Amgen Tour of California
Stage 3: San Jose - Mount Diablo State Park - Stage Details

On a day when the sun beat down and the temperature hovered near 40 degrees, ORICA-GreenEDGE placed two riders in the top ten on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Adam Yates, recent winner of the Tour of Turkey, was one step off the podium at 11”. Esteban Chaves was a mere three seconds behind Yates at 14” as he crossed the line in eighth. Rohan Dennis (Garmin Sharp) won the stage in an uphill sprint to the line ahead of Tiago Machado (NetApp-Endura) and Lawson Craddock (Giant-Shimano). Yates’ respectable ride moves him into fifth overall at 2’10”.

Within minutes after the flag dropped in San Jose, a group of eight riders split from the field. After getting up and over the day’s first hors categorie climb together, the escapees gained a maximum advantage of seven minutes before Team Sky upped the pace to start trimming the lead ahead of the summit finish on Mount Diablo.

Team Sky led the charge up the second hors categorie climb of the day for race leader Bradley Wiggins. As the peloton began to shatter on the long, tortuous climb in the blistering heat, the front group of eight became four and then two and then none as Wiggins himself pulled the field clear of the final remaining escapee with roughly four and a half kilometres to go.

Soon, the front of the race was a very select group of ten riders. From that assembly of climbing nobility, Yates made a jump for the line as the road flattened out around the 500 metre to go mark. But, unbeknownst to him, right around the bend, the road kicked up one final time.

“Adam had a good crack with 500 metres to go. Just as Adam came around the final corner with 200 metres to go, he hit the steepest part of the climb. That’s where Dennis made his move. He’s a bit disappointed because he felt he had a good chance to win today. He misjudged the finish, but he’s determined to make it right on the next hilltop finish.” - Sport Director Matt Wilson

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) - Garmin Sharp 4:56:02
2 Tiago Machado (Por) - Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:06
3 Lawson Craddock (USA) - Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:08
4 Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:11
5 Javier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) - Garmin Sharp ST
6 Carter Jones (USA) - Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:00:14
7 Peter Stetina (USA) - BMC Racing Team ST
8 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
9 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) - Team Sky 0:00:20
10 Matthew Busche (USA) - Trek Factory Racing 0:00:29
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
4 Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:11
8 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
16 Damien Howson (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:29
50 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:11:30
80 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:19:51
102 Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:20:02
109 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:20:10