Canadian Into Ninth Place as Team Defends Evan Huffman’s KOM Lead
Rally Cycling continued its aggressive riding today during stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California. As a result, Rob Britton moved into ninth place overall and Evan Huffman maintained his lead in the King of the Mountains competition. As in the first three stages, Rally Cycling infiltrated the day’s breakaway. Today it was Will Routley’s turn to spend the day in front of the peloton. Routley, winner of stage four and the King of the Mountains in the 2014 edition, had two objectives for the day. The first was to win the stage, and the second was to take maximum KOM points to defend the lead of teammate Evan Huffman.
Powless Blazes Trail Up Gibraltar Road - Youngest Rider of the Race Turns Heads With a Solo Attack
Tuesday saw the first battle for the general classification at the Amgen Tour of California. Etixx-Quick-step rider, Julian Alaphilippe crossed the line for the win after an explosive attack leaving Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) and George Bennitt (Lotto NL-Jumbo) in his wake to round out the podium. Alaphilippe now leads the GC after Ben King (Team Cannondale) lost significant time.
At 19-years of age, Neilson Powless of Axeon Hagens Berman, showed no intimidation attacking the big names of the race entering the decisive climb of the Queen Stage up Gibraltar Road. He held a solo gap of up to 30 seconds for just over 3 kilometers before he was caught in the final kilometers.
Longest Ride of the 8-day Stage Race on Tap Tomorrow with 133.6-mile Route from Morro Bay to Monterey County’s Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway
Photo by Oran Kelly/Eibhir
The leader jersey changed hands for the third time in three days at the 2016 Amgen Tour of California, with Etixx – Quick-Step’s Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) clutching the Queen Stage victory with a determined push up the final steeply sloped meters of Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara County. The 23 year-old French rider who won last year’s Mount Baldy stage and placed second overall, just three seconds from top finisher Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), has clearly found California climbs to his liking.
King of Santa Clarita: Ben King Wins Amgen Tour of California Stage Two, Moves Into Race Lead
American Ben King won a two-up sprint in Santa Clarita on Monday to secure his first victory of the season on stage two of the Amgen Tour of California. The 27-year-old was one of two survivors of a four-man breakaway that escaped the peloton’s stronghold with around 120-kilometers remaining in the 148-kilometer day. Finishing eight seconds ahead of the peloton and snagging a ten-second bonus for the stage win, King now leads the Amgen Tour of California general classification.
“This is my fifth time doing this race, and it’s the first time I’ve won a stage here,” said King. “It’s really exciting for me.”