The Amgen Tour of California started and finished in San Diego California and it lived up to all the hype that a first stage requires. Peter Sagan sprinted to victory in a strong headwind after a long day in the saddle. His last win in the states was last September in Richmond, VA where he dawned the rainbow jersey in dominant form. In his return to the states he won again in a very close sprint to the line, establishing his dominance once and for all on US soil.
Wahoo Sponsored team Holowesko Citadel racings Oscar Clark stayed in the break all day only to be reeled in by the peloton with a handful of kilometers left. Oscar was rewarded by his aggression in break with the most aggressive rider jersey.
The Tour of California headed up into the mountains for the first real test of the peloton and the GC contenders. We went up into the canyons outside of Los Angeles to capture the action first hand. We also took the opportunity to ride what ended up being the defining moment in the stage. Ben King who eventually took the sprint victory solidified a six minute gap with several other riders in the mountains. The group stayed away until the finish after 93 miles and 11,000 feet of climbing. It is not everyday that the break away stays away from a chasing peloton with the bit between their teeth. The Tour of California never disappoints and stage 2 was everything a cycling fan could hope for.
Team SKYs Danny van Poppel sprinted to sixth place leaving him just 24 seconds back on GC from stage winner Ben King.
Stay tuned for more from the ATOC throughout the week ahead as we ride the same roads the pros will ride and host Instagram takeovers from our sponsored teams.
Schedule for the week:
Stage 4: Route checkins from the route explaining how the race will play out and what the riders can expect to experience on course.
Stage 5: Team SKY Instagram takeover. Course report live and post race analysis.
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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