Touch for Quick-Step Floors in the Round of Califonië. Fernando Gaviria was again outstanding in the sprint and won in Elk Grove his second ride. He is also the leader in the points classification. Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan completed the podium. Our fellow countryman Jasper philipsen is admitted fell heavily on four kilometres from the finish. He took immediately to his bloodied arm. Tejay Van Garderen remains the leader.
The riders put Thursday in the fifth stage, a trail of 176,5 kilometres from Stockton to Elk Grove. Five riders colored the stage with a long breakaway. Stijn Vandenbergh (AG2R La Mondiale), Michael Rice (Hagens Berman Axeon), Ruben Companioni (Holowesko-Citadel), his team-mate Fabian Lienhard and Tanner Putt (UnitedHealthcare) collected up to 3:45 lead but were in the final stage to be played. The peloton then steamed onwards and upwards to the finish line, already created a trap even for a stir.
“I am happy with this victory, that without my teammates had not been possible”, responded Gaviria. “All the boys have a fantastic job done. I am very satisfied that I was of their hard work in this way able to repay.”
The American Tejay van Garderen (BMC), Wednesday was a double win beat in the time trial, remains leader in the general classification, 23 seconds ahead of the Colombian Egan Bernal (Sky). Our compatriot Laurens De Plus (Quick-Step Floors) is eighth at 2 minutes 13 seconds.
Friday the climbers are still a time to let off some steam in the second-to-last stage with arrival in South Lake Tahoe. On the way to wait five climbs, including a climb of second category at 6 km from the finish. Saturday following the final stage in Sacramento.
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) in 4: 04’34”
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) z.t.
3. Peter Sagan (Svk)
4. Rick Sablon (Dui)
5. John Murphy (USA)
1. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) in 16u55’29”
2. Egan Bernal (Col) +23”
3. Daniel Martinez (Col) +37”
4. Tao GeogheganHart (Eng) +52”
5. Adam Yates (Gbr) +1’07”