Tour of California #3: TJ takes 8th

The iconic Laguna Seca Raceway played the perfect backdrop to stage three of the Amgen Tour of California. The route was the longest of the race, 197km, from King City to the Raceway.

Toms Skujiņš (Trek-Segafredo) barreled quickest down the famous Corkscrew bend to take line honours after the short, sharp climb into the famous circuit.

He finished ahead of Sean Bennett (Hagens Berman Axeon) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott), who won the bunch sprint for third spot.

Tom-Jelte Slagter was part of this group taking eighth place after a strong ride from the Dutchman, who played a support role to Lachlan Morton the previous day up Gibraltar Road.

Wednesday’s stage is a 34.7km individual time trial in San Jose/Morgan Hill.

Tom-Jelte Slagter – Rider

Before we entered the circuit it was really hard, some really hard climbs, and there was good pace in the peloton that made it tough for everyone.

Some guys got away just before the circuit and from there the organisation within the peloton was gone and it was a bit messy. I managed to start the circuit in the front 15 places so in the end I could sprint for third place. There were a few guys faster but I’m pretty satisfied.