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Amgen Tour of California Stage 7 Report, Full Results, PHOTOS – Alaphilippe Wins and Captures Leader’s Jersey, Britton 11th

by pedalmag.com
Alaphilippe wins [P] Brian Hodes/Cor Vos
May 16, 2015 (Mt. Baldy, CA) – Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx-Quick-Step grabbed the win and race lead on the 128.7km Stage 7 from Ontario to Mt. Baldy with Sky’s Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) in second and Ian Boswell (USA) third. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo could not match Alaphilippe’s and Henao’s final attack finishing in 6th place now at 2s behind Alaphilippe on the GC. Rob Britton (Team SmartStop) was the top Canadian in 11th and sits 10th overall. Fellow Canuck Michael Woods (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) was 42nd on the day and sits 32nd overall.

Start [P] Brian Hodes/Cor Vos
ATOC Report – Alaphilippe Seizes the Lead – Sagan Still in Contention

The final weekend of the 10th anniversary Amgen Tour of California began in Ontario with 133 cyclists and ended with one solo rider, 22-year-old SRAM Best Young Rider Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) of Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team, claiming the stage win and overall race lead at the 6,347-foot summit of Mt. Baldy.

With Sprint and finish line bonus points on offer tomorrow, Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan (SVK), who was leading the race 45 seconds ahead of Alaphilippe this morning, is still in contention to win the 8-stage event. His committed ride in the leader group up the slopes of Mt. Baldy leaves him just two seconds down on the new race leader.

Sagan relinquishes the leader's jersey [P] Cor Vos

An early breakaway of six included BMC Racing Team’s Daniel Oss (ITA) and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s Johann Van Zyl (RSA), a three-time Under 23 South African Champion (two road race, one time trial). Today was Oss’ third in the breakaway, having spent more than 10 hours and 200 miles in front of the peloton this week. He’s been chipping away at the King of the Mountain (KOM) competition, finally taking the jersey today from Hincapie Racing Team’s Toms Skujins (LAT) after breasting the 9-mile Glendora Mountain Road (“GMR”) climb first. Skujins led the race after Tuesday until yesterday when Sagan took the lead with a blazing time trial ride.

Fan support for Alaphilippe's attack [P] Brian Hodes/Cor Vos

In the final 20 mostly uphill miles, Team Sky rode at the front of the peloton in support of their Columbian climber Sergio Luis Henao Montoya and kicked up the pace trying to shake riders, especially race leader Sagan, who matched the brisk climb with no problem. Two and a half hours into the race, Van Zyl attacked Oss to take the solo lead for a brief time before they were both reabsorbed on the final 15 miles.

The lead group of just over 25 rode together to the final Mt. Baldy climb, including the youngest cyclist in the race, 19-year-old Geoffrey Curran (USA) of Axeon Cycling Team, as well as the general classification contenders like 2012 race champion Robert Gesink (NED) of Team LottoNL-Jumbo, who shored up the yellow jersey with a win on this same route. In the overall standings at the start of the day, more than half of the top-10 cyclists in the general classification were strong climbers, with most separated by less than a minute.

Axel and Eddy Merckx [P] Brian Hodes/Cor Vos

Mt. Baldy’s 15 switchbacks delivered the cyclists to the summit finish after a climb gaining 3,022 feet in elevation at grades up to 17 percent. The 4.3-mile HC climb almost seems straight uphill. About a mile into it, Team Sky’s Henao attacked, and Alaphilippe answered.

The two toiled up the mountain together, varying the pace and gaining seconds over the rest of the group. With less than 2.5 miles left to ride, Alaphilippe pulled ahead and off to a solo win (3:42:13), his first of the season. Henao finished the stage next with teammate Ian Boswell (USA) (+:23), then Team Cannondale-Garmin’s Joseph Dombrowski (USA) (+:36) and Austrian National Champion Riccardo Zoidl of Trek Factory Racing (+:XX). Sagan pulled over the line in sixth (+:47).

