Tour of California stage 1: Sagan tops McCabe in Sacramento

Peter Sagan took his 17th stage victory at the Amgen Tour of California, crossing the line just ahead of American Travis McCabe

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SACRAMENTO, California (VN) — It’s now 17 stage wins and counting for Peter Sagan.

Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) surfed the wheels of Team Ineos and Deceuninck-Quick Step during the chaotic finale of Sunday’s opening stage of the Amgen Tour of California, before unleashing a winning sprint with 150 meters to go. Sagan crossed the line in the shadow of the California State Capitol building just ahead of American Travis McCabe (USA Cycling) to take his 17th career stage victory at the California race.

It was Sagan’s first victory in California since 2017.

“Last year I didn’t win, but I’m very happy that I could catch another one,” Sagan said. “It’s going to be nice to hold some record here at the Tour of California.”

Sagan’s win came after a straightforward 143-kilometer stage that sent riders spinning from downtown Sacramento into the rural farm communities east of town. The race saw four riders form an early escape: Michael Schar (CCC Team), Tyler Stites (USA Cycling), Laurens de Vreese (Astana), and Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk).

The peloton kept the group on a one-minute gap for much of the day, until riders from the group began to fall back. First was de Vreese, who pulled off with 70km remaining. Next was Schar, who fell back with 60 miles to go.

Planet was the final breakaway rider left, and he was swept up inside 30km to go.

Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe team took turns at the front with Deceuninck-Quick Step, which looked to set up its fast man Fabio Jakobsen. But confusion in the final kilometers saw Sagan surge into a key position in the push to the final.

Sagan said he does not expect to hold the yellow race leader’s during Monday’s climbing stage to South Lake Tahoe, however he’s hopeful that his teammates Felix Grosschartner or Max Schachmann can take the lead.

“It’s important to have the yellow jersey with maybe Felix or Schachmann, but if its not necessary tomorrow then we will see,” Sagan said. “For sure we are not going to hold it with me.”

Birthday present for McCabe

McCabe also surfed wheels in the chaotic finale, and sprung onto the wheel of Sagan inside 200 meters to go. The American was gapped by Sagan’s initial acceleration, but clawed back space in the final kick to the line to finish within a bike length of the three-time world champion.

The result is McCabe’s best ever finish at the Amgen Tour of California, and it came on the day he celebrated his 30th birthday. Prior to the start, race announcers presented McCabe with a birthday cake.

“I came with speed and I came in two wheels back from Peter and I’m happy with second,” McCabe said. “It’s a great birthday present to me.”

McCabe is racing for USA Cycling’s men’s national team, which is comprised of young riders from various trade teams. McCabe was chosen for the squad as a veteran to help lead the squad at the race. McCabe said he had strong relationships with all the riders on the team, including Stites, who he trained with in Tucson, Arizona.

“I train with Tyler all the time—he’s a Tucson boy,” McCabe said. “I was riding with him when he was 12 years old.”

The Amgen Tour of California continues on Monday with a 214.5km stage to South Lake Tahoe.

