Amgen Tour of California #5: Lake Tahoe takes its toll

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More than 4.000hm were on the menu today when the peloton rode out from Lodi to Lake Tahoe to take on stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California. The race began fast and after only 20 kilometers a group of 18 riders rode clear. Among them were Jacques Janse van Rensburg (pictured above) and later stage winner Toms Skujins (Cannondale).

The group quickly built up a lead of more than five minutes, which only came down when the riders started to tackle the 2.615m high Carson Pass. With around 50 kilometers left to race BMC and Giant-Alpecin started to increase the pace in the peloton. The gap came down steadily over the next couple of kilometers.

Janse van Rensburg did still look good at the front of the break. However, when Skujins attacked for the second time inside only a few kilometers he had no answer. Only Adam de Voss (Rally Cycling) and Xabier Zandio (Sky) were able to follow. The trio managed to stay out front and on the finishing straight it was the Latvian who had the best legs left. De Voss crossed the line 2nd, Zandio 3rd.

Janse van Rensburg was reeled in by the peloton. Daniel Teklehaimanot was the team’s best placed finisher today, a minute down on the race winner. He sits now 20th overall.

Rolf Aldag – Sports Director

Today’s stage was a hard one. We wanted to get into the break and managed that with Jacques. However, he didn’t have the legs in the end to stay with the trio that went off the road and eventually managed to stay away.

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