The opening stage of the Amgen Tour of California would see the expected bunch sprint with race favourite, Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quickstep) taking the victory. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) was 2nd and Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing) 3rd. At just over 200km in length but with a pan flat profile, it was almost certain that the finish would be decided by a mass sprint. The 4 riders that broke away early on knew their efforts would only result in some T.V time and the chance to race for a few sprint primes. Etixx-Quickstep, Tinkoff-Saxo and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were in control of proceedings all stage as they all.