The Amgen Tour of California, long ITT on Stage 6 was a unique one of its kind as you don’t often experience a time trial initiated with 28 kilometers of slightly undulating terrain only to conclude the day with a steep uphill finish.
“Michael did a good time trial on a very difficult course. He changes bikes from time trial bike to his regular bike at the foot of the uphill finish to optimize his opportunities for a top result, but Garderen was just stronger today and he seems like rider who’s going to be difficult to beat. Tomorrow’s stage holds a few climbs in the finale so the race sure isn’t over,” said DS Tristan Hoffman.
Today’s 147 kilometer long seventh stage of Tour of California from Livermore to the uphill finish on Mount Diablo was dominated by breakaways with among others Team Saxo-Tinkoff Dane, Michael Mørkøv. But when the crucial break took off, it was without Team Saxo-Tinkoff.
Team BMC took control of the pace in the finale but the front group riders were only brought back reluctantly and one by one and the most tenacious pair of riders was Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) and David de la Cruz (NetApp). With 3 kilometers to go, Janier Acevedo (Sutter Home) was turning himself inside out to create the gap and gain time on his rivals in the GC and he was joined by Leopold König (NetApp).
Behind, Saxo-Tinkoff’s Michael Rogers suddenly jumped out of the saddle and the leading rider, Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) was forced to close the gap on his own and they crossed the finish line together just behind the stage winner, Leopold König (NetApp).