Bol powers to victory on final stage of Tour of California – Video

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) extended his race lead

Tadej Pogacar ( UAE Team Emirates ) sewed up the overall victory at the 2019 Tour of California on Saturday, getting through the final stage from Santa Clarita to Pasadena unscathed, having taken the race lead the previous day on Mount Baldy. Stage 7 was won by Team Sunweb's Cees Bol , who outsprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Pogacar's UAE Team Emirates teammate Jasper Philipsen, topping off a tough week of racing that saw Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish retire from the race on the final stage. Twenty-year-old Pogacar's overall win by 16 seconds over EF Education First's Sergio Higuita – with Deceuninck-QuickStep's Kasper Asgreen only a single second further back in third – was never truly in doubt, although Bora-Hansgrohe's Max Schachmann, who started the day 11th overall, 1:28 down on Pogacar, featured in the day's early breakaway, and at one point held the virtual race lead, and was later ...

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Seven riders dreaming the WorldTour dream, wrapped in stars and stripes

Supported by SANTA CLARITA, CA (CT) — When the Amgen Tour of California went WorldTour and cut the pile of third-tier Continental teams out of its invite list, it also cut off an important venue for young talent to prove itself. This year, the dreamers are back. The Tour of California no longer has a place for … The post Seven riders dreaming the WorldTour dream, wrapped in stars and stripes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of California: Bol wins final stage in Pasadena ahead of Sagan

Team Sunweb's Cees Bol sprints to victory on the final stage of the 2019 Tour of California in Pasad

Cees Bol ( Team Sunweb ) sprinted to victory on the final stage of the Tour of California in Pasadena on Saturday. The Dutchman beat three-time road race world champion Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) and Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) to the line after an unexpectedly active day that saw big names going on the attack mid-stage. Tadej Pogačar ( UAE Team Emirates ) finished safely in the peloton to claim his first WorldTour stage-race victory ahead of Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) and Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep). "This race was my main goal this year," said the Slovenian in the post-race press conference. "I knew that I was well prepared, but I surprised myself a bit that I took the overall win. I'm really happy and looking forward to returning next year." Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who's been active all week, was nevertheless a surprise face in the break of ...

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Garcia Cortina breaks Deceuninck-QuickStep's stage-winning streak in California – Video

 Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida)

After the chaos and controversey that surrounded stage 4 of the 2019 Tour of California , some sense of normality returned on stage 5 of the race on Thursday when Bahrain-Merida 's Iván García Cortina sprinted to his first professional win, beating Deceuninck-QuickStep's Max Richeze and EF Education First's Sergio Higuita in a reduced-group sprint. On what was another hilly day en route from Pismo Beach to Ventura, a 12-man breakaway, which included green points jersey-holder Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), animated proceedings, and wasn't caught until 8km of the stage to go. Just before the catch, Deceuninck-QuickStep's Tim Decelercq went it alone, hoping to add to his team's three-in-a-row stage victories at this year's race. However, it was all over for the Belgian when the race split apart on the final, unclassified climb, which came with five kilometres to go. García Cortina emerged to break Deceuninck-QuickStep's stranglehold on stage victories, although ...

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Tour of California: Garcia Cortina wins stage 5

Bahrain-Merida's Ivan Garcia wins stage 5 of the 2019 Tour of California

Iván García Cortina ( Bahrain-Merida ) sprinted to victory on stage 5 of the Tour of California in Ventura on Thursday, triumphing from a small group after the peloton splintered on an unclassified climb close to the finish. Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-QuickStep) took second place after leading out the sprint, while Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) finished third – his best result since joining the US squad at the start of the month. Higuita's teammate, Tejay van Garderen , retains the race lead. In a stark contrast to stage 4, the peloton flew along faster than the fastest predicted time schedule, coming within a few kilometres of catching the women's race at one point. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) surprisingly infiltrated the breakaway on what was supposed to be a sprint stage. The leaders were caught in the final 10km, however, before all hell broke loose on a rise leading to the final ...

