Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) showed that he is still one of the fastest sprinters in world cycling as he took the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California in a bunch sprint, finishing well clear of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep) negotiated the stage safely to take out the overall title.

The 138 kilometre final stage was always going to be one for the sprinters, but that did not mean that a break would not try and spoil the party. Indeed, the day’s break formed fairly early, with a seven rider group made up of Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel), Chris Jones (UnitedHealthcare), Jake Kelly (Team WIGGINS), Alan Marangoni (Cannondale), Krists Nielands (Axeon-Hagens Berman), Emerson Oronte (Rally Cycling), and Taylor Sheldon (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) taking off and building a lead of around two minutes.

In the peloton it was clear that Dimension Data believed this was a day for their man Cavendish, and they team committed riders to the chase from early on, limiting the lead the break was allowed to have. They were not quite alone in the chase though, as Direct Energie were still looking for a sprint win for Bryan Coquard, with Etixx-QuickStep also keen to manage affairs on behalf of their man in the yellow jersey, Alaphilippe.

As the bunch entered the first of three finishing circuits in Sacramento, the break had just one minute over the peloton, but they did not give up that lead easily, and Dimension Data had to burn through most of Cavendish’s leadout train to bring the gap down. The tight finishing circuit did not help either as a number of riders came to grief, including some of those fairly high up in the overall standings, with Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) taking a nasty tumble, as did Nielson Powless (Axeon-Hagens Berman).

The crashes disrupted the chase as well, and the final two members of the break were dangling off the front of the peloton until the final kilometre, which left precious little time for the sprinters to organise themselves for the impending bunch gallop. Cavendish, isolated after his team’s hard work in the chase, managed to find his way onto the wheel of the form sprinter at the moment, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), while Katusha worked at the front of the peloton to lead out Alexander Kristoff to what they hoped would be a second stage win in as many days.

However, it was Sagan who launched a ferocious sprint to pass the fading Katusha train, only to be left for dead by a flying Cavendish who accelerated off Sagan’s wheel and took the win with enough room for a two-arm salute as he crossed the line. Sagan held on for second, ahead of Kristoff, with the rest of the sprinters lining up behind them. In eleventh place, right on the wheel of the sprinters, was Alaphilippe, who had made certain that he would not lose a single second of his overall lead, and in fact managed to gain time over all his rivals in the overall standings. He took home the overall title, 21 seconds ahead of Rohan Dennis (BMC) in second, with Brent Bookwalter (BMC) in third, a further 22 seconds back. George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) moved up a couple of places to seventh overall, 1:50 off the winner.

 

Stage results:

