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May 14/15 19:20 pm - Tour of California: Stage 5


Posted by Editoress on 05/14/15
 

Huge crowds turned out in a downpour to witness another sprinter showcase at the Santa Clarita finish line for the 10th anniversary Amgen Tour of California, with Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team’s Mark Cavendish taking his third stage win in five days of racing, making him the winningest professional cyclist so far this season.

 

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Within the first mile of leaving Santa Barbara, a breakaway of five jetted off, including Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team), Alex Howes (Team Cannondale-Garmin) and, the youngest rider in the peloton of 128 riding today, 19-year-old Geoffrey Curran (Axeon Cycling Team). Hailing from Hilton Head, S.C., Team SmartStop’s Chris Butler bridged to the group on the final KOM of the day at Balcom Canyon.

Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team and Hincapie Racing Team again did much of the work on the road at the front of the group weathering wind, rain and chill, with Hincapie successfully protecting the yellow jersey their young Latvian rider Toms Skujins won Tuesday. Veteran Amgen Tour of California riders have seen this course before from the 2007 and 2008 race editions, but not in such inclement conditions.

“… freezing to absolute bone…,” said Cavendish, who had crossed the line on the same course first in 2008 only to be counted out after a disqualification. “It was good all around… It’s nice to see so many people out here despite the weather.”

The field steadily caught up to the breakaway in the final miles of the race. Wyss, the last rider standing, remained out front for about 92 of the 95.7 miles of Stage 5, presented by Visit California, but was reigned in over the final couple miles as the sprinters queued up for an explosive finish. In the last meters, several sprinters could taste the stage win, including UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team’s John Murphy, Drapac Professional Cycling’s Wouter Wippert, and Trek Factory Racing’s Danny Van Poppel.

Nearing the line, Cavendish answered Sagan’s stage win yesterday with a powerful burst to the finish, gaining points in the Sprint competition over the Slovakian, who has taken the green jersey home for five years running and finished third today. Cavendish now has eight career Amgen Tour of California stage wins to Sagan’s 12. Zico Waeytens (Team Giant-Alpecin) claimed second place with BMC Racing Team’s Jean-Pierre Drucker in fourth and Van Poppel in fifth.

Sagan shaved several more seconds off his overall distance from the race leader, now back only 18s. The stage shook things up elsewhere among the leader board with Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team) sliding up to third place (+44s); 2012 race champion Robert Gesink (TeamLottoNL-Jumbo) moving into fourth (+47s) and in position to pose a serious threat; and Hincapie Racing Team’s Dion Smith rounding out the top five (+47s).

Tour of California press release

 

Cavendish Wins Rain Soaked Sprint Stage
Third Win in Five Stages


Etixx - Quick-Step rider Mark Cavendish had to launch his sprint from longer than usual on Thursday in a rain soaked 154km Amgen Tour of California Stage 5. Despite having to close a small gap from behind, he still won his third stage out of fives stages, this time in Santa Clarita. Zico Waeytens (Giant-Alpecin) was 2nd and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) was 3rd.

The original breakaway was down to Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team) inside the final 10 kilometers, but Etixx - Quick-Step was on the front and the peloton caught him with 3.2km to go in the stage after a long day of chasing in miserable conditions. Yves Lampaert was on the front and doing his best to set a fast tempo, while also tracking down Mark Renshaw guiding the Manx Missile. The Belgian rider and his two teammates rejoined right before the final kilometer, and then it was up to Renshaw to have to guide Cavendish for an extended leadout. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) was on his wheel.

Waeytens launched his sprint at the front from long distance, but Cavendish still passed well before the line for the stage win.

Cavendish has now won 12 times in 2015, and earned the 26th road win for Etixx - Quick-Step this season.

Julian Alaphilippe moved up to 3rd GC, down 44 seconds going into the individual time trial tomorrow. He remains the Best Young Rider. Cavendish extended his lead in the Points Competition from a single point over Sagan to six points (55).

