Another eventful day here at the Tour of California, as Stage 4 kicked off 15 minutes earlier than scheduled. That sense of urgency was brought about by the race organizers, who needed to stay within a previously agreed upon time slot for television viewers. The riders used this as motivation, averaging a 30 mph cadence for the first hour of racing.
We decided to ride out from Monterey toward Big Sur on the Pacific Coast Highway – a classic bucket list ride. Riders and spectators were treated to a beautiful route along the coast all day with scenic views and an epic rolling terrain.
Racers were moving so fast during this stage that we had a hard time catching them on film as they came by. The speed continued all the way to the finish line with a second stage win for Peter Sagan. He was the only sprinter that was able to hang up the final climb and the grueling 16% kicker on the Laguna Seca race track. What was more impressive was the 19 year old Neilson Powless from Axeon Hagens Berman racing. He had an amazing ride up Gibraltar the day before and continued pacing with the group today for a sixth place finish. This kid is someone to watch for the future.
Team SKY’s Gianni Mason launched a late attack in the stage but was unable to keep up the momentum. He continued to fight and placed himself in the select group, which included Sagan and Bookwalter. He ultimately finished the stage just 10 seconds down on Sagan. What an amazing effort after a tough day before with Kenaugh leaving the race due to a broken collarbone.
Here is what is coming the rest of the week:
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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