Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win

Supported by This past Friday afternoon, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) climbed his way to fourth on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While perhaps a little off what some expected of the Tasmanian, it was a solid result, and one that saw Porte ride to fifth overall by tour’s end. As Dane Cash reports, 2019 … The post Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team of the Week: Normal Service Is Resumed Edition

Anna van der Breggen

The week in women’s racing Races A WWT stage race in the USA ( Tour of California, WWT 11 ), and an aspirational Spanish one ( Vuelta a Burgos ). Coverage Highlights. With decent amounts of action. (Don’t worry ‘atmosphere in the team parking’ fans, there’s a bit of that too.) Cali . Burgos . Well-intentioned social media of varying degrees of usefulness/ hilarity . (TotW is harsh: it’s not entirely their fault connectivity in the California mountains isn’t up to Luxembourg standards.) Riders Anna van der Breggen [2]: To near universal cheers attacked lone leader Olga Zabelinskaya with 5km to go on stage one of the Tour of California , then soloed home into a stiff headwind for the win. It was no surprise when she (along with Katie Hall) emerged from the no-signal fog towards the top of Mount Baldy the next day. Back to dominance, and rider ...

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Cycling's new generation on show at the Tour of California

Cycling's new generation on show at the Tour of California

Cycling proved a young man’s game at the Tour of California this year with the average age of the top three on general classification a tender 21 – just old enough to legally celebrate with champagne in the US.

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Amgen Women’s Race: Moolman-Pasio third overall after vertebral compression injury

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio wheels her bike away

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) had targeted the Ardennes classics and the mountainous Tour of California Women’s Race – but a crash in the final sprint at Amstel Gold Race forced a change in priorities upon her. “I crashed hard in the sprint for eighth. I launched my sprint and got switched, so I went from full speed to nothing and hit my back hard. I tried not to make much of it because Flèche Wallonne was two days away and that was my goal. It started to materialise that it was more serious than what I wanted to accept, to be honest,” she told Cyclingnews . Flèche Wallonne is always a big goal for Moolman-Pasio , and after a second place in 2018 she was eager to line up and race. She finished seventh. Four days later she had to abandon Liège-Bastogne-Liège and finally went for a check-up of her injury. ...

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Pogačar surprises himself to win Tour of California

Pogačar surprises himself to win Tour of California

Tadej Pogačar bypassed WorldTour initiation to level with and outclass decorated rivals, winning the Tour of California in a welcome good news story for his UAE Emirates team today.

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Bol wins sprint, Pogačar overall after chaotic final stage at Tour of California

Bol wins sprint, Pogačar overall after chaotic final stage at Tour of California

Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) emerged from the middle of the pack to take victory in the final stage of the the Tour of California, with Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) given a number of nervous moments as he managed to defend his lead in the yellow jersey to take the overall win.

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Jubilant Balsamo claims final stage as van der Breggen takes California overall

Jubilant Balsamo claims final stage as van der Breggen takes California overall

Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Cylance) proved the quickest in the bunch finish to the final stage of the women's Tour of California in Pasadena.

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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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Tadej Pogacar: Tour of California was my main goal

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) takes the spoils for having won the overall classification at the

Tadej Pogacar ( UAE Team Emirates ) may not have the grizzled demeanor of a well-seasoned GC rider, but the 20-year-old put away some of the top riders in the world this week on his way to winning the 2019 Tour of California . Pogacar climbed the general classification with fourth place on the high-altitude climbing leg to South Lake Tahoe on stage 2, and then weathered the storms and attacks over the next three days to set himself up for victory with a winning ride on Mt. Baldy ahead of Sergio Higuita (EF Education First), George Bennett (Jumbo Visma) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) on stage 6 on Friday. It has been the culmination of a neo-pro season with UAE Team Emirates that saw Pogacar take both a stage and the overall victory earlier this year at the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal. "This race was my main goal this ...