"The thing is, when you're going so fast there's the wind chill as well," Cavendish said. "It's one thing to be wet and to be cold when you're wet, but with the wind coming on you're freezing to the absolute bone. But it was good. All my teammates, thank you. It was hard to catch them back in the final but my team really looked after me. It was also nice to see so many people out here despite the weather. As for the sprint, I had Mark Renshaw at the end, and as always he was cool and calm, but we had to dig deep. It was a bit hectic in the last kilometer and Mark Renshaw was cooked, so we couldn’t go as fast as we wanted in the end. It was a headwind finish, and I knew I didn’t want to jump early. Waeytens went first and I timed it well enough to catch him before the line. I’m super happy to get the stage win for the team today."

"The team worked from kilometer zero again today," Sport Director Brian Holm said. "Hincapie did a good job helping us chase today, and Tinkoff-Saxo after the win yesterday supported us in front as well. After we kind of blew it yesterday we made it good again today with a win, and the third win in five days. The rain didn't bother us. We're a Belgian team. We love rain and we're hard to beat in the rain. The bad weather was perfect for us. So everything came together perfectly today. As for the next days, Julian Alaphilippe is now 3rd in the GC. Tomorrow's time trial has been moved to Santa Clarita due to bad weather conditions at Big Bear Lake. It was a fast decision by the race organizers and I give them credit for changing the location so early. Then the day after we have the Mt. Baldy finish. It's a very nasty climb, not fun at all. Alaphilippe is going to try his chances to defend his position in the overall, but we will see as he came here directly after the Ardennes Classics, which means he might be a little tired. But we'll see how far he can make it. He has the spirit to always try and we know wherever he finishes will be the best he could do that day."

Etixx - Quick-Step press release

 

 

