World Champion Peter Sagan Rides to 15TH Career Stage Win at 2016 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
Photos by Danny Heilprin
World Champion Peter Sagan (SVK) of Tinkoff has claimed his 15th all-time Amgen Tour of California stage win after a long and hilly ride northward on one of the most scenic and iconic stretches of California roadway, Highway 1, through Monterey County.
“It was hard, but good,” said Sagan, when asked about today’s stage. “I’m very happy for my other teammates, and I’m very happy to have won.”
Best of Women’s Cycling – Including Eight Team USA Olympic Hopefuls – Will Compete in the Four-Day Stage Race Beginning Thursday in South Lake Tahoe
AEG announced rosters for the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease™ Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM, which was selected as the first of only two U.S. events on the first-ever UCI Women’s WorldTour. One of the largest platforms in the world for women’s cycling, the race roster includes six of the top-10 UCI ranked cyclists, including top-ranked Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5), who also took home the 2008 Olympic road race silver medal.
Powless Blazes Trail Up Gibraltar Road - Youngest Rider of the Race Turns Heads With a Solo Attack
Tuesday saw the first battle for the general classification at the Amgen Tour of California. Etixx-Quick-step rider, Julian Alaphilippe crossed the line for the win after an explosive attack leaving Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) and George Bennitt (Lotto NL-Jumbo) in his wake to round out the podium. Alaphilippe now leads the GC after Ben King (Team Cannondale) lost significant time.
At 19-years of age, Neilson Powless of Axeon Hagens Berman, showed no intimidation attacking the big names of the race entering the decisive climb of the Queen Stage up Gibraltar Road. He held a solo gap of up to 30 seconds for just over 3 kilometers before he was caught in the final kilometers.
Canadian Into Ninth Place as Team Defends Evan Huffman’s KOM Lead
Rally Cycling continued its aggressive riding today during stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California. As a result, Rob Britton moved into ninth place overall and Evan Huffman maintained his lead in the King of the Mountains competition. As in the first three stages, Rally Cycling infiltrated the day’s breakaway. Today it was Will Routley’s turn to spend the day in front of the peloton. Routley, winner of stage four and the King of the Mountains in the 2014 edition, had two objectives for the day. The first was to win the stage, and the second was to take maximum KOM points to defend the lead of teammate Evan Huffman.