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Asgreen sees future in stage racing after success at Tour of California

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Kasper Asgreen – in the green points jersey – leads the breakaway on stage 7

Kasper Asgreen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) may not have won the overall title at the Tour of California , but he was pleased at have walked away with a stage victory, the green points jersey and third overall. The versatile rider from Denmark stood on the final podium behind winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) in Pasadena on Saturday after what he called an unexpected week of racing in the US. "It's amazing to have the green jersey," Asgreen said in the post-race press conference at the Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday. "This week has been way more than I expected, and so I'm really happy with what I was able to do here." The race – which has traditionally attracted the peloton's fastest sprinters – was one of the toughest editions in its 14-year history. The route covered almost 21,000 metres of elevation gain, ...

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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: Pogacar, van der Breggen clinch overall

Tour of California: Pogacar, van der Breggen clinch overall

Tadej Pogačar and Anna van der Breggen defended their overnight leads to win the Amgen Tour of California Read the full article at Tour of California: Pogacar, van der Breggen clinch overall on VeloNews.com .

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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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Tour of California Women's Race: Van der Breggen seals overall

Race leader Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) in full flight on stage 3 of the 2019 Tour of Calif

Elisa Balsamo ( Valcar-Cylance Cycling ) won the final stage of the Women's Tour of California , outsprinting Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women's Team) and Leigh Ann Ganzar (Hagens Berman-Supermint) in Pasadena on Saturday. With a bunch sprint to finish the race, yellow jersey Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) secured the overall victory – her third of the season. "I have no words," said Balsamo after the stage. "This is my first WorldTour win and I'm so happy. I have to thank my teammates. I'm very happy. "Yesterday was very hard, but we knew that today would be easier. It wasn't that easy, but I could stay with the first group on the climb and my team did a great job." How it happened Stage 3 took the peloton from Santa Clarita to Pasadena, covering 126 kilometres through the mountainous Angeles National Forest and finishing with three laps of a ...

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Put Your Socks On with Bobby Julich, episode 6

Put Your Socks On with Bobby Julich, episode 6

Put Your Socks On Episode 6: 2019 Amgen Tour of California, Stage Six Read the full article at Put Your Socks On with Bobby Julich, episode 6 on VeloNews.com .

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Porte back in the game despite shifty business

Porte back in the game despite shifty business

Richie Porte has recovered from initial disappointment at the Tour of California today, where a mechanical interrupted his strong shot at taming the decisive Mt Baldy, to confirm he is back.

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'Happy' Dennis grinds way up GC in California

'Happy' Dennis grinds way up GC in California

Rohan Dennis cracked a smile following Stage 6 of the Tour of California, his face swollen from physical effort as he came to a stop in low, cold cloud past the summit finish line.

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No excuses for Van Garderen as he falls out of yellow

No excuses for Van Garderen as he falls out of yellow

Tejay van Garderen was left disappointed but not down and out after he lost the yellow jersey at the Tour of California today, unable to conquer one of the state’s most notorious ascents.

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Hall and van der Breggen go 1-2 on Mt Baldy

Hall and van der Breggen go 1-2 on Mt Baldy

It was another dominant performance from Boels-Dolmans as they took an seemingly unbreakable grip on the Tour of California with a 1-2 finish for Katie Hall and Anna van der Breggen atop the infamous climb of Mt Baldy.

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Van der Breggen on Hall's California stage win: It wasn't a difficult choice

Katie Hall leads Boels Dolmans teammate and race leader Anna van der Breggen on the way to the finis

With the winners of both the 2017 and 2018 editions in their ranks, Boels Dolmans had two of the big favourites for the 2019 Tour of California Women's Race in its line-up. Anna van der Breggen and Katie Hall more than lived up to expectations, taking a one-two at the Mount Baldy summit finish to stage 2 of the Tour of California Women's Race on Friday. Van der Breggen had soloed to victory on Thursday's stage 1, in great part due to Hall's earlier work. In turn, Van der Breggen was happy to yield to Hall on stage 2 after the two had ridden the rest of the peloton off their wheels. The stage victory carried special significance for Hall: "As a California resident, it's a special race for me, and I've won a stage in four of the last five years. It's my home race and always has good, ...

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