Results from the fifth stage in California

Stage 5: Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita, 154 km
1 Mark Cavendish (Etixx - Quick Step) 3:51:37
2 Zico Waeytens (Team Giant - Alpecin)
3 Peter Sagan (Tinkoff - Saxo)
4 Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing Team)
5 Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing)
6 Guillaume Boivin (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
7 John Murphy (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team)
8 Matthew Harley Goss (MTN - Qhubeka)
9 Mike Teunissen (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo)
10 Justin Oien (Axeon Cycling Team)
11 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Jamis - Hagens Berman)
12 Ruben Guerreiro (Axeon Cycling Team)
13 Dion Smith (Hincapie Racing Team)
14 Andrea Peron (Team Novo Nordisk)
15 Lawson Craddock (Team Giant - Alpecin)
16 Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx - Quick Step)
17 Robert Gesink (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo)
18 Stijn Devolder (Trek Factory Racing)
19 Tom Van Asbroeck (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo)
20 Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff - Saxo)
21 Carter Jones (Team Giant - Alpecin)
22 Wouter Wippert (Drapac Professional Cycling)
23 Ben Hermans (BMC Racing Team)
24 Logan Owen (Axeon Cycling Team)
25 Ruben Zepuntke (Team Cannondale - Garmin)
26 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (Team Cannondale - Garmin)
27 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Trek Factory Racing)
28 Joonas Henttala (Team Novo Nordisk)
29 Philip Deignan (Team Sky)
30 Janez Brajkovic (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team)
31 Joseph Rosskopf (BMC Racing Team)
32 Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky)
33 Tao Geoghegan Hart (Axeon Cycling Team)
34 Toms Skujins (Hincapie Racing Team)
35 Mark Renshaw (Etixx - Quick Step)
36 Tom Zirbel (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
37 Phillip Gaimon (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
38 Matthew Busche (Trek Factory Racing)
39 Benjamin King (Team Cannondale - Garmin)
40 Christian Knees (Team Sky)
41 Luis Romero Amaran (Jamis - Hagens Berman)
42 Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk)
43 Michael Woods (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
44 Manuel Senni (BMC Racing Team)
45 Jasper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing)
46 Ian Boswell (Team Sky)
47 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Team Sky)
48 Kristoffer Skjerping (Team Cannondale - Garmin)
49 Lachlan Norris (Drapac Professional Cycling)
50 James Oram (Axeon Cycling Team)
51 Edward King (Team Cannondale - Garmin)
52 Lasse Norman Hansen (Team Cannondale - Garmin) all s.t.
53 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Trek Factory Racing) 0:13
54 Laurent Didier (Trek Factory Racing)
55 Jos Van Emden (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo)
56 Nicolae Tanovitchii (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)
57 Michael Schär (BMC Racing Team)
58 Danny Pate (Team Sky)
59 Daniel Eaton (Axeon Cycling Team)
60 Riccardo Zoidl (Trek Factory Racing)
61 Rob Britton (Team Smartstop)
62 Alexander Braico (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)
63 Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team)
64 Gregory Daniel (Axeon Cycling Team) all s.t.
65 Daniel Oss (BMC Racing Team) 0:17
66 Yves Lampaert (Etixx - Quick Step) 0:20
67 Roy Curvers (Team Giant - Alpecin)
68 Matt Brammeier (MTN - Qhubeka)
69 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (MTN - Qhubeka)
70 Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Jamis - Hagens Berman) all s.t.
71 Dennis Van Winden (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo) 0:30
72 Sep Vanmarcke (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo) s.t.
73 Stijn Vandenbergh (Etixx - Quick Step) 0:36
74 Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff - Saxo) s.t.
75 Daniel Summerhill (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team) 0:38
76 Koen De Kort (Team Giant - Alpecin) 0:40
77 Thierry Hupond (Team Giant - Alpecin)
78 Tyler Farrar (MTN - Qhubeka)
79 Laurens Ten Dam (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo)
80 Maarten Wynants (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo) all s.t.
81 Campbell Flakemore (BMC Racing Team) 0:44
82 Robin Carpenter (Hincapie Racing Team) s.t.
83 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Etixx - Quick Step) 1:02
84 Michael Morkov (Tinkoff - Saxo) 1:09
85 Tanner Putt (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team) s.t.
86 Travis Meyer (Drapac Professional Cycling) 1:16
87 Graeme Brown (Drapac Professional Cycling) s.t.
88 Eric Young (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 1:20
89 Geoffrey Curran (Axeon Cycling Team) 1:45
90 Jure Kocjan (Team Smartstop) s.t.
91 Fred Rodriguez (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 2:11
92 Evan Huffman (Team Smartstop) s.t.
93 David Lozano Riba (Team Novo Nordisk) 2:15
94 Gerald Ciolek (MTN - Qhubeka) 2:16
95 Martin Kohler (Drapac Professional Cycling)
96 Martijn Verschoor (Team Novo Nordisk) both s.t.
97 Travis McCabe (Team Smartstop) 3:08
98 Martin Velits (Etixx - Quick Step) 3:13
99 Stephen Leece (Jamis - Hagens Berman)
100 Matteo Trentin (Etixx - Quick Step)
101 Matti Breschel (Tinkoff - Saxo)
102 Chris Butler (Team Smartstop)
103 Andzs Flaksis (Hincapie Racing Team)
104 William Clarke (Drapac Professional Cycling)
105 Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Professional Cycling)
106 Alex Howes (Team Cannondale - Garmin) all all s.t.
107 Joseph Lewis (Hincapie Racing Team) 3:51
108 Jacob Rathe (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)
109 Gavin Mannion (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) both s.t.
110 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Tinkoff - Saxo) 3:56
111 Eric Marcotte (Team Smartstop) 4:13
112 Nathan Earle (Team Sky) 4:23
113 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Team Sky)
114 Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN - Qhubeka)
115 Johann Van Zyl (MTN - Qhubeka)
116 David Williams (Jamis - Hagens Berman) all all s.t.
117 Kevin De Mesmaeker (Team Novo Nordisk) 5:06
118 Joseph Schmalz (Hincapie Racing Team)
119 Daniele Ratto (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team)
120 Thomas Soladay (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) all s.t.
121 Jonathan Clarke (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team) 5:10
122 Kiel Reijnen (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team) 6:03
123 Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 6:41
124 Oscar Clark (Hincapie Racing Team)
125 Will Routley (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) both s.t.
126 Jordan Kerby (Drapac Professional Cycling) 6:50
127 Steve Fisher (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 8:02
128 Lachlan David Morton (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)
129 Johnathan Freter (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) both s.t.
130 Javier Megias Leal (Team Novo Nordisk) 8:05
131 Gregory Obando Brenes (Jamis - Hagens Berman) 9:28
132 Carson Miller (Jamis - Hagens Berman) s.t.
133 Travis Livermon (Team Smartstop) 10:44
DNF Robert Sweeting (Team Smartstop)
 