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Peter Sagan content with having taken green jersey at Tour of California

Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan is happy to have taken the green jersey after stage 4 of the 2019 Tour

Bora-Hansgrohe 's Peter Sagan is still looking for his second stage win at this year's Tour of California , but took back the race's green points jersey after finishing third behind Deceuninck-QuickStep's Fabio Jakobsen and Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) on stage 4 to Morro Bay on Wednesday. Sagan won the opening stage of the race in Sacramento on Sunday, taking the race's first yellow leader's jersey, as well as the points jersey, before losing both on stage 2 to South Lake Tahoe the next day. It took the three-time road-race world champion's stage-win tally at the Tour of California to a record 17. Wednesday's fourth stage was Sagan's next opportunity to win, but he was outmuscled in the bunch sprint by Jakobsen, who came off Sagan's wheel for the win, with Philipsen – who was first to open up and make a bid for victory – holding on to ...

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Tour of California: Jakobsen wins stage 4 as van Garderen crashes

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 4 of the 2019 Tour of California

Fabio Jakobsen won Deceuninck-QuickStep 's third stage in a row at the Amgen Tour of California , winning stage 4 in Morro Bay on Wednesday. He beat Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a close sprint finish. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) took fourth. Overnight leader Tejay van Garderen (EF-Education First) retained his lead following a chaotic finale after a crash and a string of other incidents. The American still has a buffer of six seconds over Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos), with Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) a further second back in third. Asgreen was initially given the overall lead, but race judges deliberated for over an hour before deciding that van Garderen had been held up by a crash just outside the final 3km of the stage – which Moscon was also involved in. Under UCI rules, riders caught up in crashes inside the final 3km are given the ...

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Peter Sagan finding Tour de France legs in California

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the leader's jersey after winning the opening stage of the 2019 To

Peter Sagan 's struggle with an early-season illness that led to sub-par performances in the spring Classics could be turning around at the Tour of California . The former triple road race world champion is preparing to win a seventh green jersey at this year's Tour de France . Bora-Hansgrohe director Jan Valach says the team back Sagan entirely, and believe that his stage victory in Sacramento on Sunday was exactly the morale-boost that both he and the team needed. "Yes, we're very happy with that win because it was important for Peter and for Bora-Hansgrohe," Valach told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 2, a 214.5km mountain stage to South Lake Tahoe, on Monday. "I'm also happy for him that he has come back with this victory, and that he can continue on like this into the season. In the spring, he was sick, and then he found it ...

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Tour of California: Asgreen wins stage 2 as van Garderen takes race lead

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Kasper Asgreen wins stage 2 of the 2019 Tour of California

Kasper Asgreen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) claimed stage 2 of the Tour of California after beating Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) to the line in the first mountain stage of this year's race. The young Danish rider was an attacking presence throughout the second half of the stage and made it into the winning break that included van Garderen, Moscon and several overall contenders. It was van Garderen who attacked on the final climb from a reduced group with 1.6km to go but he was marked by Asgreen, Moscon and UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogačar. With the line in sight, Asgreen kicked for home and his acceleration was enough to hold off van Garderen, with Moscon fading to third. The victory marked Asgreen's first individual triumph on the WorldTour stage, while van Garderen's second place was enough to see the former race winner move into ...

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Giro d'Italia: 'If they want trouble, they have it with finishes like this' say Deceuninck

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) not in the best mood after his relegation

Elia Viviani clearly didn't want to say something he might later regret. The Italian champion had spent long minutes in the video commissaire's truck at the finish line in Orbetello, reviewing footage of the closing metres of stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia as though it were the Zapruder film. Now, after trying and failing to overturn the decision to strip him of stage victory, Viviani was of little mind to make his case all over again for the assembled television cameras. Instead, Viviani walked silently to his bike and pedalled slowly towards his Deceuninck-Quick Step bus, parked a mile away on the seafront. Another scrum of reporters was waiting for him when he skidded to a halt there, but the 30-year-old evaded them by dismounting from his bike and climbing up the stairs in one deft motion. It was a manoeuvre of a different kind that saw Viviani relegated ...

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Tour of California 2019: Watch Peter Sagan win stage 1 - Video

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) sported a thick beard at  Bora-Hansgrohe's training camp

The 2019 Tour of California kicked off on Sunday, with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) producing a searing sprint in Sacramento to claim his second victory of the season. The route for this Tour of California is one of the toughest in the race's history but it began with a pan-flat stage that featured three laps of a finishing circuit in downtown Sacramento, making it akin to a criterium race. In an aggressive finale, in which Geroge Bennett (Jumnbo-Visma) nabbed a bonus second at an intermediate sprint, the bunch started to split under the force of the lead-out. Team Ineos took control for Kristoffer Halvorsen but Sagan was on his wheel and surged clear on the right-hand side of the road. He was pushed all the way to the line by the USA's Travis McCabe, with Max Walscheid (Sunweb) taking the final podium position ahead of a fading Havlorsen. For Sagan it ...