Rank Name Nat. Team Result
1 Mark CAVENDISH GBR DDD 3:01:12
2 Peter SAGAN SVK TNK +0
3 Alexander KRISTOFF NOR KAT +0
4 Danny VAN POPPEL NED SKY +0
5 John DEGENKOLB GER TGA +0
6 Niccolo BONIFAZIO ITA TFS +0
7 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER LUX BMC +0
8 Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE ARG EQS +0
9 Dylan GROENEWEGEN NED TLJ +0
10 Travis MCCABE USA HSD +0
11 Julian ALAPHILIPPE FRA EQS +0
12 Marco CANOLA ITA UHC +0
13 Bryan COQUARD FRA DEN +0
14 Adrien PETIT FRA DEN +3
15 Michael MORKOV DEN KAT +3
16 Logan OWEN USA AHB +3
17 Taylor PHINNEY USA BMC +5
18 Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ ESP BMC +5
19 Brent BOOKWALTER USA BMC +5
20 Tao GEOGHEGAN HART GBR AHB +5
21 John MURPHY USA UHC +5
22 Tom BOONEN BEL EQS +5
23 Lawson CRADDOCK USA CPT +5
24 Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK BEL KAT +5
25 Rohan DENNIS AUS BMC +5
26 Robbie SQUIRE USA HSD +5
27 Angelo TULIK FRA DEN +5
28 Pierrick NAUD CAN RLY +5
29 Janez BRAJKOVIC SLO UHC +5
30 George BENNETT NZL TLJ +5
31 Andrew TALANSKY USA CPT +5
32 Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU ESP TFS +5
33 Ruben GUERREIRO POR AHB +5
34 Timo ROOSEN NED TLJ +5
35 Jasper STUYVEN BEL TFS +5
36 Petr VAKOC CZE EQS +5
37 Mike TEUNISSEN NED TLJ +5
38 Robin CARPENTER USA HSD +5
39 Michael SCHÄR SUI BMC +5
40 Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT ERI DDD +5
41 Ramon SINKELDAM NED TGA +5
42 Nikolas MAES BEL EQS +13
43 Jacopo GUARNIERI ITA KAT +17
44 Zdenek STYBAR CZE EQS +21
45 Robert WAGNER GER TLJ +25
46 Koen DE KORT NED TGA +31
47 Maarten WYNANTS BEL TLJ +35
48 Javier MEGIAS LEAL ESP TNN +35
49 Adam BLYTHE GBR TNK +35
50 Charles PLANET FRA TNN +40
51 Jhonatan RESTREPO COL KAT +44
52 Christopher JONES USA UHC +44
53 GREGORY DANIEL USA AHB +49
54 Danny PATE USA RLY +49
55 Neilson POWLESS USA AHB +49
56 Michael SHEEHAN USA JBC +49
57 Laurens TEN DAM NED TGA +49
58 Rob BRITTON CAN RLY +49
59 Julien BERNARD FRA TFS +49
60 Alexey VERMEULEN USA TLJ +49
61 Daniel PATTEN GBR WGN +49
62 Benjamin KING USA CPT +55
63 Alan MARANGONI ITA CPT +55
64 Antoine DUCHESNE CAN DEN +57
65 Oscar CLARK USA HSD +1:00
66 Tanner PUTT USA UHC +1:00
67 Tiago MACHADO POR KAT +1:00
68 Krists NEILANDS LAT AHB +1:04
69 Jonathan CLARKE AUS UHC +1:04
70 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO DIEZ COL UHC +1:12
71 John HORNBECK USA HSD +1:12
72 Roy CURVERS NED TGA +1:17
73 Jake Kelly GBR WGN +1:17
74 Marco HALLER AUT KAT +1:17
75 Andrew FENN GBR SKY +1:23
76 Martin VELITS SVK EQS +1:28
77 Brian NAULEAU FRA DEN +1:28
78 Christopher LATHAM GBR WGN +1:28
79 Andrea PERON ITA TNN +1:28
80 Kiel REIJNEN USA TFS +1:28
81 Vladimir ISAYCHEV RUS KAT +1:28
82 Andrei KRASILNIKAU BLR HSD +1:28
83 Nikolay TRUSOV RUS TNK +1:28
84 Andzs FLAKSIS LAT HSD +1:28
85 Jacob RATHE USA JBC +1:28
86 Greg VAN AVERMAET BEL BMC +1:28
87 Mark RENSHAW AUS DDD +1:36
88 Taylor SHELDON USA JBC +1:36
89 Juraj SAGAN SVK TNK +1:39
90 Erik BASKA SVK TNK +1:39
91 Søren Kragh ANDERSEN DEN TGA +1:44
92 Caleb FAIRLY USA TGA +1:44
93 William BARTA USA AHB +1:46
94 Dennis VAN WINDEN NED TLJ +1:51
95 Daniel EATON USA UHC +1:54
96 Gianni MOSCON ITA SKY +1:58
97 Toms SKUJINS LAT CPT +2:14
98 Chris PUTT USA JBC +2:16
99 Matt BRAMMEIER IRL DDD +2:18
100 Tyler FARRAR USA DDD +2:18
101 Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE ESP SKY +2:18
102 Vasil KIRYIENKA BLR SKY +2:18
103 Michael THOMPSON GBR WGN +2:18
104 Geoffrey CURRAN USA AHB +2:25
105 Maxime BOUET FRA EQS +2:32
106 Emerson ORONTE USA RLY +2:34
107 Michal KOLÁR SVK TNK +2:40
108 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG RSA DDD +2:43
109 Owain DOULL GBR WGN +3:01
110 Bradley WIGGINS GBR WGN +3:01
111 Andrew TENNANT GBR WGN +3:03
112 Bernhard EISEL AUT DDD +3:03
113 Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO COL TFS +3:03
114 David LOZANO RIBA ESP TNN +3:28
115 Adam DE VOS CAN RLY +3:28
116 Evan HUFFMAN USA RLY +3:28
117 Will ROUTLEY CAN RLY +3:28
118 Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE NOR TGA +3:28
119 Fabrice JEANDESBOZ FRA DEN +3:28
120 Romain SICARD FRA DEN +3:28
121 Ben WOLFE USA JBC +3:28
122 Phillip GAIMON USA CPT +3:50
123 Patrick BEVIN NZL CPT +3:50
124 Danilo WYSS SUI BMC +3:50
125 Christopher WILLIAMS AUS TNN +3:50
126 Martijn VERSCHOOR NED TNN +3:50
127 Michael GOGL AUT TNK +3:50
128 Nathan HAAS AUS DDD +4:53
129 Peter STETINA USA TFS +5:15
130 Oscar GATTO ITA TNK +5:36
131 Joonas HENTTALA FIN TNN +6:17
DNF Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE ESP TFS  
DNF Angus MORTON AUS JBC  