GC
1 Toms Skujins (Hincapie Racing Team) 22:02:34
2 Peter Sagan (Tinkoff - Saxo) at 0:18
3 Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx - Quick Step) 0:44
4 Robert Gesink (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo) 0:47
5 Dion Smith (Hincapie Racing Team)
6 Ben Hermans (BMC Racing Team)
7 Lawson Craddock (Team Giant - Alpecin)
8 Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff - Saxo)
9 Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky)
10 Janez Brajkovic (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team)
11 Joseph Rosskopf (BMC Racing Team)
12 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (Team Cannondale - Garmin)
13 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Trek Factory Racing)
14 Michael Woods (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
15 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Team Sky)
16 Phillip Gaimon (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
17 Manuel Senni (BMC Racing Team)
18 Tao Geoghegan Hart (Axeon Cycling Team)
19 Benjamin King (Team Cannondale - Garmin)
20 Matthew Busche (Trek Factory Racing) all s.t.
21 Rob Britton (Team Smartstop) 0:56
22 Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team)
23 Lachlan Norris (Drapac Professional Cycling) both s.t.
24 Riccardo Zoidl (Trek Factory Racing) 1:00
25 Carter Jones (Team Giant - Alpecin) 1:03
26 Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Jamis - Hagens Berman) 1:04
27 Ian Boswell (Team Sky) 1:13
28 Christian Knees (Team Sky) 1:17
29 Philip Deignan (Team Sky) 1:35
30 James Oram (Axeon Cycling Team) 1:38
31 Laurent Didier (Trek Factory Racing) 1:48
32 Ruben Guerreiro (Axeon Cycling Team) 3:17
33 Michael Schär (BMC Racing Team) 4:36
34 Jasper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing) 5:43
35 Alex Howes (Team Cannondale - Garmin) 7:31
36 Laurens Ten Dam (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo) 7:43
37 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (MTN - Qhubeka) 8:30
38 Daniel Oss (BMC Racing Team) 9:19
39 Gregory Obando Brenes (Jamis - Hagens Berman) 11:22
41 Ruben Zepuntke (Team Cannondale - Garmin) 12:23
42 Gregory Daniel (Axeon Cycling Team) 13:27
43 Danny Pate (Team Sky) 14:17
44 Alexander Braico (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 14:19
45 Chris Butler (Team Smartstop) s.t.
46 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Tinkoff - Saxo) 14:43
47 John Murphy (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team) 15:45
48 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Jamis - Hagens Berman)
49 Logan Owen (Axeon Cycling Team) both s.t.
50 Gavin Mannion (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 15:52
51 Daniel Eaton (Axeon Cycling Team) 15:58
52 Robin Carpenter (Hincapie Racing Team) 16:20
53 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Trek Factory Racing) 16:31
54 Matthew Harley Goss (MTN - Qhubeka) 16:36
55 Roy Curvers (Team Giant - Alpecin) 16:44
56 Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff - Saxo) 16:45
57 Daniel Summerhill (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team) 16:55
58 Geoffrey Curran (Axeon Cycling Team) 17:27
59 Nicolae Tanovitchii (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 17:49
60 Andzs Flaksis (Hincapie Racing Team) 19:22
61 Evan Huffman (Team Smartstop) 20:00
62 Mark Cavendish (Etixx - Quick Step) 20:05
63 Zico Waeytens (Team Giant - Alpecin) 20:33
64 Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing Team) 20:35
65 Guillaume Boivin (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 20:39
66 Andrea Peron (Team Novo Nordisk)
67 Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing)
68 Mike Teunissen (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo)
69 Justin Oien (Axeon Cycling Team)