Amgen Tour of California Stage 1 Results

1SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe3:14:10
2MCCABE TravisUnited States0:00
3WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb0:00
4HALVORSEN KristofferTeam INEOS0:00
5MØRKØV MichaelDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
6DOULL OwainTeam INEOS0:00
7DEGENKOLB JohnTrek - Segafredo0:04
8BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida0:04
9BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe0:04
10PHILIPSEN JasperUAE Team Emirates0:04
11PERON AndreaTeam Novo Nordisk0:04
12VAN POPPEL DannyTeam Jumbo-Visma0:04
13BRYON MiguelUnited States0:04
14JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data0:04
15BOUHANNI NacerCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:04
16SAJNOK SzymonCCC Team0:04
17SCHACHMANN MaximilianBORA - hansgrohe0:04
18POGAČAR TadejUAE Team Emirates0:04
19DEBUSSCHERE JensTeam Katusha Alpecin0:04
20HERNANDEZ MichaelUnited States0:04
21OLIVEIRA RuiUAE Team Emirates0:04
22MANNION GavinRally UHC Cycling0:04
23BENNETT GeorgeTeam Jumbo-Visma0:04
24BALLERINI DavideAstana Pro Team0:04
25POWLESS NeilsonTeam Jumbo-Visma0:04
26MOSCON GianniTeam INEOS0:04
27DE LA CRUZ DavidTeam INEOS0:04
28MCNULTY BrandonRally UHC Cycling0:04
29CRADDOCK LawsonEF Education First0:04
30ENGER Sondre HolstIsrael Cycling Academy0:04
31STITES TylerUnited States0:04
32VAN GARDEREN TejayEF Education First0:04
33ALMEIDA JoãoHagens Berman Axeon0:04
34HOULE HugoAstana Pro Team0:04
35VAN HOECKE GijsCCC Team0:04
36CRAS SteffTeam Katusha Alpecin0:04
37HAAS NathanTeam Katusha Alpecin0:04
38BRITTON RobRally UHC Cycling0:04
39BERHANE NatnaelCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:04
40REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo0:04
41ROSA DiegoTeam INEOS0:04
42RICHEZE MaximilianoDeceuninck - Quick Step0:04
43JAKOBSEN FabioDeceuninck - Quick Step0:04
44ŠPILAK SimonTeam Katusha Alpecin0:04
45PORTE RichieTrek - Segafredo0:04
46GONÇALVES JoséTeam Katusha Alpecin0:04
47ROWE LukeTeam INEOS0:04
48MATÉ Luis ÁngelCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:04
49HANSEN JesperCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:04
50SWIRBUL KeeganUnited States0:04
51HOEHN AlexUnited States0:04
52HIGUITA SergioEF Education First0:04
53BOL CeesTeam Sunweb0:04
54MUÑOZ Cristian CamiloUAE Team Emirates0:04
55DENNIS RohanBahrain Merida0:04
56LAENGEN Vegard StakeUAE Team Emirates0:04
57CONTRERAS RodrigoAstana Pro Team0:04
58SKUJIŅŠ TomsTrek - Segafredo0:04
59ŠTYBAR ZdeněkDeceuninck - Quick Step0:04
60URÁN RigobertoEF Education First0:04
61BASSO LeonardoTeam INEOS0:04
62CATAFORD AlexanderIsrael Cycling Academy0:04
63MURPHY KyleRally UHC Cycling0:04
64GREGAARD JonasAstana Pro Team0:04
65HOWES AlexEF Education First0:04
66KUSZTOR PéterTeam Novo Nordisk0:04
67GARCÍA CORTINA IvánBahrain Merida0:04
68SCHÄR MichaelCCC Team0:04
69BAK Lars YttingTeam Dimension Data0:04
70DE VREESE LaurensAstana Pro Team0:04
71DE TIER FlorisTeam Jumbo-Visma0:04
72CAVAGNA RémiDeceuninck - Quick Step0:04
73STETINA PeterTrek - Segafredo0:04
74ZOIDL RiccardoCCC Team0:04
75MORTON LachlanEF Education First0:04
76KING BenTeam Dimension Data0:04
77PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain Merida0:04
78EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo0:15
79HENTTALA JoonasTeam Novo Nordisk0:15
80ANDERSON EdwardHagens Berman Axeon0:15
81DECLERCQ TimDeceuninck - Quick Step0:15
82HUFFMAN EvanRally UHC Cycling0:15
83ĐURASEK KristijanUAE Team Emirates0:15
84MEINTJES LouisTeam Dimension Data0:15
85LOZANO DavidTeam Novo Nordisk0:15
86ATAPUMA DarwinCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:15
87FOMINYKH DaniilAstana Pro Team0:15
88BARTA WillCCC Team0:15
89GOLDSTEIN RoyIsrael Cycling Academy0:15
90GESCHKE SimonCCC Team0:15
91BADILATTI MatteoIsrael Cycling Academy0:15
92LE TURNIER MathiasCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:15
93FABBRO MatteoTeam Katusha Alpecin0:15
94BOARDMAN SamuelUnited States0:15
95FRÖHLINGER JohannesTeam Sunweb0:15
96CALABRIA FabioTeam Novo Nordisk0:15
97ASGREEN KasperDeceuninck - Quick Step0:15
98GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe0:15
99BRAND SamTeam Novo Nordisk0:15
100ORONTE EmersonRally UHC Cycling0:21
101BERNAS PawełCCC Team0:21
102RICE MichaelHagens Berman Axeon0:21
103BROWN JonnyHagens Berman Axeon0:21
