California’18 Stage 1: Sprint King Gaviria!
PeloPics: Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) outsprinted the world-class line-up that included World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) in Long Beach to open the 2018 Tour of California. The Young Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan of Mitchelton-Scott took the second place. Sagan, who claimed second place on last year’s opening stage, ended the day in third place.
Stage winner and overall leader, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors): “The team was perfect, controlling the breakaway and keeping me all the time protected near the front of the bunch. My legs felt strong today and I couldn’t have asked for more from this opening stage. Winning my first ever race in the United States is really great, the cherry on the top being the yellow jersey which I now get to sport on Monday”
Amgen Tour of California Stage 1 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 3:02:23
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
6. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Hagens Berman Axeon
7. Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
8. Max Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb
9. Tyler Magner (USA) Rally Cycling
10.Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data.
Amgen Tour of California Overall After Stage 1:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 3:02:13
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:04
3. Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:06
5. Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources
6. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data at 0:09
7. Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Quick-Step Floors
8. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:10
9. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
10. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Hagens Berman Axeon.