70 Joonas Henttala (Team Novo Nordisk)
71 Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk)
72 Edward King (Team Cannondale - Garmin) all s.t.
73 Stijn Devolder (Trek Factory Racing) 21:00
74 Kristoffer Skjerping (Team Cannondale - Garmin) 21:01
75 Tyler Farrar (MTN - Qhubeka) 21:19
76 Koen De Kort (Team Giant - Alpecin) s.t.
77 Luis Romero Amaran (Jamis - Hagens Berman) 21:28
78 Mark Renshaw (Etixx - Quick Step) 21:30
79 Sep Vanmarcke (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo) 21:33
80 Thierry Hupond (Team Giant - Alpecin) 21:43
81 Dennis Van Winden (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo) 21:47
82 Jure Kocjan (Team Smartstop) 22:24
83 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Team Sky) 22:38
84 Tanner Putt (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team) 22:39
85 Oscar Clark (Hincapie Racing Team) 22:44
86 Travis Meyer (Drapac Professional Cycling) 23:22
87 Michael Morkov (Tinkoff - Saxo) 23:28
88 Martijn Verschoor (Team Novo Nordisk) 23:50
89 Martin Kohler (Drapac Professional Cycling)
90 Maarten Wynants (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo) both s.t.
91 Lachlan David Morton (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 24:11
92 Yves Lampaert (Etixx - Quick Step) 24:15
93 Jonathan Clarke (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team) s.t.
94 Matteo Trentin (Etixx - Quick Step) 24:24
95 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Etixx - Quick Step) 24:29
96 Joseph Lewis (Hincapie Racing Team) 24:30
97 Matt Brammeier (MTN - Qhubeka) 24:35
98 Eric Marcotte (Team Smartstop) 24:52
99 Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN - Qhubeka) 25:29
100 Campbell Flakemore (BMC Racing Team) 25:58
101 Lasse Norman Hansen (Team Cannondale - Garmin) 26:02
102 Tom Van Asbroeck (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo) 26:23
103 Tom Zirbel (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 27:03
104 Jordan Kerby (Drapac Professional Cycling) 27:29
105 Johann Van Zyl (MTN - Qhubeka) 27:33
106 Joseph Schmalz (Hincapie Racing Team) 27:39
107 Wouter Wippert (Drapac Professional Cycling) 27:47
108 Jos Van Emden (Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo) 28:02
109 David Lozano Riba (Team Novo Nordisk) 28:17
110 Eric Young (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 28:59
111 Thomas Soladay (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 29:10
112 Fred Rodriguez (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 29:14
113 Javier Megias Leal (Team Novo Nordisk) 29:19
114 Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Professional Cycling) 29:39
115 Jacob Rathe (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 29:42
116 Stephen Leece (Jamis - Hagens Berman) 30:16
117 Will Routley (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 30:57
118 Martin Velits (Etixx - Quick Step) 32:02
119 Steve Fisher (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 32:10
120 Nathan Earle (Team Sky) 32:20
121 Stijn Vandenbergh (Etixx - Quick Step) 32:32
122 Gerald Ciolek (MTN - Qhubeka) 32:47
123 Travis Livermon (Team Smartstop) 32:51
124 Kevin De Mesmaeker (Team Novo Nordisk) 33:01
125 Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 33:38
126 Graeme Brown (Drapac Professional Cycling) 34:48
127 Johnathan Freter (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 35:45
128 Matti Breschel (Tinkoff - Saxo) 37:20
129 Kiel Reijnen (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team) 37:36
130 David Williams (Jamis - Hagens Berman) 37:38
131 Daniele Ratto (Unitedhealthcare Cycling Team) 38:27
132 William Clarke (Drapac Professional Cycling) 40:29
133 Carson Miller (Jamis - Hagens Berman) 42:18



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