SAGAN TAKES DRAMATIC WIN

SAGAN TAKES DRAMATIC WIN IN THE CLOSEST FINISH EVER AT THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA – CHAMPIONSHIP OF 8 DAY, 724-MILE RACE CAME DOWN TO SECONDS AND MILLIMETERS

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Cavendish Rides Away with Green Jersey and Final Stage from

L.A. LIVE to Pasadena for 4th Stage Win

 

PASADENA, Calif. (May 17, 2015) – The eighth and concluding stage of the 10th anniversary Amgen Tour of California could not have been any closer, with Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan (SVK) winning the race by two millimeters over 22-year-old SRAM Best Young Rider Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) of Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team.

 

After more than 700 miles and eight days of racing, the overall win came down to mere seconds, with the bonus time awarded at the finish line and one Sprint the deciding factors for the title. Sagan and Alaphilippe were separated by just two seconds when today’s 65.3-mile Stage 8, presented by Amgen, began at L.A. LIVE across from STAPLES Center.

 

Sagan took on Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team’s Mark Cavendish (GBR) for the Sprint at the start of nine Rose Bowl Stadium circuits, and the first photo finish of the day saw maximum points going to Cavendish, with Sagan pulling within one second of Alaphilippe. But the young Frenchman was not to be counted out and picked up one second of his own by coming over the line third.

 

To pull off the overall victory, Sagan had to finish the stage in the top-3 and in front of Alaphilippe. The yellow jersey changed hands five times in eight days.

 

Coming to the finish, he was challenged by a field of impressive sprinters, with Cavendish (GBR) again crossing in first place. Sagan rocketed over the line just behind Drapac Racing Team’s Wouter Wippert (NED) and neck and neck with MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s U.S. rider Tyler Farrar. Another photo finish decided the race – Sagan had claimed third for the day and the overall win by less than a tire rim. His overall time after eight days of racing was 28:13:12, just three seconds ahead of Alaphilippe.

 

“I believed about today, I can do it. I am very happy for this general classification victory today,” said 2015 Amgen Tour of California champion Sagan. “This year I lose the green jersey, and I had to do something to be on the podium!”

 

Sagan swaps the green jersey, which he has won for five years running, for yellow, with the Visit California Sprint Jersey going to Cavendish after his stage win today, his fourth of the week. Today’s win brings the 25-time Tour de France stage winner’s career California wins to nine, the second-most behind Sagan (13).

 

Today’s route wound from downtown Los Angeles’ famous sports and entertainment district L.A. LIVE to the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena where the riders completed nine 3.2-mile circuits at speeds nearing 40 mph. Last year’s race ended in Pasadena as well, with Sagan claiming the stage win.

 

Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team started the day at the front of the peloton. Belgian cyclist Yves Lampaert launched an early attack and was followed by four riders who gained :20 over the field in hopes of making Sagan’s team work hard to keep the overall contender in the game. Tinkoff-Saxo drove up the peloton’s pace to keep them in easy reach, bringing the field back together before the Sprint line.

 

Hincapie Racing Team’s Oscar Clark (USA) rode in a breakaway of four that formed entering the Pasadena circuits. He was the last standing when the peloton caught him with two laps left in the race, earning him the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey.

 

Two Americans finished in the overall top-10, including 23-year-old Joseph Dombrowski (Charlottesville, Va.) of Team Cannondale-Garmin in fourth place and yesterday’s Queen Stage third-place finisher Ian Boswell (Bend, Oregon) in seventh for Team Sky. Robert Gesink (NED), the 2012 Amgen Tour of California champion, placed fifth for Team LottoNL-Jumbo.