Ten Dam... tough day at the office [P] Brian Hodes/Cor Vos

The race conclusion tomorrow will air live on NBC from 10 a.m.-noon PDT (1-3 p.m. EDT). Alaphilippe leads Sagan by two seconds overall. Henao is in third (+:33) followed by Dombrowski (+1:10) and Gesink (+1:11). The race will come down to tomorrow’s Sprint points, including those awarded at the finish line. The Sprint points competition also will be decided tomorrow with Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team’s Mark Cavendish (GBR) leading Sagan by six seconds.

Results

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx – Quick-Step 3:42:13
2. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky 0:23
3. Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky
4. Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:36
5. Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing 0:45
6. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:47
7. Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Esp) Trek Factory Racing 0:53
8. Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:00
9. Peter Kennaugh (Gbr) Team Sky 1:17
10. Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:26
11. Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop 1:32
12. Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 1:39
13. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:53
14. Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 2:10
15. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Gbr) Axeon Cycling Team 2:12
16. Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 2:15
17. Phillip Gaimon (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:20
18. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 3:01
19. Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 3:07
20. Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team 3:17
21. Ben King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 3:23
22. Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Jamis – Hagens Berman 3:43
23. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 3:50
24. Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Esp) Tinkoff-Saxo 4:04
25. Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team 4:06
26. Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) MTN – Qhubeka 4:17
27. Dion Smith (Nzl) Hincapie Racing Team 4:33
28. Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing 4:54
29. Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team 5:33
30. Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 6:50
31. Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 7:43
32. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky 8:24
33. Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 8:48
34. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling Team 9:19
35. Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing Team 9:46
36. Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Cycling Team 0:11:04
37. Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
38. William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
39. Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:12:34
40. Campbell Flakemore (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:12:38
41. Carson Miller (USA) Jamis – Hagens Berman 0:13:05
42. Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
43. Chris Butler (USA) Team SmartStop
44. Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN – Qhubeka 0:15:02
45. Evan Huffman (USA) Team SmartStop 0:16:02
46. Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN – Qhubeka 0:16:42
47. Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
48. Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
49. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:16:59
50. Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team
51. Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:17:11
52. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:17:32
53. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
54. Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step
55. Gregory Obando Brenes (Crc) Jamis – Hagens Berman 0:17:34
56. Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
57. James Oram (Nzl) Axeon Cycling Team 0:19:05
58. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:19:38
59. Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling Team 0:20:33
60. Edward King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
61. David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
62. Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
63. Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk
64. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
65. Justin Oien (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
66. Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN – Qhubeka
67. Koen de Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
68. Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
69. Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
70. Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
71. Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
72. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
73. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step
74. Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
75. Martin Kohler (Sui) Drapac Professional Cycling
76. Jempy Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
77. Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
78. Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team
79. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
80. Xabier Zandio Echaide (Esp) Team Sky
81. Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
82. Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Racing Team
83. Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop
84. Nicolae Tanovitchii (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
85. Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
86. Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
87. Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
88. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Jamis – Hagens Berman
89. Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis – Hagens Berman
90. Joseph Schmalz (USA) Hincapie Racing Team 0:20:55
91. Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
92. Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:21:08
93. Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop 0:21:30
94. Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky 0:21:43
95. Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
96. Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
97. Jos van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
98. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step
99. Mark Cavendish (Gbr) Etixx – Quick-Step
100. Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
101. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
102. Matthew Brammeier (Irl) MTN – Qhubeka 0:21:49
103. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
104. Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
105. Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
106. Stephen Leece (USA) Jamis – Hagens Berman 0:22:05
107. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN – Qhubeka 0:22:32
108. Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
109. Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 0:22:35
110. Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:22:50
111. Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Racing Team 0:23:02
112. Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:23:06
113. Dennis van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:23:23
114. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN – Qhubeka 0:23:28
115. Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx – Quick-Step
116. David Williams (USA) Jamis – Hagens Berman
117. John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
118. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop 0:23:52
119. Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
120. Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:24:32
121. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
122. Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
123. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
124. Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
125. Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:26:16
126. Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:28:03
127. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:28:38
DNF Travis Livermon (USA) Team SmartStop