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Sagan makes a fast start at the Amgen Tour of California

Sagan makes a fast start at the Amgen Tour of California

Three-time world road champion Peter Sagan got his 2019 season back on track with a sprint victory on Tour of California opener.

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Fast start for Sagan at the Amgen Tour of California

Fast start for Sagan at the Amgen Tour of California

Three-time world road champion Peter Sagan got his 2019 season back on track with a sprint victory on Tour of California opener.

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Peter Sagan adds another stage win to his Tour of California record

'King of California' Peter Sagan greets the crowd in Sacramento

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) added another win to his record number of stage victories at the Tour of California on Sunday, increasing his all-time haul to 17 wins and bolstering his 'King of California' nickname – although it was only his second win of the 2019 season. In the press conference following the race's opening stage, Sagan launched into his familiar refrain after wins, thanking his teammates their hard work and saying he was "very happy" to win. "They kept me at the front, and in the end we stayed with a few riders in the sprint, and I won today," the three-time road race world champion said. "I'm very happy, and also congrats to my teammate Pascal Ackermann. He also won today [Sunday] at the Giro d'Italia, so we've had a double win for the team today, which is very nice." This is obviously not the first time ...

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McCabe just shy of victory at Tour of California

Travis Mccabe talks with reporters after winning stage 3 in Langkawi

Travis McCabe may not have won the opening stage at the Tour of California , but placing second to three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was good enough for the American sprinter. Racing for the USA National Team, McCabe started his final sprint from further back, hitting out in pursuit of Sagan, and finishing second by less than a wheel length in Sacramento. "I felt great," said McCabe, who celebrated his 30th birthday on the WorldTour podium. "I was in a perfect position with one kilometre to go, and I knew that this finish was slightly uphill with a bit of a headwind. I was on the right wheel, following Peter, and was able to open it up. I had the legs, so I'm ecstatic to get second place and represent USA Cycling." McCabe told the press following the race that he hadn't expected to challenge for the final of ...

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Tour of California stage 1: Sagan tops McCabe in Sacramento

Tour of California stage 1: Sagan tops McCabe in Sacramento

Peter Sagan took his 17th stage victory at the Amgen Tour of California, crossing the line just ahead of American Travis McCabe Read the full article at Tour of California stage 1: Sagan tops McCabe in Sacramento on VeloNews.com .

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The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones

The last time George Bennett started the Amgen Tour of California, he won the race. He didn’t win any stages at the 2017 edition, but on the strength of several high placings in the mountains and a strong time trial, the 29-year-old Kiwi took the first (and only) pro victory of his career, ahead of … The post The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of California: Peter Sagan wins stage 1

Peter Sagan at the race start

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) roared back into form with victory on stage 1 of the Tour of California in Sacramento. The three-time world champion had not won since the Tour Down Under in January, and was off the boil during the spring Classics before taking a break and preparing for this race. His sprint on stage 1 was near faultless, especially given the lack of teammates he had around him in the final before the Bora team leader beat Travis McCabe (USA National Team) and Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) to the line. The win marked Sagan's 17th stage victory at the Tour of Califiornia, and rewarded him with the leader's jersey ahead of stage 2. Sagan used his bike-handling skills in a tense but wide-open sprint, first latching onto his rivals' sprint trains, and ensuring that he made the cut after the bunch had split just after the final ...

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Ackermann quickly proves he deserved Bora's Giro d’Italia sprint spot

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) celebrates as he crosses the line

Pascal Ackermann quickly showed that Bora-Hansgrohe made the right decision to give him their sprinter spot for the Giro d’Italia ahead of Ireland’s Sam Bennett, winning the first mass finish in Fucecchio with impressive show of speed and confidence. Bennett won three stages in last year’s Giro d’Italia and with Peter Sagan leading the team at the Tour de France he was hoping to return again in 2019. However, the Bora-Hansgrohe management made it clear that 25-year-old Ackermann would get the spot, with his German national champion’s jersey apparently a key factor for the German team. "It wasn’t easy for the team to decide who should go to the Giro d’Italia but I think they went for me because I’m younger and did some good performances last year," Ackermann said, clearly ecstatic to have won the first Giro d’Italia sprint on his Grand Tour debut. "I wanted to ride a ...

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