 

STAGE 8 PODIUM

1. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

2. Wouter Wippert (NED), Drapac Racing Team

3. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo

 

2015 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA FINAL STANDINGS

1. 28:13:12 Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo

2. +:03 Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

3. +:37 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (COL), Team Sky

4. +1:14 Joseph Dombrowski (USA), Team Cannondale-Garmin

5. +1:15 Robert Gesink (NED), Team LottoNL-Jumbo

 

2015 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA JERSEY WINNERS

Amgen Race Leader Jersey: Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo

Visit California Sprint Jersey: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

Lexus King of the Mountain Jersey: Daniel Oss (ITA), BMC Racing Team

Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey: Oscar Clark (USA), Hincapie Racing Team

SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey: Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

 

Overall Team Classification – Team Sky (GBR)

 

Celebrating its 10th year, the Amgen Tour of California is the most esteemed stage race in the U.S.

 

“When we first set out to build America’s Greatest Race, we could only imagine being here 10 years later with the most thrilling race yet. Not only has the Amgen Tour of California become the largest sporting event in California, but it’s one of the most respected races in the world,” said Kristin Bachochin Klein, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “Our thanks to everyone who has cheered, watched and worked alongside us this year, and over the past 10. Until next year!”

 

For further information about the Amgen Tour of California, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

 

Amgen has been the title sponsor of the race since its first year.

 

Today, at the final stage of the 10th annual Amgen Tour of California, in addition to crowning the winner of the race, Amgen and Honorary Breakaway from Cancer® Champion Joan Lunden celebrated ten extraordinary Champions in the fight against cancer.

 

Selected from a nationwide search, the 2015 Breakaway from Cancer Champions are: Shelby Marie Adams (Reno, Nev.), Karen Borges (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Mary Carrillo (Irvine, Calif.), Donna Deegan (Jacksonville, Fla.), Elaine Eckert (Jacksonville, Fla.), Shawn Gardner (Alexandria, Va.), Nick Gleissner (Hemet, Calif.), Robert Hess (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Debra Katzenberger (Glen Burnie, Md.), and William Kenny (Los Angeles).

 

These inspirational men and women have made a true impact. They have turned a cancer diagnosis into an opportunity to change the lives of others. They have raised millions of dollars towards cancer research and treatments. They serve as mentors to newly diagnosed cancer patients. They have started their own non-profit organizations. They inspire others to action. They are survivors. They are caregivers. They are advocates. They are Champions.

 

“We are extremely proud of the fact that over the past 10 years the Amgen Tour of California has become synonymous with celebrating cancer survivors, thanks to Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative,” said Raymond C. Jordan, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at Amgen. “Amgen’s hope is that by sharing the stories of the ten Breakaway from Cancer Champions, we will in turn inspire others facing similar situations.”

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2015 Amgen Tour of California Stage 7 Men Results

ALAPHILIPPE SEIZES THE LEAD AT THE 2015

AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA, DISPATCHING RACE VETERANS AND CLIMBING TO SOLO WIN ATOP MT. BALDY

 

Sagan’s Ride for the Ages Keeps Him in Contention for Overall Win Tomorrow in Final Stage from L.A. LIVE to Pasadena

 

MT. BALDY, Calif. (May 16, 2015) – The final weekend of the 10th anniversary Amgen Tour of California began in Ontario with 133 cyclists and ended with one solo rider, 22-year-old SRAM Best Young Rider Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) of Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team, claiming the stage win and overall race lead at the 6,347-foot summit of Mt. Baldy.

 

With Sprint and finish line bonus points on offer tomorrow, Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan (SVK), who was leading the race 45 seconds ahead of Alaphilippe this morning, is still in contention to win the 8-stage event. His committed ride in the leader group up the slopes of Mt. Baldy leaves him just two seconds down on the new race leader.

 

An early breakaway of six included BMC Racing Team’s Daniel Oss (ITA) and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s Johann Van Zyl (RSA), a three-time Under 23 South African Champion (two road race, one time trial). Today was Oss’ third in the breakaway, having spent more than 10 hours and 200 miles in front of the peloton this week. He’s been chipping away at the King of the Mountain (KOM) competition, finally taking the jersey today from Hincapie Racing Team’s Toms Skujins (LAT) after breasting the 9-mile Glendora Mountain Road (“GMR”) climb first. Skujins led the race after Tuesday until yesterday when Sagan took the lead with a blazing time trial ride.

