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May 22/16 21:49 pm - Tour of California: Stage 8


Posted by Editoress on 05/22/16
 

After1,258 kilometres and eight days of racing, 23 year-old Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team) clinched the 2016 Amgen Tour of Californiachampionship, becoming the youngest rider to hold that title in the race’s 11 years.

After ceding last year’s race to Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) by a mere three seconds, a determined Alaphilippe earned the traditional yellow Amgen Race Leader Jersey with a solo victory on the Gibraltar Road Queen Stage (3) Tuesday and has successfully defended it every day since, with a 16-second advantage at today’s start that he grew to 21 seconds when all was said and done. This first stage race win of his young career may foreshadow more headlines on the horizon with what would be his Grand Tour debut if he’s selected for his team’s Tour de France squad this summer.

“This victory is really important. It’s my first win of the season, and it’s the first time that I won a General Classification,” said Ardennes sensation Alaphilippe, who is the first French rider to win top honors in California. “It’s really something special to win this race, especially here in California, and I’m really proud of my team all week, especially today because it was a really stressful day for a lot of riders in the peloton. Everyone wanted to be in the front….It was a good day and I’m really, really happy.”

Today’s Sacramento course took the 133 world-class cyclists on a 136.5 km jaunt including a crossing of the iconic Tower Bridge leading into three 3.5 km laps around Capitol Park to the finish line in the shadow of the Capitol Building.  Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka)  came away with a hard-earned victory after an epic sprinter showdown, claiming his tenth all-time Amgen Tour of California stage win, second only to Sagan who holds the race record with 15 after taking Stages 1 and 4 this week.

Out on today’s course, an early breakaway of seven held until the closing circuits. Etixx – Quick-Step, protecting their yellow jersey winner, and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, looking for the stage win, took turns patrolling at the front of the peloton and had pulled the gap back to one minute with about 25 miles left to ride. The peloton with Tinkoff in control bore down on the leaders coming into the circuits, bringing the gap to less than 45 seconds.

The leaders were finally swallowed in the final lap, with the world’s all-star sprinters lining up to face off for a fast finish, including Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka with Mark Cavendish on the wheel of his lead-out man Mark Renshaw.  Also near the front as the peloton hurtled toward the finish at speeds in excess of 30 mph were Tinkoff with World Champion Sagan, and Team KATUSHA with star sprinter Alexander Kristoff, fresh off his stage win yesterday.

Even Alaphilippe joined the final flurry to the finish where Cavendish delivered his tenth Amgen Tour of California stage win (second only to Sagan), followed over the line by Sagan himself then Kristoff.  Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky) took third yesterday and settled for fourth today, followed by Team Giant-Alpecin’s

John Degenkolb, who has had a strong showing in California as he comes back from a severe injury after a car hit several team members during a training ride in January.

Cavendish, who holds a near record of 26 stage wins at the Tour de France, won four stages last year at the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, including several neck and neck finishes with Sagan, to claim last year’s Points classification. Today marks Cavendish’s fourth stage win in Sacramento (2010, 2014, 2015, 2016) including another close finish over Degenkolb in 2014.

“I’ve been coming to the Amgen Tour of California for many years. There’s a reason all the top riders in the world come over to America to race here.” Cavendish. “It’s always been a great race, and Kristin and AEG always put on a tremendous show, as well a great, relaxed race for the riders to come to….I’m happy to be here and I’m definitely coming back.”

In the classification competitions, the Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) award for the week went to a rider familiar with the Sacramento-area terrain, Rally Cycling’s Evan Huffman, after what was one of the most mountainous of all the Amgen Tour of California editions. In addition to his World Championship title, Sagan has racked up Points classification wins at the Tour de France (4) and will take home his career sixth Amgen Tour of California Visit California Sprint Jersey with the classification win this year. The SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey went to the Sacramento-area 19 year-old Neilson Powless (Roseville, Calif.) of the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team, who has worn the jersey and been in the top-5 overall for much of the race, finishing in ninth overall after today. Toms Skujins (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team) was the Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider.

“The route and the racing I really enjoyed,” said Huffman. “I thought it (the race) was more challenging than last year, which was good for me and my team, so overall I’m happy.”

2016 Jersey Winners

Amgen Leader Jersey – Julian Alaphilippe ( Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team)
Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey – Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling Team)
Visit California Sprint Jersey – Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)
SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey – Neilson Powless (Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team)

Breakaway from Cancer®  Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Toms Skujins (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team)

ATOC press release

 

 

Results from the eighth and final stage in California

 

