The 20.3 kilometer long time trial stage 6 of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California offered a relatively flat profile, but saw strong winds being a main factor. Rohan Dennis dealed best with the conditions to take home the win. He completed the course in 24.16 min. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Daniel Teklehaimanot (pictured above) finished 1.48 min down on the Australian to move up to 18th overall.
With a tough day of climbing ahead the time trial was a welcome to most of the riders who rolled to the start today. However, for some it meant all or nothing. Ben Wolfe (Jelly Belly) was the first rider who set a time that others were fighting to beat. One of the few who managed to do so was the reigning time trial World Champion Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky). Teylor Phinney (BMC) was the next to move into the hot seat. His time was only to be beaten by Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) and Dennis.
Our African team had a rather quiet day, having only one real time trial specialist in our line-up for California. The Eritrean champion in this discipline put in a solid ride to better his position in the GC, which is led by Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep). Tomorrow’s queen stage offers plenty of climbing and the chance to move up even further.
Daniel Teklehaimanot – Rider
It was really windy today, so it was a tough, even though the course was not too difficult. I went full gas and was able to move up in the overall. I’m happy to see that my form is coming. Tomorrow is another stage, so we’ll see.