 

In the final 20 mostly uphill miles, Team Sky rode at the front of the peloton in support of their Columbian climber Sergio Luis Henao Montoya and kicked up the pace trying to shake riders, especially race leader Sagan, who matched the brisk climb with no problem. Two and a half hours into the race, Van Zyl attacked Oss to take the solo lead for a brief time before they were both reabsorbed on the final 15 miles.

 

The lead group of just over 25 rode together to the final Mt. Baldy climb, including the youngest cyclist in the race, 19-year-old Geoffrey Curran (USA) of Axeon Cycling Team, as well as the general classification contenders like 2012 race champion Robert Gesink (NED) of Team LottoNL-Jumbo, who shored up the yellow jersey with a win on this same route. In the overall standings at the start of the day, more than half of the top-10 cyclists in the general classification were strong climbers, with most separated by less than a minute.

 

Mt. Baldy’s 15 switchbacks delivered the cyclists to the summit finish after a climb gaining 3,022 feet in elevation at grades up to 17 percent. The 4.3-mile HC climb almost seems straight uphill. About a mile into it, Team Sky’s Henao attacked, and Alaphilippe answered.

 

The two toiled up the mountain together, varying the pace and gaining seconds over the rest of the group. With less than 2.5 miles left to ride, Alaphilippe pulled ahead and off to a solo win (3:42:13), his first of the season. Henao finished the stage next with teammate Ian Boswell (USA) (+:23), then Team Cannondale-Garmin’s Joseph Dombrowski (USA) (+:36) and Austrian National Champion Riccardo Zoidl of Trek Factory Racing (+:XX). Sagan pulled over the line in sixth (+:47).

 

The race conclusion tomorrow will air live on NBC from 10 a.m.-noon PDT (1-3 p.m. EDT). Alaphilippe leads Sagan by two seconds overall. Henao is in third (+:33) followed by Dombrowski (+1:10) and Gesink (+1:11). The race will come down to tomorrow’s Sprint points, including those awarded at the finish line. The Sprint points competition also will be decided tomorrow with Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team’s Mark Cavendish (GBR) leading Sagan by six seconds.

 

STAGE 7 PODIUM

1. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

2. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (COL), Team Sky

3. Ian Boswell (USA), Team Sky

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FRIDAY’S MEN’S & WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIALS WILL BE RELOCATED TO SANTA CLARITA

FRIDAY’S MEN’S & WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIALSWILL BE RELOCATED TO SANTA CLARITA DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS

 

LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2015) – Due to the forecast of snow and low temperatures, the Amgen Tour of California organizers have determined that race day conditions will not be safe for riders, teams, partners, fans or staff participating or attending the Individual Time Trial events scheduled for Friday, May 15 at Big Bear Lake.

 

In order to preserve the important Time Trial stage of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, arrangements are being formalized  to relocate Friday’s Men’s and Women’s Individual Time Trials to the Santa Clarita vicinity. 

 

Specific details regarding the course, road closures and other important information will be announced on Thursday, May 14th via press release and on-line at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com .

 

Amgen Tour of California Executive Director Kristin Klein commented, “While we are very disappointed to have to relocate the Individual Time Trials from Big Bear Lake, the safety of all of those affected has always been our primary concern.” 

 

“We are extremely appreciative of everything the Big Bear Lake Organizing Committee has done for us this past year and in years past.  While it is truly unfortunate that the community of Big Bear Lake will not fully capitalize on the impact as expected, our decision had to be based on the safety of the riders, the teams, the fans and residents,” commented Klein.  “We owe everyone in Big Bear Lake a debt of gratitude and look forward to the opportunity to return to Big Bear Lake in the coming years.”

