Tinkoff Saxo team leader Peter Sagan won the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday after a sprint finale with a dramatic finish. Finishing third in the stage by just millimeters was enough to secure the bonus seconds and leap from 2nd to 1st in the general classification.
Before the stage, Peter Sagan had to finish at least 3rd and ahead of leader Julian Alaphilippe to surpass him in the general classification. Equally Sagan had to try to make up time in the intermediate sprints and avoid losing seconds to Alaphilippe. Five meters before the finish line he was 4th, but throwing his bike forward in the last moment, he gained the millimeters on sprinter Tyler Farrar needed to conquer the sunshine state.
The race finale was affected by multiple attacks and a dedicated effort from Etixx-Quickstep to secure Alaphilippe’s position. After having received the yellow jersey on the final podium of Amgen Tour of California 2015, Sagan adds that the finale was all or nothing.
“I didn’t have any further strategy in the final sprint, and I just had to go for it, it’s not just Tinkoff-Saxo and Etixx-Quikstep as there were many others trying to get a result and we had to pay attention to many factors and teams today in order for us to secure this win”.
Asked about his overall experience at Tour of California, Sagan notes that it required a consistent effort all the way, while the queen stage to Mt. Baldy was in a category of its own.
Before the race started, PROBAR caught up with Tinkoff Saxo team as they were making last minute preparations. Enjoy the video!