Amgen Tour of California
Stage 1: Sacramento - Sacramento - Stage Details

The sprinters had earmarked the opening stage of the Amgen Tour of California, and they delivered in Sacramento, with Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma- Quick-Step) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) treating fans to a photo finish. The Manx Missile was declared the victor and pulled on the first race leader’s jersey. Matt Goss opened his account with an eighth place finish. 

he first stage began and ended in California’s capitol city. The day’s break formed early with Matt Cooke (Jamis-Sutter Homes), Charles Planet (Team Nov Nordisk), Eric Young (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies), Teo Geoghegan Hart (Bissell Development) and Thomas Leezer (Belkin) going clear. The quintet soon had five minutes in hand, which was Omega Pharma – Quick-Step’s cue to take up the chase.

With 50 kilometre remaining, the early escape was back in the bunch, and Team Sky was on the front forcing a split in the crosswinds. Their efforts caused the formation of an elite group of 15 riders. Goss had made the selection.

The leaders were never able to extend the gap beyond the minute mark, and the race eventually came back together. A handful of riders countered the catch with Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare), Jacob Rathe (Jelly Belly) and Greg Daniel (Bissell Development) eventually going clear. The trio led the peloton onto the finish circuit for two laps around downtown Sacramento.

The bunch swept up Reijnen, the last man standing, inside the final lap as the sprint trains stood by on the ready. Cannondale, Giant Shimano and Omega Pharma – Quick-Step all vied for position with the finish line looming. To the delight of the crowds, the sprint was so fast and so competitive it proved too close to call on the line.

“The sprint was obviously very hectic. The bunch was really nervous today. The guys tried to do something for Gossy, but it didn’t work out. The goal today was to keep things together for the finish. There are a lot of really strong sprint teams here, and there are not a lot of chances for the sprinters. We were confident it was going to be a bunch sprint, so we put all our eggs in Gossy’s basket. We want to give him the chances whenever we can.” - Sport Director Matt Wilson

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 4:44:17
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) - Team Giant-Shimano ST
3 Moreno Hofland (Ned) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team ST
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) - Cannondale ST
5 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) - Trek Factory Racing ST
6 Guillaume Boivin (Can) - Cannondale ST
7 Eric Young (USA) - Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies ST
8 Matthew Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
9 Taylor Phinney (USA) - BMC Racing Team ST
10 John Murphy (USA) - UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
8 Matthew Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
32 Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
34 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE
36 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
40 Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
93 Damien Howson (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
112 Leigh Howard (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:18
120 Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:47