The opening stage of the Bayern Rundfahrt would come down to a bunch kick which Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon) would snap up. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) was 2nd fastest with John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) in 3rd. A lot would go on before the final sprint for the line, particularly for our MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung boys. Louis Meintjes would go on the attack in the opening stages of the 221km stage with 5 other riders. Their break was able to push out a lead of just under 5 minutes while a number of teams were interested in the chase. There were 2 category 1 climbs on route and Louis.
The 3rd stage of the Amgen Tour of California would see the relatively unknown Toms Skujins (Hincapie Development) take an emphatic victory. The 23 year old Latvian would solo to victory after forming part of the days original 7 rider break. It would take just on 40km for the early break of the day to form and the 7 riders that went clear would hit the main obstacle of the day, Mt. Hamilton with a lead of 4’40” over the peloton. Skujins would attack his fellow escapees on the slopes of Mt. Hamilton and set off for the finish alone with still over 50km to.