Bernal leads Amgen Tour of California
16 May 18
Above: The peloton sprints to the finish line of Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California. [Pic: Amgen Tour of California]
EGAN BERNAL leads the Amgen Tour of California after three stages on the back of a riveting charge during stage two on Monday.
The Colombian, who won the white jersey as the best young rider of the Santos Tour Down Under earlier this year, clinched the overall lead and those of all secondary classifications with a strong charge to the top of Gibraltar Road.
The story so far...
Stage 1: Long Beach
The first 134.5km stint saw the peloton visit the City of Long Beach for a 12-lap waterfront circuit.
Quick-Step Floors’ Fernando Gaviria won the bunch sprint, claiming victory over the best of the best, including BORA-hansgrohe’s three time world champion Peter Sagan who took out second place of last year’s opening stage.
The 23-year-old Colombian said he was pleased with his ride, especially after recovering from the hand injury that set him back earlier in the season.
“My legs felt really good during the race,” Gaviria said.
“I’m happy to do a good job for my team, and we’re happy to win the stage.”
It was Gaviria’s 30th career win, and Quick-Steph Floors’ 30th win for the 2018 season - a year that has so far seen the Belgian team dominate the spring classics.
Following Gaviria, Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Caleb Ewan sprinted to the finish line to claim second place, trailled closely by Sagan.
Gaviria also took out the sprint jersey and best young rider.
Stage 2: Santa Barbara
An attack with just two kilometres to go saw Team Sky’s Egan Bernal take the lead of the race on the second stage of the Amgen Tour of California.
The 21-year-old’s Team Sky stablemates Sebastian Gomez and Tao Geoghegan Hart set a ruthless pace for the final climb, paving the way for their lead rider to take out his fourth stage victory for the season – as well as four of the five classifications.
Rafal Majka (BORA-hansgrohe) followed in second, and Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Adam Yates came in third.
Stage 3: King City to Laguna
A gruelling day of 197km and six climbs, meant Stage 3 posed a tough challenge for the pro peloton.
Tom Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) took the stage win to bring full circle a return to the race saw him crash out and suffer concussion last year.
This year, he successfully pulled out of the breakaway to claim his third career win at the race.
Sean Bennett (Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team) and Caleb Ewan followed in second and third places respectively.
Egan Bernal remains in the lead of the race by 25 seconds to Majka and Yates.
Amgen Tour of California classification after Stage 3
General Classification: Egan Bernal, COL (Team Sky)
: Egan Bernal, COL (Team Sky)
Egan Bernal, COL (Team Sky)
Egan Bernal, COL (Team Sky)
General Classification after Stage 3
1. Egan Bernal (Colombia - Team Sky) 12:09:08
2. Rafal Majka (Poland - BORA-hansgrohe) +00:25
3. Adam Yates (UK - Mitchelton-Scott) +00:31
4. Antwan Tolhoek (Netherlands - Team LottoNL-Jumbo) +40
5. Kristijan Đurasek (Croatia - UAE Team Emirates) mt
6. Daniel Martinez (Colombia - Team EF Education First-Drapac pb Cannondale) mt
7. Mathias Frank (Switzerland - AG2R La Mondiale) +00:50
8. Tejay Van Garderen (USA - BMC Racing Team) +1:00
9. Ruben Guerreiro (Portugal - Trek-Segafredo) +01:11
10. Laurens De Plus (Belgium - Quick-Step Floors) +1:14
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