 

Ray Dicius, Vice Chair, Big Bear Lake 2015 Local Organizing Committee commented, “The City of Big Bear Lake and the Local Organizing Committee support the Tour’s difficult decision to move the Men’s and Women’s Individual Time Trial for reasons of rider safety as well as concerns for the teams, staff and spectators.  Predicting and reacting to possible inclement weather is always hard and becomes even more so when you factor in a large traveling race caravan including tons of transported equipment. We thank the Tour’s Executive and Race Director Kristin Klein and Jim Birrell, as well as their very professional team along with all of our Funding and Presenting Partners, vendors, 200 plus staff and volunteers who understand tough decisions the Tour needs to make.  While we are disappointed in weather decisions beyond our control, we look forward to being a Host City again to welcome the best race fans and America’s Greatest Race back to Big Bear Lake, CA.”

 

Friday’s schedule for Stage 6 Presented by Lexus in Santa Clarita will be:

11:00 AM – Women’s Individual Time Trial Empowered with SRAM

1:00 PM – Men’s Individual Time Trial

 

2015 Amgen Tour of California Men Stage 4 Results

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Jersey Winners

  • Amgen Leader Jersey – Toms Skujins (LAT), Hincapie Racing Team (USA) – Note, this is Skujins’ second day winning the leader jersey
  • Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey – Toms Skujins (LAT), Hincapie Racing Team (USA) – Note, this is Skujins’ second day winning the KOM jersey
  • Visit California Sprint Jersey – Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team (BEL) – Note, this is Cavendish’s fourth day winning the sprint jersey
  • SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey – Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team (BEL) – Note, this is Alaphilippe’s second day winning the Best Young Rider jersey.
  • Breakaway from Cancer®  Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Gregory Daniel (USA), Axeon Cycling Team (USA)

 

 

Stage 4 Men  Top – 3

  • FIRST – Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS)
  • SECOND – Wouter Wippert (NED), Drapac Professional Cycling (AUS)
  • THIRD – Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team (BEL)

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SKUJINS MAKES A GREAT ESCAPE IN THE MOUNTAINS

 

SKUJINS MAKES A GREAT ESCAPE IN THE MOUNTAINS AND CLIMBS TO TOP OF LEADER BOARD DURING STAGE 3 OF THE

2015 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

 

Top-25 Riders Separated by Less than a Minute Leading to Tomorrow’s Coastal Ride and the Half-point of the Race

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. (May 12, 2015) – In what might come to be the greatest escape of the 10th anniversary Amgen Tour of California, 23-year-old Toms Skujins (LAT) of the Hincapie Racing Team suffered through the mountainous 107.6-mile stage to claim a solo victory by more than a minute along with the coveted Amgen Race Leader Jersey.

 

Stage 3, presented by SRAM, began and ended in 10-time host city San Jose, the only city to have hosted the Amgen Tour of California every year since it began in 2006. In between, there was high drama at high elevations as riders confronted six King of the Mountain (KOM) climbs: one HC at Mt. Hamilton, a Category 2 climb and four Category 4 climbs, including the uphill finish.

 

The first 20 miles of the race were spotted with several foiled breakaway attempts, with the peloton traveling at speeds over 40 mph. Near Livermore, BMC Racing Team’s Daniel Oss (ITA) found his way to the successful breakaway for the second day in a row, along with six other riders, who worked together to increase their lead up to nearly 5 minutes at the 3-hour point of the 4.5-hour race.

 

Oss swept the first three KOMs, after which the group began to break up, with Skujins sailing off to a solo lead, which he steadily increased to 1:35 over the chase group and 4 minutes over the peloton by the time the more than 4,000-foot KOM summit at Mt. Hamilton was in his sights. Oss kept his hopes alive for the KOM competition, crossing the Mt. Hamilton KOM line second. With Skujins winning today’s competition, it will be second-place Oss who will wear the KOM jersey tomorrow since Skujins will don the coveted yellow leader.

 

“This is big. It’s pretty massive for us… I knew that a breakaway had a chance today,” said Skujins, who was Latvia’s Under-23 National Road Race Champion in 2013. “The last half-mile was just pure pain. My legs were locking up… I was not able to go any harder.”

 

Oss said of his two consecutive days in the breakaway that he wasn’t surprised. “It was a really hard start. I found a good moment and I tried because a few riders were there. I went because it was also good to think about the final climb because maybe from the group someone will want to attack and I can stay there for a teammate to help in the final.”

