Amgen Tour of California
Stage 4: Monterey - Cambria - Stage Details

Stage four of the Amgen Tour of California was spectacularly beautiful, although the racing itself was remarkably uneventful as the peloton rolled rather nonchalantly down the Pacific Coast Highway from Monterey to Cambria. Will Routley (Optum p/b Kelley Benefits) took the top honours on the stage. Matthew Goss had the top result for ORICA-GreenEDGE placing ninth on the stage. Adam Yates finished on the bunch time to maintain his fifth position on the overall classification.

ORICA-GreenEDGE tapped Matthew Goss as the leader for the day before the adventure down the coast began. With only three category three climbs on the route, it was expected to be a finish for the sprinters.

Within kilometres of the stage start, a breakaway of six riders formed which never opened more than a four minute advantage as the peloton was keen to keep them within reach. However, that catch never happened as the six escapees worked well together to maintain their advantage all the way to the finish. Routley timed his surge perfectly to win ahead of his five breakaway partners.

More than a minute after the breakaway crossed the finish line, the charging peloton set up for the field sprint. With help from his teammates, Gossy was third from the bunch behind Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale).

“Gossy is in good condition. Today was not an ideal finish for him, but the guys decided to give it a go at the finish. His legs were feeling good. We are confident he can get a good result.” - Sport Director Matt Wilson

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 William Routley (Can) - Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 3:48:37
2 Gregory Daniel (USA) - Bissell Development Team ST
3 Kevin De Masmaeker (Bel) - Team Novo Nordisk ST
4 Christopher Jones (USA) - UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team ST
5 Matt Cooke (USA) - Jamis - Hagens Berman ST
6 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) - UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:00:15
7 Mark Cavendish (GBr) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:17
8 Peter Sagan (Svk) - Cannondale ST
9 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
10 Taylor Phinney (USA) - BMC Racing Team ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
9 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
42 Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:21
45 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
58 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
69 Damien Howson (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
77 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
93 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:37
103 Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:47