Stage 8: Sacramento circuit, 136.5 km
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 3:01:12
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
4 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
5 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
6 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
7 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
8 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step
9 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
10 Travis McCabe (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
11 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
12 Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro
13 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie all s.t.
14 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie 0:03
15 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha
16 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman both s.t.
17 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:05
18 Samuel Sanchez (Esp) BMC Racing Team
19 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
20 Tao Geoghegan-Hart (GBr) Axeon Hagens Berman
21 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro
22 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
23 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
24 Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha
25 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
26 Rob Squire (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
27 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie
28 Pierrick Naud (Can) Rally Cycling
29 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro
30 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
31 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
32 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek-Segafredo
33 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Hagens Berman
34 Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
35 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
36 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
37 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
38 Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
39 Michael Schar (Sui) BMC Racing Team
40 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data
41 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin all s.t.
42 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:13
43 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 0:17
44 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:21
45 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:25
46 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:31
47 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:35
48 Javier Megias (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
49 Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff both s.t.
50 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk 0:40
51 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team Katusha 0:44
52 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro s.t.
53 Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:49
54 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling
55 Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
56 Michael Sheehan (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
57 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
58 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling
59 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
60 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
61 Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins all s.t.
62 Ben King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 0:55
63 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 0:44
64 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 0:57
65 Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie 1:00
66 Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro
67 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha both s.t.
68 Krists Neilands (Lat) Axeon Hagens Berman 1:04
69 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro s.t.
70 Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro 1:12
71 John Hornbeck (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie s.t.
72 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 1:17
73 Jake Kelly (GBr) Team Wiggins
74 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha both s.t.
75 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky 1:23
76 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step 1:28
77 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie
78 Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins
79 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
80 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
81 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
82 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
83 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff
84 Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
85 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
86 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
87 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data 1:36
88 Taylor Sheldon (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis s.t.
89 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff 1:39
90 Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff s.t.
91 Soren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin/td>  1:44
92 Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin s.t.
93 William Barta (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 1:46
94 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 1:51
95 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro 1:54
96 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky 1:58
97 Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 2:14
98 Chris Putt (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 2:16
99 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Dimension Data 2:18
100 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data
101 Xabier Zandio (Esp) Team Sky
102 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky all s.t.
103 Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins 2:18
104 Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 2:25
105 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 2:32
106 Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling 2:34
107 Michael Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff 2:40
108 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data 2:43
109 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Wiggins 3:01
110 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Wiggins s.t.
111 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Wiggins 3:03
112 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data
113 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek-Segafredo both s.t.
114 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 3:28
115 Adam de Vos (Can) Rally Cycling
116 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling
117 William Routley (Can) Rally Cycling all s.t.
118 Sindre Skjostad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-Alpecin 3:28
119 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie
120 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie
121 Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis all s.t.
122 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 3:50
123 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
124 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
125 Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
126 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
127 Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff all s.t.
128 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 4:53
129 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo 5:15
130 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff 5:36
131 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 6:17
DNF Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
 
Final GC
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 31:47:50
2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team at 0:21
3 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:43
4 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 0:52
5 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 1:22
6 Samuel Sanchez (Esp) BMC Racing Team 1:22
7 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 1:50
8 Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha 1:53
9 Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 1:57
10 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 2:13
11 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 2:46
12 Tao Geoghegan-Hart (GBr) Axeon Hagens Berman 3:00
13 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Hagens Berman 3:22
14 Javier Megias (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 3:53
15 Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie 5:03
16 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data 5:11
17 Rob Squire (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie 6:05
18 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro 6:46
19 John Hornbeck (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie 7:07
20 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo 7:17
21 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 7:35
22 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 8:22
23 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team Katusha 9:59
24 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro :11:10
25 Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro :12:12
26 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team :12:46
27 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha :12:56
28 Travis McCabe (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie :13:26
29 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step :17:42
30 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky :18:21
31 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie :19:05
32 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo :19:39
33 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie :21:36
34 Michael Schar (Sui) BMC Racing Team :22:01
35 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff :22:21
36 Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff :23:21
37 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo :23:22
38 Taylor Sheldon (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis :24:35
39 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step :27:17
40 Krists Neilands (Lat) Axeon Hagens Berman :27:47
41 Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo :28:42
42 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie :30:19
43 Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team :30:28
44 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro :32:24
45 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step :33:50
46 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin :33:52
47 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha :36:42
48 Sindre Skjostad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-Alpecin :37:46
49 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team :39:55
50 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team :41:41
51 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data :42:53
52 Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman :43:22
53 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin :45:48
54 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha :46:26
55 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie :47:10
56 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro :47:32
57 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo :47:33
58 Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman :47:57
59 Ben King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team :48:19
60 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie :48:54
61 Soren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin :50:24
62 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky :51:24
63 Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro :51:44
64 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data :52:22
65 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis :52:28
66 Xabier Zandio (Esp) Team Sky :52:31
67 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step :52:42
68 Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie :52:49
69 Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling :53:58
70 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff :54:17
71 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team :57:29
72 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step :58:28
73 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie :59:27
74 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling 1:00:33
75 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 1:00:52
76 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 1:01:19
77 Adam de Vos (Can) Rally Cycling 1:01:28
78 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 1:02:25
79 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step 1:04:18
80 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 1:04:40
81 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 1:05:05
82 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 1:06:25
83 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie 1:07:05
84 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling 1:07:40
85 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 1:09:22
86 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 1:09:37
87 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 1:10:27
88 William Barta (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 1:10:52
89 Michael Sheehan (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:13:28
90 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 1:13:39
91 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 1:13:44
92 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Wiggins 1:14:12
93 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 1:14:19
94 Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 1:17:15
95 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie 1:17:34
96 Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins 1:18:13
97 Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro 1:18:29
98 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 1:19:08
99 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 1:19:22
100 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 1:20:31
101 Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff 1:20:51
102 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk 1:22:34
103 Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:22:57
104 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team 1:23:09
105 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 1:23:24
106 Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins 1:23:52
107 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 1:24:33
108 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek-Segafredo 1:25:43
109 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 1:25:46
110 Pierrick Naud (Can) Rally Cycling 1:26:12
111 William Routley (Can) Rally Cycling 1:26:18
112 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Wiggins 1:26:51
113 Chris Putt (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:26:51
114 Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie 1:28:02
115 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff 1:28:05
116 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky 1:29:50
117 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha 1:30:37
118 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 1:31:38
119 Jake Kelly (GBr) Team Wiggins 1:32:48
120 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data 1:33:12
121 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Wiggins 1:33:38
122 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data 1:34:00
123 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Dimension Data 1:34:28
124 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 1:34:38
125 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro 1:34:57
126 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff 1:35:43
127 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data 1:36:40
128 Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 1:38:22
129 Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins 1:39:23
130 Michael Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff 1:40:26
131 Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff 1:44:56

 

 

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