Bernal climbs WorldTour rankings as Peter Sagan remains in control

The final podium for the 2018 Tour of California: winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) with BMC's Tejay van

Egan Bernal (Team Sky) has soared up the WorldTour rankings after claiming overall victory at the Tour of California last week. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) failed to win a stage in California, for the first time in his career, but maintained a healthy lead in the standings with his closest rivals not racing at present. The top six remain the same, but Bernal enjoyed an 18-place jump up the standings into seventh place thanks to his win over home favourite Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) in California. Despite Van Garderen taking the race lead in the stage 4 time trial, Bernal beat the American rider by 1:25 thanks to a triumphant solo victory at South Lake Tahoe. The Tour of California is Bernal’s first overall WorldTour win and adds to the neo-pro’s time trial success at the Tour de Romandie last month, where he finished second overall. He also took a ...

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13! Week 13’s Team!

Races of the week: Giro d’Italia, stages 10-15 Tour of California, stages 2-7 & finish Tour of Norway Tour de l’Ain Team of the week: First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1. Simon Lefty Yates (3). GC leader & KOM leader of the Giro. One is tempted to make Yates the only rider listed this week, he was that dominant. Took the win at Osimo showing explosiveness that no one could match, took Froome’s heaviest blow and was catching back up on the Zoncolan when the finish line stopped his climb (and where the idea that he is just a puncher was buried), then punched the rest of the GC contenders in the teeth with his win at Sappada. ...

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McNulty soars to seventh overall at his first Tour of California

Brandon McNulty gave it a red hot go

Brandon McNulty ( Rally Cycling ) made the most of his first opportunity to compete in America's only WorldTour race last week at the Amgen Tour of California , coming in fourth on the Queen stage to South Lake Tahoe and finishing seventh overall when the race concluded Saturday in Sacramento. McNulty established his place among the best in the race with his 12th place finish during the second stage to the summit of Gibraltar Road outside of Santa Barbara. He followed it the next day with 13th place in the reduced bunch sprint behind solo stage winner Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo). His luck turned south when he punctured during the stage 4 time trial while on a pace that could have put him in the top 10, eventually finishing 24th on the stage but moving up to seventh overall, the spot he'd hold all the way to the race's end. ...

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Sierra scores Astana’s first WorldTour win of the season

Sierra scores Astana’s first WorldTour win of the season

Astana’s Arlenis Sierra stage 3 win at the women's Tour of California was the fist WorldTour win for herself and her Astana team in 2018. Read the full article at Sierra scores Astana’s first WorldTour win of the season on VeloNews.com .

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Sprint kings vie for the crown in California

Sprint kings vie for the crown in California

Fernando Gaviria took a clean sweep of sprint stages at the Amgen Tour of California, claiming a photo finish victory in what was desperate showdown in downtown Sacramento today.

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Hall calls for more womens coverage in push for cycling equality

Hall calls for more womens coverage in push for cycling equality

Katie Hall has called for a week-long Women’s Tour of California after organisers took a step toward parity and awarded equal prize money at a shortened race this year.

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Sierra claims final stage as Hall takes overall in California

Sierra claims final stage as Hall takes overall in California

A fast final stage to the Womens Tour of California saw Arlenis Sierra (Astana) take the win in a bunch sprint as Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) stayed safe in the peloton to collect the overall Tour win.

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Frantic final sprint sees Gaviria steal third victory

Frantic final sprint sees Gaviria steal third victory

A see-sawing final sprint saw Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) just claim his third sprint victory of the Tour of California by mere centimetres over Max Wahlscheid (Team Sunweb) with Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) in third.

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Van Garderen: We can be proud of stage win and podium in California

Van Garderen: We can be proud of stage win and podium in California

Tejay van Garderen finishes second overall in California and now shifts his attention to the Tour de France, with a Vuelta a España start Read the full article at Van Garderen: We can be proud of stage win and podium in California on VeloNews.com .

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CyclingTips Podcast: Team doc duties, Tim Johnson analysis, and Lachlan Morton’s introspection

In this episode, Caley Fretz catches up with former pro Tim Johnson to break down the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California and analyze the top sprinters ahead of the Tour de France. Plus, a chat with Rally doctor Kelby Bethards about what it takes to keep his team moving and thoughts on … The post CyclingTips Podcast: Team doc duties, Tim Johnson analysis, and Lachlan Morton’s introspection appeared first on CyclingTips .

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California stage 7: Gaviria takes final stage; Bernal wins overall

California stage 7: Gaviria takes final stage; Bernal wins overall

Fernando Gaviria beat Caleb Ewan and Max Walscheid to win stage 7 of the 2018 Amgen Tour of California on Saturday in Sacramento. Read the full article at California stage 7: Gaviria takes final stage; Bernal wins overall on VeloNews.com .