 

In the peloton, Tinkoff-Saxo and ultimately Team Sky drove up the pace to try to catch the escapees, with all but Skujins reabsorbed. The Latvian rider’s lead was just too large, and though he was struggling going it alone on the final climb to the finish, his efforts paid off with the overall race lead and a :32 advantage over Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan (SVK), who finished second for the third day in a row and holds on to second place overall. Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team’s 22-year-old Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) was along with him to take third (fourth overall, +:43) as well as the SRAM Best Young Rider award today. Team SmartStop’s Rob Britton (CAN) holds third position overall (+:44).

 

Heading into Stage 4 of 8 tomorrow, the 25 leaders in the general classification are separated by less than one minute.

 

STAGE 3 PODIUM

1. Toms Skujins (LAT), Hincapie Racing Team

2. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo

3. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) of Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

 

STAGE 3 JERSEY WINNERS

Amgen Race Leader Jersey: Toms Skujins (LAT), Hincapie Racing Team

Visit California Sprint Jersey: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

Lexus King of the Mountain Jersey: Toms Skujins (LAT), Hincapie Racing Team

Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey: Daniel Oss (ITA), BMC Racing Team

SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey: Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) of Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

 

Celebrating its 10th year, the Amgen Tour of California is the most esteemed stage race in the U.S. Amgen has been the title sponsor of the race since its first year.

 

“At Amgen, we are passionate about serving patients, and we have reached millions of people with our medicines over the past 35 years,” said Raymond C. Jordan, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at Amgen.  “We are grateful that our sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California has given us another platform to educate so many people, not just in California but nationwide, about important resources available through our Breakaway from Cancer program.”

 

Breakaway from Cancer®, created by Amgen in 2005, is a national initiative to raise awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer – from prevention to survivorship. A collaboration between Amgen and four nonprofit organizations – Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support Community, Patient Advocate Foundation and National Coalition for Survivorship – the program offers a broad range of services complementing those provided by a patient’s team of healthcare professionals.

 

As part of today’s race activities, cancer survivor David Tanza, Santa Cruz, Calif. joined the official start activities and cancer survivor Blaine Mauldin, Mountain View, Calif. had the honor of awarding Oss the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey.  Because Oss is now wearing the Lexus King of the Mountain Jersey, Michael Schār of BMC Racing Team will ride Stage 4 in the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey.

 

For more information about Breakaway from Cancer, visit breakawayfromcancer.com.

 

STAGE 4 TOMORROW, PRESENTED BY SRAM:

Wednesday, May 13 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach (106.9 miles)

Start Time: 11:30 a.m. PDT

Estimated Finish Time: 3:49 p.m. PDT

 

Fans can cheer on the world-class cyclists as they travel across the state or catch the action with the free Amgen Tour of California app for tablets and mobile devices. More information on ways to watch is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

 

For further information about the Amgen Tour of California and to experience the race like never before with VIP Access, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

 

About the Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2 HC, meaning “beyond category”), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

 

This year, the men’s course will traverse more than 700 miles and wind through 13 host cities, including Sacramento, Nevada City, Lodi, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) and Pasadena. The women’s three-day stage race traveled more than 150 miles through South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, followed by a 15-mile Invitational Time Trial in Big Bear Lake.

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2015 Amgen Tour of California Men Stage 2 Results

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CAVENDISH CLOSES IN ON SAGAN WITH 7

AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA STAGE WINS

AFTER EXPLOSIVE PHOTO FINISH IN LODI

 

Sprinter Battle Re-Ignites for Second Consecutive Day

with Sagan and Cavendish Neck and Neck at the Finish

 

LODI, Calif. (May 11, 2015) – It was another day for the sprinters and no shortage of virtual fireworks for the 10th anniversary Amgen Tour of California as Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team’s Mark Cavendish (GBR) blasted over the finish line to his second stage win in the first two days of racing.