 

 

Final general classification:

Rank Name Nat. Team Result
1 Julian ALAPHILIPPE France EQS 31:47:50
2 Rohan DENNIS Australia BMC +21
3 Brent BOOKWALTER United States BMC +43
4 Andrew TALANSKY United States CPT +52
5 Lawson CRADDOCK United States CPT +1:22
6 Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Spain BMC +1:22
7 George BENNETT New Zealand TLJ +1:50
8 Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK Belgium KAT +1:53
9 Neilson POWLESS United States AHB +1:57
10 Laurens TEN DAM Netherlands TGA +2:13
11 Rob BRITTON Canada RLY +2:46
12 Tao GEOGHEGAN HART Great Britain AHB +3:00
13 Ruben GUERREIRO Portugal AHB +3:22
14 Javier MEGIAS LEAL Spain TNN +3:53
15 Robin CARPENTER United States HSD +5:03
16 Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT Eritrea DDD +5:11
17 Robbie SQUIRE United States HSD +6:05
18 Janez BRAJKOVIC Slovenia UHC +6:46
19 John HORNBECK United States HSD +7:07
20 Peter STETINA United States TFS +7:17
21 Julien BERNARD France TFS +7:35
22 Alexey VERMEULEN United States TLJ +8:22
23 Jhonatan RESTREPO Colombia KAT +9:59
24 Christopher JONES United States UHC +11:10
25 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO DIEZ Colombia UHC +12:12
26 Greg VAN AVERMAET Belgium BMC +12:46
27 Tiago MACHADO Portugal KAT +12:56
28 Travis MCCABE United States HSD +13:26
29 Petr VAKOC Czech Republic EQS +17:42
30 Danny VAN POPPEL Netherlands SKY +18:21
31 Fabrice JEANDESBOZ France DEN +19:05
32 Jasper STUYVEN Belgium TFS +19:39
33 Romain SICARD France DEN +21:36
34 Michael SCHÄR Switzerland BMC +22:01
35 Peter SAGAN Slovakia TNK +22:21
36 Michael GOGL Austria TNK +23:21
37 Mike TEUNISSEN Netherlands TLJ +23:22
38 Taylor SHELDON United States JBC +24:35
39 Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE Argentina EQS +27:17
40 Krists NEILANDS Latvia AHB +27:47
41 Timo ROOSEN Netherlands TLJ +28:42
42 Antoine DUCHESNE Canada DEN +30:19
43 Toms SKUJINS Latvia CPT +30:28
44 Jonathan CLARKE Australia UHC +32:24
45 Maxime BOUET France EQS +33:50
46 John DEGENKOLB Germany TGA +33:52
47 Michael MORKOV Denmark KAT +36:42
48 Sindre SKJOESTAD LUNKE Norway TGA +37:46
49 Danilo WYSS Switzerland BMC +39:55
50 Phillip GAIMON United States CPT +41:41
51 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG South Africa DDD +42:53
52 GREGORY DANIEL United States AHB +43:22
53 Koen DE KORT Netherlands TGA +45:48
54 Alexander KRISTOFF Norway KAT +46:26
55 Angelo TULIK France DEN +47:10
56 Daniel EATON United States UHC +47:32
57 Kiel REIJNEN United States TFS +47:33
58 Geoffrey CURRAN United States AHB +47:57
59 Benjamin KING United States CPT +48:19
60 Bryan COQUARD France DEN +48:54
61 Søren Kragh ANDERSEN Denmark TGA +50:24
62 Gianni MOSCON Italy SKY +51:24
63 Marco CANOLA Italy UHC +51:44
64 Nathan HAAS Australia DDD +52:22
65 Jacob RATHE United States JBC +52:28
66 Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE Spain SKY +52:31