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Bernal seals Tour of California victory

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) gets the stage win - just! - from Sunweb's Max Walscheid

Fernando Gaviria ( Quick-Step Floors ) made it three sprint stages for three as he powered to victory in Sacramento on the final stage 7 of the Tour of California , topping Sunweb's Max Walscheid and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott). Egan Bernal (Team Sky) cruised in to claim the overall victory of the Tour of California after being ushered through the sunny streets of Sacramento expertly by his teammates. The Colombian added to his neo-pro season success that also included second place in the Tour de Romandie, the win in the first edition of the Colombia Oro y Paz, the best young rider's jersey in the Tour Down Under and in Romandie, and two stage wins in California. The pan-flat stage was tailor-made for the sprinters, and although a determined breakaway lasted to the end of the penultimate local lap, the fast men chased it down to battle to take the ...

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Women’s Tour of California Stage 3: Sierra wins final stage; Hall takes overall

Women’s Tour of California Stage 3: Sierra wins final stage; Hall takes overall

Arlenis Sierra of Astana beat Alexis Ryan and Emma White to win the final stage of the 2018 women's Tour of California. Katie Hall won the Read the full article at Women’s Tour of California Stage 3: Sierra wins final stage; Hall takes overall on VeloNews.com .

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VN podcast, ep. 94: GC showdowns from Tahoe to Zoncolan

VN podcast, ep. 94: GC showdowns from Tahoe to Zoncolan

The Tour of California GC stars go head to head on the road toe Lake Tahoe as the Giro arrives at Monte Zoncolan. Hear from Egan Bernal, Read the full article at VN podcast, ep. 94: GC showdowns from Tahoe to Zoncolan on VeloNews.com .

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Daniel Martínez flashes well-rounded potential in California

Daniel Martínez flashes well-rounded potential in California

Daniel Martínez is sitting third overall at the Tour of California after showing his potential as a climber — and in the TT too. Read the full article at Daniel Martínez flashes well-rounded potential in California on VeloNews.com .

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Van Garderen concedes that Bernal is the better rider in California

Tejay van Garderen (BMC)

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) lost his overall lead on stage 6 of the Tour of California on Friday after Team Sky's Egan Bernal put the hammer down on the penultimate climb and rode away from the 29-year-old American. Quite understandably loathe to talk to reporters at the finish line in South Lake Tahoe, van Garderen later said on BMC Racing's website that he was happy that his team had done everything to keep him in a race-winning position. "It was a hard day, and BMC rode brilliantly," van Garderen said. "I was isolated on the final climb where Bernal made his move, and I fought as hard as I could. On days like this, the only thing you can do is tip your hat to your competitor. He is a young talent with a bright future, and I was simply overmatched. "I'm happy with my form," he continued, "and I ...

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"We couldn't match them" - BMC outgunned by Sky in California

"We couldn't match them" - BMC outgunned by Sky in California

Tejay van Garderen avoided press at the Amgen Tour of California after he lost the race lead on the penultimate stage, unable to follow an attack from Sky’s Egan Bernal that made the rest “look silly”, according to BMC Racing sports director Jackson Stewart.

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Bold Bernal takes stage and race lead in California

Bold Bernal takes stage and race lead in California

Egan Bernal (Team Sky) proved those talking up his talent correct, taking the stage win and race lead with an audacious attack on the penultimate climb of Stage 6 of the Tour of California.

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Hall reigns supreme in California queen stage

Hall reigns supreme in California queen stage

Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) proved to again be the strongest on the queen stage of the womens Tour of California, taking her second win in as many years on the steep finish to South Lake Tahoe.

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Tour of California 2018: Stage 6 highlights – Video

Egan Bernal (Team Sky) wins stage 6 of the 2018 Tour of California in South Lake Tahoe

It was a day for the climbers in both the Amgen Women's Race and the men's Tour of California on Friday, with Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) and Team Sky's Egan Bernal taking solo stage wins in their respective races, which both finished in South Lake Tahoe. While Hall relieved overnight leader Kendall Ryan (Team Tibco) of her yellow leader's jersey , Bernal attacked on the penultimate climb of the day to put Tejay van Garderen (BMC) in trouble. The Colombian gained 1:38 on the race leader, which, with the 10-second bonus for the stage win, now puts Bernal 1:25 ahead of the American, and in a surely unassailable position to win the race when it ends in Sacramento on Saturday . Short of accident, illness or mechanical problem, the 21-year-old Colombian will win his first WorldTour stage race – and all indications are that it will be the first of many. ...

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