The Amgen Tour of California kept the best for last as a thrilling final stage saw Peter Sagan win the necessary bonus seconds to win the race overall. Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quickstep) won the final stage with Wouter Wippert (Drapac) 2nd and Sagan in the all-important 3rd place. It was our very own Tyler Farrar who would push Sagan all the way to the line as the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung sprinter came from a good few places back to lunge for the line at high speed. It would go to the photo to eventually determine the final podium place. With only 2 seconds separating the top.
The final stage of the Bayern Rundfahrt saw John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) sprint to victory ahead of Rudiger Selig (Katusha) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon). Alex Dowsett (Movistar) held on to his 2″ lead to win the race overall. Louis Meintjes would get into the 6 rider break of the day for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung today and initially Louis would make a challenge for the KOM competition but Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty Groupe Gobert) had the same idea. The Belgians kick would be the difference as he pipped Louis to maximum points on each occasion. Meanwhile the peloton were chasing behind at around 3 minutes for the majority.
From the rainy 5th stage of the Amgen Tour of California to the 6th stage which consisted of the race against the clock, the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were going full gas all the way. See these great images courtesy of Stiehl Photography from the 2 exciting stages..
The Queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California would prove to be the perfect spectacle as the action seemed to be never ending. The day’s victor would be Julien Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep) with the Team Sky duo of Sergio Henao and Ian Bowell in 2nd and 3rd to cross the line at the top of Mt. Baldy. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung would be the instigators of the early action as Johann van Zyl was one of the 7 riders to jump away from the peloton early on in the stage. Johann would be the real aggressor of the group though, attacking on the penultimate climb of.