 

At the Nevada City start of Stage 2, presented by Breakaway from Cancer®, BMC Racing Team’s Daniel Oss (ITA) and Trek Factory Racing’s Markel Irizar Aranburu (ESP) escaped and were followed in short order by Cuba’s Luis Romero Amaran of Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home and Robin Carpenter (USA) of Hincapie Racing Team.

 

The breakaway held off the peloton for most of the 120.4-mile stage, with the gap hovering around 5 minutes midway through the race. Reminiscent of yesterday’s ride, Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team set the pace in the peloton on the downhill jaunt into first-time host city Lodi. They cranked it up inside the 20-mile mark, angling to catch the break and send their sprinter Cavendish (GBR) to his second stage win of the race.

 

Amaran was the first to succumb, with the others falling back into the fold on the second of the two 2.2-mile circuits lined with thousands of fans in downtown Lodi. A crash while preparing to round a corner on the first circuit took out several riders in the middle of the pack, including race veteran Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) of Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home, who has competed in all 10 Amgen Tour of California editions and was making his final race appearance.  Unfortunately, the resident of nearby Watsonville, CA, Jacques-Maynes suffered a separated shoulder, the loss of a couple of teeth and minor cuts to his face and was unable to finish the race.

 

During the final circuit, Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team, Tinkoff-Saxo and Drapac Professional Cycling all formed lead-out trains, ready to propel their sprinters in the final meters. In a frenzied sprint, which saw Cavendish momentarily boxed in, Drapac’s Wouter Wippert (NED) had the lead going into the home stretch. In an explosive maneuver, Cavendish whipped by him on one side with Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan (SVK) on the other as they lunged together over the line for a photo finish. Cavendish, with 146 career wins to his credit, took the stage by centimeters, making him the second all-time Amgen Tour of California stage winner (7), behind Sagan (11) who has two second place finishes in this year’s race.

 

“To be fair, on the line, I didn’t even know if I’d got it,” said Cavendish. “I’m happy I could win after the hard work of Etixx – Quick-Step today.”

 

Cavendish leads the general classification, with Sagan trailing by :8 and Carpenter and yesterday’s breakaway leader William Clarke (AUS) of Drapac Professional Cycling at :11.

 

Southern California resident Carpenter took maximum points at all three Sprint lines on the course and was the first to crest the only categorized climb of the race on Highway 49, which earned the 22-year-old the Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey and the SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey today.

 

STAGE 2 PODIUM

1. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

2. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo

3. Wouter Wippert (NED), Drapac Professional Cycling

 

STAGE 2 JERSEY WINNERS

Amgen Race Leader Jersey: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

Visit California Sprint Jersey: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

Lexus King of the Mountain Jersey: Robin Carpenter (USA), Hincapie Racing Team

Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey: Markel Irizar Aranburu (ESP), Trek Factory Racing

SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey: Robin Carpenter (USA), Hincapie Racing Team

 

Celebrating its 10th year, the Amgen Tour of California is the most esteemed stage race in the U.S. Amgen has been the title sponsor of the race since its first year.

 

Today, Amgen recognized cancer survivor and Lodi, Calif. resident Kelsey Walters as a local Breakaway from Cancer® Champion.  Walters was just seven years old when she was diagnosed with cancer. Now cancer free for 16 years, she and her family have dedicated their lives to helping other families whose children are being treated for cancer. Before today’s cyclist finish, Walters led 150 community members in the Breakaway Mile, a special walk along the race course and across the finish line to honor the millions of cancer survivors worldwide.   

 

Today’s Breakaway Mile walk was part of Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer®, a national initiative to raise awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer – from prevention to survivorship.  

 

Breakaway from Cancer also celebrated cancer survivor Kayle Martin, Nevada City, Calif. as the official race starter and Walters presented the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey to cancer survivor Markel Irizar Aranburu, who has conquered testicular cancer and rode most of today’s 120-mile stage out front in the breakaway.

 

For access to resources or to learn more, visit breakawayfromcancer.com.