GC after Stage 7

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx – Quick-Step 25:58:21
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:02
3. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky 0:33
4. Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 1:10
5. Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:11
6. Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Esp) Trek Factory Racing 1:12
7. Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky 1:19
8. Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing 1:20
9. Peter Kennaugh (Gbr) Team Sky 1:40
10. Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop 2:06
11. Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 2:15
12. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 2:17
13. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Gbr) Axeon Cycling Team 2:32
14. Phillip Gaimon (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:49
15. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 3:12
16. Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 3:19
17. Ben King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 3:36
18. Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team 4:06
19. Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team 4:42
20. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 4:44
21. Dion Smith (Nzl) Hincapie Racing Team 4:51
22. Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Jamis – Hagens Berman 5:04
23. Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing 5:28
24. Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team 5:37
25. Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 7:45
26. Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 8:33
27. Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 9:09
28. Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 9:19
29. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky 9:49
30. Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) MTN – Qhubeka 0:12:35
31. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling Team 0:12:46
32. Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:14:26
33. Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team 0:16:42
34. Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:17:55
35. Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:18:58
36. Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Esp) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:20:25
37. James Oram (Nzl) Axeon Cycling Team 0:20:37
38. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 0:22:58
39. Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing Team 0:25:42
40. Chris Butler (USA) Team SmartStop 0:27:56
41. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:28:22
42. Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:28:36
43. Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Cycling Team 0:28:40
44. Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:28:42
45. Gregory Obando Brenes (Crc) Jamis – Hagens Berman 0:29:10
46. Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 0:31:56
47. Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:32:29
48. Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing 0:32:41
49. Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop 0:33:33
50. Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling Team 0:33:57
51. Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky 0:35:51
52. Evan Huffman (USA) Team SmartStop
53. Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling Team 0:36:35
54. Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:36:38
55. Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling Team 0:36:41
56. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Jamis – Hagens Berman 0:36:49
57. Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:37:37
58. Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:37:42
59. Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:38:13
60. Campbell Flakemore (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:38:19
61. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:38:42
62. John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:38:50
63. Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:38:51
64. Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team 0:48
65. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:40:36
66. Jempy Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team 0:40:55
67. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:40:56
68. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN – Qhubeka 0:41:03
69. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:41:14
70. Edward King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:41:17
71. Mark Cavendish (Gbr) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:41:30
72. Justin Oien (USA) Axeon Cycling Team 0:41:33
73. Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN – Qhubeka 0:41:51
74. Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk 0:41:58
75. Koen de Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:41:59
76. Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN – Qhubeka 0:42:01
77. Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN – Qhubeka 0:42:05
78. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:42:06
79. Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:42:14
80. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:42:37
81. Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis – Hagens Berman 0:43:03
82. Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 0:43:46
83. Xabier Zandio Echaide (Esp) Team Sky 0:43:48
84. Martin Kohler (Sui) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:44:19
85. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:44:35
86. Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:44:45
87. Nicolae Tanovitchii (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:44:56
88. Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:45:02
89. Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
90. Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:45:13
91. Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Racing Team 0:45:25
92. Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop 0:45:29
93. Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:46:00
94. Dennis van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:46:04
95. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:46:26
96. Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Racing Team 0:46:32
97. Matthew Brammeier (Irl) MTN – Qhubeka 0:47:22
98. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop 0:47:27
99. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:48:04
100. Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:48:15
101. Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:48:16
102. Joseph Schmalz (USA) Hincapie Racing Team 0:48:46
103. Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 0:48:55
104. Jos van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:48:57
105. David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 0:49:26
106. Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:50:15
107. Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk 0:50:50
108. Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 0:51:23
109. William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
110. Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:51:26
111. Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:51:59
112. Stephen Leece (USA) Jamis – Hagens Berman 0:53:42
113. Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:53:55
114. Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:54:10
115. Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky 0:54:13
116. Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:54:26
117. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:54:34
118. Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk 0:54:36
119. Carson Miller (USA) Jamis – Hagens Berman 0:55:56
120. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN – Qhubeka 0:56:34
121. Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:56:47
122. Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:57:12
123. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:57:33
124. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:58:50
125. Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 1:03
126. David Williams (USA) Jamis – Hagens Berman 1:01:12
127. Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 1:01:45
128. Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:02:58
129. Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 1:03:17





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