104ÁVILA EdwinIsrael Cycling Academy0:21
105SAGIV GuyIsrael Cycling Academy0:21
106HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida0:21
107THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data0:26
108ELLSAY NigelRally UHC Cycling0:26
109CAVENDISH MarkTeam Dimension Data0:30
110PEDERSEN CasperTeam Sunweb0:30
111ZABEL RickTeam Katusha Alpecin0:33
112CURVERS RoyTeam Sunweb0:33
113OSS DanielBORA - hansgrohe0:33
114PHINNEY TaylorEF Education First0:33
115DAVIS ColeHagens Berman Axeon0:44
116GARRISON IanHagens Berman Axeon0:44
117HOFSTEDE LennardTeam Jumbo-Visma0:45
118LINDEMAN Bert-JanTeam Jumbo-Visma0:45
119SAGAN JurajBORA - hansgrohe0:51
120FERRARI RobertoUAE Team Emirates0:51
121SIEBERG MarcelBahrain Merida0:54
122FORTIN FilippoCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:56
123NIEUWENHUIS JorisTeam Sunweb0:56
124ROOSEN TimoTeam Jumbo-Visma0:59
125SCHREURS HamishIsrael Cycling Academy0:59
126BJERG MikkelHagens Berman Axeon2:02
127PEDERSEN MadsTrek - Segafredo2:02
128EISEL BernhardTeam Dimension Data2:07
129GATTO OscarBORA - hansgrohe3:29
130STORER MichaelTeam Sunweb4:20
131CORT MagnusAstana Pro Team4:20
132PLANET CharlesTeam Novo Nordisk5:31
1SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe3:14:00
2MCCABE TravisUnited States0:00
3WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb0:00
4HALVORSEN KristofferTeam INEOS0:00
5MØRKØV MichaelDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
6DOULL OwainTeam INEOS0:00
7STITES TylerUnited States0:00
8GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe0:00
9BENNETT GeorgeTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
10DE VREESE LaurensAstana Pro Team0:00
11DEGENKOLB JohnTrek - Segafredo0:00
12BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida0:00
13BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe0:00
14PHILIPSEN JasperUAE Team Emirates0:00
15PERON AndreaTeam Novo Nordisk0:00
16VAN POPPEL DannyTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
17BRYON MiguelUnited States0:00
18JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data0:00
19BOUHANNI NacerCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:00
20SAJNOK SzymonCCC Team0:00
21SCHACHMANN MaximilianBORA - hansgrohe0:00
22POGAČAR TadejUAE Team Emirates0:00
23DEBUSSCHERE JensTeam Katusha Alpecin0:00
24HERNANDEZ MichaelUnited States0:00
25OLIVEIRA RuiUAE Team Emirates0:00
26MANNION GavinRally UHC Cycling0:00
27BALLERINI DavideAstana Pro Team0:00
28POWLESS NeilsonTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
29MOSCON GianniTeam INEOS0:00
30DE LA CRUZ DavidTeam INEOS0:00
31MCNULTY BrandonRally UHC Cycling0:00
32CRADDOCK LawsonEF Education First0:00
33ENGER Sondre HolstIsrael Cycling Academy0:00
34VAN GARDEREN TejayEF Education First0:00
35ALMEIDA JoãoHagens Berman Axeon0:00
36HOULE HugoAstana Pro Team0:00
37VAN HOECKE GijsCCC Team0:00
38CRAS SteffTeam Katusha Alpecin0:00
39HAAS NathanTeam Katusha Alpecin0:00
40BRITTON RobRally UHC Cycling0:00
41BERHANE NatnaelCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:00
42REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo0:00
43ROSA DiegoTeam INEOS0:00
44RICHEZE MaximilianoDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
45JAKOBSEN FabioDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
46ŠPILAK SimonTeam Katusha Alpecin0:00
47PORTE RichieTrek - Segafredo0:00
48GONÇALVES JoséTeam Katusha Alpecin0:00
49ROWE LukeTeam INEOS0:00
50MATÉ Luis ÁngelCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:00
51HANSEN JesperCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:00
52SWIRBUL KeeganUnited States0:00
53HOEHN AlexUnited States0:00
54HIGUITA SergioEF Education First0:00
55BOL CeesTeam Sunweb0:00
56MUÑOZ Cristian CamiloUAE Team Emirates0:00
57DENNIS RohanBahrain Merida0:00
58LAENGEN Vegard StakeUAE Team Emirates0:00
59CONTRERAS RodrigoAstana Pro Team0:00
60SKUJIŅŠ TomsTrek - Segafredo0:00
61ŠTYBAR ZdeněkDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
62URÁN RigobertoEF Education First0:00
63BASSO LeonardoTeam INEOS0:00
64CATAFORD AlexanderIsrael Cycling Academy0:00
65MURPHY KyleRally UHC Cycling0:00
66GREGAARD JonasAstana Pro Team0:00
67HOWES AlexEF Education First0:00
68KUSZTOR PéterTeam Novo Nordisk0:00
69GARCÍA CORTINA IvánBahrain Merida0:00
70SCHÄR MichaelCCC Team0:00
71BAK Lars YttingTeam Dimension Data0:00
