Amgen Tour of California
Stage 8: Thousand Oaks - Thousand Oaks - Stage Details

Matt Goss finished just off the podium in Thousand Oaks, sprinting to fourth place on the final day of racing at the Amgen Tour of California. Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) edged out John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) for the stage eight win. Peter Sagan (Cannondale) rounded out the top three.

Mathew Hayman flew the flag for ORICA-GreenEDGE in the early breakaway. He was back in the bunch before the start of the short circuit laps at the finish. Jens Keukeleire featured into the late race move, going clear with three other riders on the final circuit. Five kilometres from the final crossing of the line, the race was back together and the sprint teams readied for a high-speed finale.

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) safely finished in the bunch to win the overall. He moved into the yellow jersey following the stage two individual time trial and successfully fended off all challenges to the race lead throughout the course of the week. Adam Yates survived a hectic day of racing in the main to peloton to finish in fifth place overall, 2’14 behind Wiggins.

"We saw toward the end that Gossy was going to our best bet. He had been distanced from the peloton over the climb but managed to rejoin the front of the race with one or two laps to go. The team put him a good position for the sprint. He came up with fourth place today." - Sport Director Matt Wilson

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 2:53:50
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) - Team Giant-Shimano ST
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) - Cannondale ST
4 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
5 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) - Trek Factory Racing ST
6 Thor Hushovd (Nor) - BMC Racing Team ST
7 Lars Boom (Ned) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team ST
8 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) - Team NetApp-Endura ST
9 Alex Howes (USA) - Garmin Sharp ST
10 Kiel Reijnen (USA) - UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
4 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
21 Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
37 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
57 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
59 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
88 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:14:07