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May 11/14 19:48 pm - Tour of California: Stage 1 report and results


Posted by Editoress on 05/11/14
 

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team tried their luck in the crosswinds, but the 193.3km 1st Stage of AMGEN Tour of California Stage 1 was destined for a group arrival as the wind changed on Sunday with too many kilometers remaining. OPQS switched back to preparation for the bunch sprint, and Mark Cavendish was able to beat John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) by mere centimeters for the victory after the team took control of the front at the right time late in the race.

OPQS rider Tom Boonen became the Manx Missile's final leadout man when Mark Renshaw suffered a mechanical with 11km remaining. Thanks to OPQS keeping the pace high in the final kilometers, Cavendish was in the top 6 or 7 positions going into the final stretch.

The British Champion launched off the wheel of Peter Sagan (Cannondale), and was able to catch up to Degenkolb, who launched from the front of the group. Moreno Hofland (Belkin Pro Cycling Team) was 3rd.

 

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Belgian based OPQS looked right at home in the California crosswinds. Boonen, Cavendish, Matteo Trentin, and Mark Renshaw helped split the field with a breakaway already up the road and less than 60 kilometers to go, which formed an approximate 18-rider echelon. The group was down to 15 and eventually caught with 22km to go. Boonen and Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) stayed off the front a bit longer, but decided to focus instead on the bunch sprint finale.

This is the 30th victory for OPQS, in three disciplines, in 2014. Cavendish continues his momentum from Presidential Tour of Turkey — his previous race about a week ago — where he won four stages.

"To be fair, I won Milano - Sanremo by 10 centimeters before," Cavendish said. "I've lost a sprint in the Giro d'Italia by three centimeters. Both of those, I knew the outcome. This is the first time in my career I really had no idea. I had to wait a little bit until they confirmed. So, I'm super happy. It was hard, that line was coming up too fast, and John was strong today. But my Omega Pharma - Quick-Step teammates did a perfect job to keep me up there. There were a lot of trains vying for position.  We knew it was going to be windy, but to be honest the wind changed direction on the way back. We thought it was going to be a crosswind in the last 20 miles on the main road on the way to Sacramento. We sensed the move that split the group. Omega Pharma - Quick-Step is a Belgian team. We felt the crosswinds, knew the split was going to happen, and we just went straight to the front.  It split and we were there. We were well represented with four guys. But then we turned right and it was a headwind. That's when we thought it was going to be a crosswind. If you've got a small group, that much distance, and a headwind, you're never going to stay away. We sat up and didn't deplete our energy any further. I could feel the work we did earlier in my sprint and I could see it in the guys setting up for the sprint. But they still kept me up there and led me out perfectly. We gave a good show for Omega Pharma - Quick-Step and we got the best result from our effort. I'm really proud of what we did today."

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team press release

 

Results from the first stage in California

Stage 1: Sacramento Overall Start, 193.1 km
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 4:44:17
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
3 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
5 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
6 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale
7 Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
8 Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
9 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
10 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
11 Nicolai Brochner (Den) Bissell Development Team
12 Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team
13 Marc de Maar (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
14 Ryan Eastman (USA) Bissell Development Team
15 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
16 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
17 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura
18 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Jamis - Hagens Berman
19 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team
20 Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
21 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Shimano
22 George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale
23 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
24 Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano
25 Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp-Endura
26 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
27 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
28 Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
29 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
30 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky
31 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale
32 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEDGE
33 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Esp) Jamis - Hagens Berman
34 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEDGE
35 Koen de Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
36 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
37 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team
38 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
39 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale
40 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEDGE
41 Michael Schar (Sui) BMC Racing Team
42 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin Sharp
43 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
44 Ted King (USA) Cannondale
45 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team
46 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team
47 Leopold König (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura
48 Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
49 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
50 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
51 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Bissell Development Team
52 Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
53 Clement Chevrier (Fra) Bissell Development Team
54 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano
55 Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
56 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
57 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Hagens Berman
58 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Esp) Team NetApp-Endura
59 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
60 Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
61 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
62 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
63 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
64 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
65 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
66 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
67 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
68 Danny Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
69 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin Sharp
70 Ben King (USA) Garmin Sharp
71 Gregory Obando Brenes (CRc) Jamis - Hagens Berman
72 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky
73 Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development Team
74 Janier Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp
75 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura
76 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky
77 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman
78 Bradley Huff (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
79 James Oram (NZl) Bissell Development Team
80 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
81 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin Sharp
82 Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
83 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky
84 Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Jamis - Hagens Berman
85 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin Sharp
86 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura
87 Joe Dombrowski (USA) Team Sky
88 Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
89 Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
90 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
91 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing
92 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano
93 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE all s.t.
94 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp 0:19
95 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:22
96 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team s.t.
97 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura 0:35
98 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:38
99 Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development Team
100 Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
101 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
102 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team all s.t.
103 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:41
104 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale 0:54
105 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk s.t.
106 Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:58
107 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
108 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
109 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky all s.t.
110 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 1:11
111 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 1:18
112 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEDGE 2:48
113 Luis Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 2:52
114 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 3:40
115 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 4:37
116 Robbie Squire (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman 12:13
117 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman
118 Jose Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura both s.t.
119 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale 13:58
120 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE
121 Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing
122 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
123 Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
124 Tom Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
125 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
126 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
127 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
128 Robert Víctor Squire (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman all s.t.
 
Points GC
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 15 pts
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 12
3 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 10
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 7
5 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 6
6 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale 5
7 Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 4
8 Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 3
9 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 2
10 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 1
 
KOM
1 Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 6 pts
2 Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman 5
3 Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 4
4 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Bissell Development Team 3
5 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk 1

 


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