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May 15/16 19:27 pm - Tour of California: Stage 1, Sagan in Yellow

Posted by Editoress on 05/15/16

The 2016 Amgen Tour of California opened with World Champion and defending race champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) roaring to victory in a bunch sprint to the finish line in Mission Beach, San Diego.  The win put Sagan back into the yellow leader jersey he wore at the race's conclusion last year. Sunday's stage kicked off the 11th annual 8-day stage race, which features some of the most accomplished riders in the sport competing across 782 miles before concluding in Sacramento next Sunday, May 22nd.



Peter Sagan takes the win

Stage 1 Photo gallery




"I'm very happy to be here again, to catch a first victory here, in the first stage. Thank you to all my teammates. Today was a good day," said Sagan of his 14th Amgen Tour of California career victory (adding to his all-time record for stage wins). "I came here the first time in was a very nice race, very good organization, very nice hotels, food... Also, the level of the race is very good, and it's also very good for preparation because it's good weather. Now it's the Giro and Tour of California. And I prefer to come here to train and prepare. And also I like California for the fans, and I've won a lot of stages here, and I'm very happy always to return here."



The break

Stage 1 Photo gallery



Katusha at front




The 108-mile (175 km) stage began with a breakaway group of seven riders who sprang out to take a 4-plus minute lead over the peloton, which they held for much of the stage. Team KATUSHA rode at the front of the peloton for much of the stage, with Team Sky, Tinkoff and BMC Racing Team lending a hand to chase down the leaders in the final kilometres. For his part in the breakaway, Jacob Rathe (USA) of San Diego-based Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis, the 24 year-old rider who is coming back from artery surgery last season, was awarded the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey.

With about three kilomtres left in the stage, Team Lotto NL - Jumbo leapt to the front of the pack with Tinkoff jockeying for position to bring Sagan to the front. The last two kms saw a chaotic peloton fighting for control, with Lotto NL - Jumbo seeming to take over but Tinkoff still in the mix. Etixx - Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team's Tom Boonen (BEL) made a move toward the final metres which did not prove strong enough for the win, turning in an 8th place finish. Nothing could hold back the explosive power of the World Champion, with Sagan claiming the Amgen Race Leader Jersey as well as the Sprint Jersey.

"The fans are very nice. Every year it's more and more fans for me, and I'm very happy for that," said Sagan, who spoke of his love for California in the days leading to the race. The fans loved him right back, erupting into roars when he catapulted over the finish first by the length of his handlebars.

Cannondale's Wouter Wippert (NED) took second place (and will wear the Sprint Jersey in Stage 2) with fellow countrymen Team Lotto NL - Jumbo's 22 year-old Dylan Groenewegen (NED) earning third place on the stage as well as the Best Young Rider Jersey.

American rider Oscar Clark (USA) of Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team p/b Hincapie Sportswear will ride in the King of the Mountain (KOM) jersey, which he earned in the one KOM climb during his time in the breakaway. Speaking of the level of competition at the Amgen Tour of California, he commented:

"It's great for us. It's the biggest race we do all year, so to have the world champion and past world champions, and all the big name riders, it's awesome for what we do," said Clark.

Courtesy ATOC


Results from the first stage in California

Stage 1: San Diego to San Diego, 175 km
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff 4:20:41
2 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
3 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
4 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
5 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
6 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
7 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Hagens Berman
8 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
9 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
10 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro
11 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky
12 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
13 Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
14 Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro
15 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Wiggins
16 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
17 Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro
18 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Wiggins
19 Jesse Anthony (USA) Rally Cycling
20 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
21 Travis McCabe (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
22 Tao Geoghegan-Hart (GBr) Axeon Hagens Berman
23 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
24 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
25 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
26 Javier Megias (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
27 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro
28 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro
29 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
30 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek-Segafredo
31 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
32 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
33 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
34 Krists Neilands (Lat) Axeon Hagens Berman
35 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
36 Jake Kelly (GBr) Team Wiggins
37 Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Trek-Segafredo
38 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro
39 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
40 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky
41 Pierrick Naud (Can) Rally Cycling
42 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo
43 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
44 Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling
45 Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
46 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky
47 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
48 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff
49 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling
50 Samuel Sanchez (Esp) BMC Racing Team
51 Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha
52 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step
53 Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff
54 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
55 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
56 Ben King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
57 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
58 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
59 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
60 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
61 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
62 Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
63 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
64 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro
65 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie
66 Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
67 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling
68 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data
69 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
70 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
71 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data
72 Alex Peters (GBr) Team Sky
73 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step
74 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
75 Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff
76 Sindre Skjostad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-Alpecin
77 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
78 Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
79 Adam de Vos (Can) Rally Cycling
80 Rob Squire (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
81 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
82 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
83 William Barta (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
84 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
85 Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro
86 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
87 Mark Christian (GBr) Team Wiggins
88 Taylor Sheldon (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
89 Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
90 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
91 Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
92 Michael Schar (Sui) BMC Racing Team
93 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
94 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
95 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
96 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
97 Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie
98 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie
99 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
100 Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk
101 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling
102 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
103 Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins
104 Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
105 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
106 Chris Putt (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
107 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
108 Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
109 John Hornbeck (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
110 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Wiggins
111 Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins
112 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
113 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
114 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek-Segafredo
115 Xabier Zandio (Esp) Team Sky
116 Michael Sheehan (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
117 Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
118 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha all s.t.
119 Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff 0:15
120 Michael Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff 0:16
121 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie s.t.
122 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:20
123 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:23
124 Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins 0:30
125 Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie s.t.
126 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 0:34
127 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:39
128 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
129 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff
130 William Routley (Can) Rally Cycling
131 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team Katusha
132 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
133 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step all s.t.
134 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Dimension Data 0:53
135 Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie 0:56
136 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie 1:12
137 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data 1:14
138 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 1:22
139 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 1:41
140 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff 1:51
141 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:56
142 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie s.t.
143 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 2:12
144 Soren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 3:57


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