 

STAGE 3 TOMORROW, PRESENTED BY SRAM:

Tuesday, May 12 – San Jose (105.7 miles)

Start Time: 11:45 a.m. PDT

Estimated Finish Time: 3:50 p.m. PDT

Jersey Winners

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Amgen Leader Jersey – Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team (BEL) – Note, this is Cavendish’s second day receiving the leader jersey

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey – Robin Carpenter (USA), Hincapie Racing Team (USA)

  • Visit California Sprint Jersey – Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team (BEL) – Note, this is Cavendish’s second day receiving the Sprint jersey

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey – Robin Carpenter (USA), Hincapie Racing Team (USA)

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Breakaway from Cancer®  Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Markel Irizar Aranburu (ESP), Trek Factory Racing (USA)

 

Stage 2 Men  Top – 3

  • FIRST – Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team (BEL)

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]SECOND – Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS)

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]THIRD – Wouter Wippert (NED), Drapac Professional Cycling (AUS)

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Amgen Tour of California 2015 – Stage 1 Results and Video

Amgen Tour of California 2015 – Stage 1 – FINAL KILOMETERS
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MARK CAVENDISH KICKS OFF 10th ANNIVERSARY

AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

WITH 2nd CONSECUTIVE STAGE WIN IN SACRAMENTO

 

Sacramento Stage 1 Delivers Another Epic Sprinter Shootout and Legions of Fans

 

SACRAMENTO (May 10, 2015) – The 10th anniversary of the Amgen Tour of California began big, with the longest ride of this year’s 8-stage race (126.2 miles) beginning and ending at the California State Capitol building in Sacramento where Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team’s Mark Cavendish (GBR) rocketed to his 10th stage win of the 2015 season.

 

A site of some of the most well-attended stages and memorable sprinter shootouts in race history, including last year’s photo finish that Cavendish (GBR) claimed over John Degenkolb (GER) by less than 1/4 of an inch, the rider from the Isle of Man won his sixth overall stage and second consecutive Sacramento stage win.  

 

An early breakaway of four riders lasted most of the nearly five hour day of racing, with the gap approaching 7 minutes early on. The 143 cyclists representing 18 teams from around the world ambled through nearby small towns, over dirt and gravel roads – which led to mechanical issues for some and a withdrawal from a local favorite – and made several river crossings on today’s beautiful course, including two passes over the iconic Tower Bridge.

 

The halfway point of the race saw the gap steadily closing, down to 5 minutes, with Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team continuing to set the peloton’s pace as they had for much of the ride, working early to position 25-time Tour de France stage winner Cavendish to take his sixth Amgen Tour of California win today, which ties him for second of all-time.

 

Drapac Professional Cycling’s William Clarke (AUS) and Team SmartStop’s Robert Sweeting (USA) were the last two standing in the breakaway as they approached the downtown Sacramento circuit. Clarke earned the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey for his role in the breakaway and claiming maximum points at every Sprint line up until the finish.

 

The final of three circuits saw Tinkoff-Saxo leading the field with Amgen Tour of California stage win record holder (11) Peter Sagan (SVK) ready to pounce and Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team biding their time to lead out Cavendish. While other teams with sprinters in the hunt for the stage win worked to get their men in position, no one was a match today for Cavendish and his teammate Mark Renshaw (AUS), who delivered him decisively over the finish ahead of Sagan, also putting him at the top of the Sprint classification.

 

Some of the most decorated sprinters in the sport are racing in the 2015 Amgen Tour of California. With several stages primed to deliver jaw-dropping sprint performances, today’s result sets up a battle for the overall green jersey, which Sagan has won five years running. Cavendish won the overall green jersey six years ago.

 

STAGE 1 PODIUM

1. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

2. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo

3. Jean-Pierre Drucker (LUX), BMC Racing Team

 

STAGE 1 JERSEY WINNERS

Amgen Race Leader Jersey: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

Visit California Sprint Jersey: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team

Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey: William Clarke (AUS), Drapac Professional Cycling

SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey: Zico Waeytens (BEL), Team Giant-Alpecin

Results:

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