72DE TIER FlorisTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
73CAVAGNA RémiDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
74STETINA PeterTrek - Segafredo0:00
75ZOIDL RiccardoCCC Team0:00
76MORTON LachlanEF Education First0:00
77KING BenTeam Dimension Data0:00
78PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain Merida0:00
79EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo0:00
80HENTTALA JoonasTeam Novo Nordisk0:00
81ANDERSON EdwardHagens Berman Axeon0:00
82DECLERCQ TimDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
83HUFFMAN EvanRally UHC Cycling0:00
84ĐURASEK KristijanUAE Team Emirates0:00
85MEINTJES LouisTeam Dimension Data0:00
86LOZANO DavidTeam Novo Nordisk0:00
87ATAPUMA DarwinCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:00
88FOMINYKH DaniilAstana Pro Team0:00
89BARTA WillCCC Team0:00
90GOLDSTEIN RoyIsrael Cycling Academy0:00
91GESCHKE SimonCCC Team0:00
92BADILATTI MatteoIsrael Cycling Academy0:00
93LE TURNIER MathiasCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:00
94FABBRO MatteoTeam Katusha Alpecin0:00
95BOARDMAN SamuelUnited States0:00
96FRÖHLINGER JohannesTeam Sunweb0:00
97CALABRIA FabioTeam Novo Nordisk0:00
98ASGREEN KasperDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
99BRAND SamTeam Novo Nordisk0:00
100ORONTE EmersonRally UHC Cycling0:00
101BERNAS PawełCCC Team0:00
102RICE MichaelHagens Berman Axeon0:00
103BROWN JonnyHagens Berman Axeon0:00
104ÁVILA EdwinIsrael Cycling Academy0:00
105SAGIV GuyIsrael Cycling Academy0:00
106HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida0:00
107THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data0:00
108ELLSAY NigelRally UHC Cycling0:00
109CAVENDISH MarkTeam Dimension Data0:00
110PEDERSEN CasperTeam Sunweb0:00
111ZABEL RickTeam Katusha Alpecin0:00
112CURVERS RoyTeam Sunweb0:00
113OSS DanielBORA - hansgrohe0:00
114PHINNEY TaylorEF Education First0:00
115DAVIS ColeHagens Berman Axeon0:00
116GARRISON IanHagens Berman Axeon0:00
117HOFSTEDE LennardTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
118LINDEMAN Bert-JanTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
119SAGAN JurajBORA - hansgrohe1:01
120FERRARI RobertoUAE Team Emirates1:01
121SIEBERG MarcelBahrain Merida1:04
122FORTIN FilippoCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:06
123NIEUWENHUIS JorisTeam Sunweb1:06
124ROOSEN TimoTeam Jumbo-Visma1:09
125SCHREURS HamishIsrael Cycling Academy1:09
126PEDERSEN MadsTrek - Segafredo2:09
127BJERG MikkelHagens Berman Axeon2:12
128EISEL BernhardTeam Dimension Data2:17
129GATTO OscarBORA - hansgrohe3:39
130STORER MichaelTeam Sunweb4:30
131CORT MagnusAstana Pro Team4:30
132PLANET CharlesTeam Novo Nordisk5:39
1SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe15
2MCCABE TravisUnited States12
3WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb9
4HALVORSEN KristofferTeam INEOS7
5MØRKØV MichaelDeceuninck - Quick Step6
7DEGENKOLB JohnTrek - Segafredo4
8STITES TylerUnited States3
9PEDERSEN MadsTrek - Segafredo3
10BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida3
11BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe2
12GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe2
13PLANET CharlesTeam Novo Nordisk2
14BENNETT GeorgeTeam Jumbo-Visma1
15DE VREESE LaurensAstana Pro Team1
16PHILIPSEN JasperUAE Team Emirates1
1STITES TylerUnited States3:14:11
2PHILIPSEN JasperUAE Team Emirates0:03
3SAJNOK SzymonCCC Team0:03
4POGAČAR TadejUAE Team Emirates0:03
5HERNANDEZ MichaelUnited States0:03
6MCNULTY BrandonRally UHC Cycling0:03
7ALMEIDA JoãoHagens Berman Axeon0:03
8HOEHN AlexUnited States0:03
9HIGUITA SergioEF Education First0:03
10ANDERSON EdwardHagens Berman Axeon0:14
11BROWN JonnyHagens Berman Axeon0:20
12DAVIS ColeHagens Berman Axeon0:43
13GARRISON IanHagens Berman Axeon0:43
14BJERG MikkelHagens Berman Axeon2:01
15STORER MichaelTeam Sunweb4:19
1Team INEOS9:42:34
2BORA - hansgrohe0:04
3United States0:04
4Deceuninck - Quick Step0:04
5UAE Team Emirates0:08
6Team Jumbo-Visma0:08
7Rally UHC Cycling0:08
8Trek - Segafredo0:08
9Team Katusha Alpecin0:08
10Cofidis, Solutions Crédits0:08
11EF Education First0:08
12Astana Pro Team0:08
13CCC Team0:08
14Bahrain Merida0:08
15Team Dimension Data0:08
16Team Sunweb0:15
17Team Novo Nordisk0:19
18Israel Cycling Academy0:19
19Hagens Berman Axeon0:36

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