Ewan third on the final stage and Yates seals fourth overall in CaliforniaSat 19 May 2018
A successful week for Mitchelton-SCOTT at the Amgen Tour of California drew to a close in downtown Sacramento today with Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan third on the day and Adam Yates fourth on the general classification.
Flat, but windy the short final stage was destined to only ever end in one way and that was the bunch sprint. Once the early breakaway quartet had been caught with less than ten kilometres remaining the race came to life.
Once again it was Ewan against Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step-Floors) and the two fast men went toe to toe with the Colombian just coming out on top by a wheel length to take the stage and the green points jersey.
A week on the west coast:
A tough week began in Long Beach with Ewan sprinting to second place on the beachfront circuits of the opening stage before Yates climbed into contention atop Gibraltar Road with third on stage two.
The consistency continued as Ewan took an unlikely third on the Laguna Seca Raceway after making it over the steep final climbs just behind the leading duo and sprinting out of the chasing group for another podium spot.
Former New Zealand national time trial champion Jack Bauer was the standout performer in the individual time trial on stage four, blowing off the cobwebs and storming to seventh place before Ewan racked up another second place in the sprint on stage five.
Yates showed again on stage five that he is well on the way to a full recovery from a fractured pelvis sustained in Catalunya with a strong and expressive performance on the queen stage, unleashing a series of linear attacks to finish in second on the stage and fourth overall.
Adam Yates – 4th GC:
“It’s been a great week here in California not just for me but for the whole team, we came here with the goal of winning a stage and although we didn’t manage it we came close on a few occasions and it bodes well for our future objectives.”
“Personally, I feel like I am recovering well from my injury and it won’t be long until I’m back at 100%. My next objective will be the Dauphine which is a key preparation race for the Tour de France in July."
Sport director Matt Wilson:
“We came here targeting a stage win in the sprints with Caleb and a top ten on the GC with Adam, we may not have got the stage win, but we came close so many times - three second places, three third places and Adam in fourth overall only two seconds off the podium, that is a great week for the team and the guys should be proud of their performances."
"It's a hard race in a great part of the world and what we've achieved here sets us up very well for the big objectives we have coming up, including the Dauphine and the Tour de France. For Adam to perform this well so soon after his injury is really reassuring, in particular for the Tour and along with Caleb we can go away pleased with how this week went."
Tour of California stage seven results:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step-Floors)
2. Max Walscheid (Team-Sunweb) ST
3. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
Tour of California final general classification:
1. Egan Bernal (Team-Sky) 25:34:19
2. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC-Racing-Team) +1:25
3. Daniel Martinez (EF-Drapac-Cannondale) +2:14
4. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +2:16
Photos courtesy of Wil Matthews.