67 Tom BOONEN Belgium EQS +52:42
68 Andzs FLAKSIS Latvia HSD +52:49
69 Emerson ORONTE United States RLY +53:58
70 Juraj SAGAN Slovakia TNK +54:17
71 Taylor PHINNEY United States BMC +57:29
72 Nikolas MAES Belgium EQS +58:28
73 Andrei KRASILNIKAU Belarus HSD +59:27
74 Danny PATE United States RLY +1:00:33
75 Alan MARANGONI Italy CPT +1:00:52
76 Maarten WYNANTS Belgium TLJ +1:01:19
77 Adam DE VOS Canada RLY +1:01:28
78 Joonas HENTTALA Finland TNN +1:02:25
79 Martin VELITS Slovakia EQS +1:04:18
80 Logan OWEN United States AHB +1:04:40
81 Patrick BEVIN New Zealand CPT +1:05:05
82 Zdenek STYBAR Czech Republic EQS +1:06:25
83 Adrien PETIT France DEN +1:07:05
84 Evan HUFFMAN United States RLY +1:07:40
85 Marco HALLER Austria KAT +1:09:22
86 Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU Spain TFS +1:09:37
87 Vasil KIRYIENKA Belarus SKY +1:10:27
88 William BARTA United States AHB +1:10:52
89 Michael SHEEHAN United States JBC +1:13:28
90 Jacopo GUARNIERI Italy KAT +1:13:39
91 David LOZANO RIBA Spain TNN +1:13:44
92 Owain DOULL Great Britain WGN +1:14:12
93 Niccolo BONIFAZIO Italy TFS +1:14:19
94 Caleb FAIRLY United States TGA +1:17:15
95 Brian NAULEAU France DEN +1:17:34
96 Daniel PATTEN Great Britain WGN +1:18:13
97 Tanner PUTT United States UHC +1:18:29
98 Dennis VAN WINDEN Netherlands TLJ +1:19:08
99 Dylan GROENEWEGEN Netherlands TLJ +1:19:22
100 Robert WAGNER Germany TLJ +1:20:31
101 Adam BLYTHE Great Britain TNK +1:20:51
102 Charles PLANET France TNN +1:22:34
103 Ben WOLFE United States JBC +1:22:57
104 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER Luxembourg BMC +1:23:09
105 Ramon SINKELDAM Netherlands TGA +1:23:24
106 Michael THOMPSON Great Britain WGN +1:23:52
107 Roy CURVERS Netherlands TGA +1:24:33
108 Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO Colombia TFS +1:25:43
109 Andrea PERON Italy TNN +1:25:46
110 Pierrick NAUD Canada RLY +1:26:12
111 Will ROUTLEY Canada RLY +1:26:18
112 Andrew TENNANT Great Britain WGN +1:26:51
113 Chris PUTT United States JBC +1:26:51
114 Oscar CLARK United States HSD +1:28:02
115 Nikolay TRUSOV Russia TNK +1:28:05
116 Andrew FENN Great Britain SKY +1:29:50
117 Vladimir ISAYCHEV Russia KAT +1:30:37
118 Mark CAVENDISH Great Britain DDD +1:31:38
119 Jake Kelly Great Britain WGN +1:32:48
120 Mark RENSHAW Australia DDD +1:33:12
121 Bradley WIGGINS Great Britain WGN +1:33:38
122 Tyler FARRAR United States DDD +1:34:00
123 Matt BRAMMEIER Ireland DDD +1:34:28
124 Martijn VERSCHOOR Netherlands TNN +1:34:38
125 John MURPHY United States UHC +1:34:57
126 Oscar GATTO Italy TNK +1:35:43
127 Bernhard EISEL Austria DDD +1:36:40
128 Christopher WILLIAMS Australia TNN +1:38:22
129 Christopher LATHAM Great Britain WGN +1:39:23
130 Michal KOLÁR Slovakia TNK +1:40:26
131 Erik BASKA Slovakia TNK +1:44:56

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