Thursday was stage 5 for the men and stage 1 for the women. The women were in for 72 miles with rolling terrain and a grueling one mile climb that averaged 7% to wrap it all up. Megan Guatnier from Boels Dolmans took the victory after attacking the final three riders left with her.
“It was super windy out there, it just swells, there’s not a clear direction where it’s coming from, it’s just everywhere. It made it a pretty hard race and at times dangerous because it was just so strong,” said Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM Racing) when speaking to Cycling News.
The mens race was yet another day of brutal climbing with 132 miles on the profile and 13,000 feet of climbing. If the past two days were not enough for the peloton they were treated to stage 5. We were positioned to see the peloton come up the final climb and into the finish where they were treated to an extra little bit of wind at the top as well as a roaring crowd and the satisfaction of finishing such a grueling stage.
Similar to a the women’s race the men had three men left at the top. Tom Skujins from Cannondale Pro cycling took the win over Rally Racings Adam de Vos and Team SKYs Xabier Zandio. Tom followed his previous success at ATOC with a his first win riding for his new team.
Onto the stage 6 in Folsom. The womens race will be a team time trial while the men will complete an individual time trial.
Stage 6: Canyon/ SRAM racing Instagram takeover live from the team time trial.
Stage 8: Final stage ride report and live check in from Sacramento where the winner will be crowned as the King of California.
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