the leaders, since the crashes happened in the last three kilometres.

Tomorrow's 177 kilometre stage from Davis to defending champion Levi Leipheimer's home of Santa Rosa is a hard one, with two intermediate sprints and four categorized climbs, including two Category 2 climbs.


Stage 1: Nevada City to Sacramento, 167.7km
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC – Columbia 4:04:46
2 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Bmc Racing Team
4 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin – Transitions
5 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia
6 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bmc Racing Team
7 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
8 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep
9 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep
10 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank
11 Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
12 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo
13 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC – Columbia
14 Martin Gilbert (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
15 Charles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia
16 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Radioshack
17 Michael Rogers (Aus) HTC – Columbia
18 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Fly V Australia
19 Francesco Chicchi (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
20 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC – Columbia
21 Manuel Quinziato (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
22 Ken Hanson (USA) Team Type 1
23 Simon Zahner (Sui) Bmc Racing Team
24 Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Testteam
25 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC – Columbia
26 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC – Columbia
27 Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell
28 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1
29 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin – Transitions
30 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin – Transitions
31 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin – Transitions
32 Elia Viviani (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
33 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
34 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
35 Eric Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
36 Ben Day (Aus) Fly V Australia
37 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin – Transitions
38 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Radioshack
39 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin – Transitions
40 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin – Transitions
41 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
42 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank
43 Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC – Columbia
44 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack
45 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Esp) Radioshack
46 Zach Bell (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
47 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank
48 Max Jenkins (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
49 André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank
50 Robert Thomson Jay (RSA) Fly V Australia
51 Davide Cimolai (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
52 Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
53 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
54 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
55 Davide Frattini (Italy) Team Type 1
56 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
57 Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
58 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
59 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell
60 Rob Britton (Can) Bissell
61 Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
62 Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
63 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1
64 Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell
65 Ino Ilesic Aldo (Slo) Team Type 1
66 Lance Armstrong (USA) Radioshack
67 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Esp) Quickstep
68 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
69 Jackson Stewart (USA) Bmc Racing Team
70 Jesse Anthony (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
71 Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank
72 Darren Lill (RSA) Fly V Australia
73 Ivan Santaromita (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
74 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Fly V Australia
75 Francesco Bellotti (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
76 Neil Shirley (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
77 Christopher Horner (USA) Radioshack
78 Phil Zajicek (USA) Fly V Australia
79 Chris Butler (USA) Bmc Racing Team
80 Scott Stewart (USA) Team Type 1
81 Lars Bak Ytting (Den) HTC – Columbia
82 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas - Doimo
83 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin – Transitions
84 Paul Mach (USA) Bissell
85 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo Testteam
86 Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
87 Jeremy Venell (NZl) Bissell
88 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quickstep
89 João Correia (Por) Cervélo Testteam
90 Bruno Langlois (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
91 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Testteam
92 Chad Beyer (USA) Bmc Racing Team
93 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank
94 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo Testteam
95 Cody O’reilly (USA) Bissell
96 Bradley White (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
97 Michael Friedman (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
98 Javier Meijas Leal (Esp) Team Type 1
99 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank
100 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quickstep
101 Daniel Holloway (USA) Bissell
102 Jason McCartney (USA) Radioshack
103 David Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
104 Andrew Randell (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
105 Steve Morabito (Sui) Bmc Racing Team
106 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank
107 Oscar Pujol (Esp) Cervélo Testteam
108 François Parisien (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
109 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank
110 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Saxo Bank
111 Jens Voigt (Ger) Saxo Bank
112 David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
113 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
114 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
115 Matthew Crane (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
116 George Hincapie (USA) Bmc Racing Team
117 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Radioshack
118 William Dickeson (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
119 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1
120 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank
121 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Testteam
122 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep
123 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quickstep
124 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quickstep
125 Stuart O’Grady’ (Aus) Saxo Bank
126 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Testteam
127 Andrew Pinfold (Can) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis all s.t.


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