Sagan Wins Stage 1 of 2019 Tour of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 12, 2019) – The Amgen Tour of California kicked off with BORA-hansgrohe’s three-time World Champion Peter Sagan (SVK) claiming his 17th California stage win by a wheel over USA Cycling National Team’s Travis McCabe (Tucson, Ariz.). Continuing to grow his Amgen Tour of California stage win record, Sagan also took the early lead in the Sprint competition. 
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 12: Arrival / Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team Bora-Hansgrohe / celebrates after winning over Travis Mccabe of The United States and Team of The United States / during the 14th Amgen Tour of California 2019, Stage 1 a 143km stage from Sacramento to Sacramento / #AmgenTOC / @AmgenTOC / on May 12, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 
The final meters of the race’s 10th visit to Sacramento were neck and neck with Sagan and McCabe, who is celebrating his 30th birthday today. Sagan placed second twice before on this finish behind Mark Cavendishin 2015 and 2016.
 
Third for the stage was Maximilian Walscheid (GER) of Team Sunweb, which set a blazing tempo around the Capitol Circuits to get him in prime position for the final sprint.
 
“We will see here day by day how it’s going….,” said Sagan. “I had stopped [winning] for one year, last year I didn’t win, but I am very happy that I could catch another one. If I can continue like this, it’s gonna be nice to hold some record here in the [Amgen] Tour of California.”
 
Stage 1 presented by Amgen was an 88.9-mile ride beginning and ending in the shadow of the State Capitol Building, with a three-circuit finish.
 
“I felt great, I thought I was closing in on him [Sagan]; I had to come from four or five wheels back … I can’t be more happy with second place; losing to a World Champion is not a bad thing,” said McCabe
 
An early breakaway of four dwindled to two following the intermediate Sprint in Winters, including 21-year-old Tyler Stites (Tucson, Ariz.), who is making his Amgen Tour of California debut with the USA Cycling National Team after finishing third on the final stage and fifth overall at the recent Tour of the Gila. Stites will wear the TAG Heuer Best Young Rider Jersey tomorrow. The last rider standing before being reabsorbed by the peloton as it returned to the city center was Charles Planet (FRA) of Team Novo Nordisk, a team of athletes with diabetes, earning him the day’s Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey.
 
The peloton of 19 teams (132 ridersrepresenting 33 countries includes three World Champions, Olympians, Tour de France stage winners and six current National Road Race Champions from around the world. Throughout the week, cyclists will contest 773 miles of California’s most scenic highways, mountain roads and coastlines, visiting 13 cities throughout the state for stage starts and finishes, concluding in Pasadena on May 18.
 
SUNDAY, MAY 12
Podium: STAGE 1 presented by Amgen
  1. Peter Sagan (SVK), BORA-hansgrohe (GER) 3h14’10”
  2. Travis McCabe (USA), USA Cycling National Team (USA) +00”
  3. Maximilian Richard Walscheid (GER), Team Sunweb (GER) +00”
Jersey Winners after Stage 1:
  • Amgen Race Leader Jersey – Peter Sagan (SVK), BORA-hansgrohe (BOH)
  • Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Charles Planet (FRA), Team Novo Nordisk (USA)
  • Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey –N/A
  • Visit California Sprint Jersey – Peter Sagan (SVK), BORA-hansgrohe (BOH)
  • TAG Heuer Best Young Rider Jersey – Tyler Stites (USA), USA Cycling National Team (USA)
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 12: Tim Declercq of Belgium and Team Deceuninck – Quick-Step / during the 14th Amgen Tour of California 2019, Stage 1 a 143km stage from Sacramento to Sacramento / #AmgenTOC / @AmgenTOC / on May 12, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 12: The peloton passes the State Capitol of California / Peloton / during the 14th Amgen Tour of California 2019, Stage 1 a 143km stage from Sacramento to Sacramento / #AmgenTOC / @AmgenTOC / on May 12, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

 

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 12: Arrival / Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team Bora-Hansgrohe / celebrates after winning over Travis Mccabe of The United States and Team of The United States / during the 14th Amgen Tour of California 2019, Stage 1 a 143km stage from Sacramento to Sacramento / #AmgenTOC / @AmgenTOC / on May 12, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 12: Peloton / Tower Bridge / during the 14th Amgen Tour of California 2019, Stage 1 a 143km stage from Sacramento to Sacramento / #AmgenTOC / @AmgenTOC / on May 12, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 12: Peloton / during the 14th Amgen Tour of California 2019, Stage 1 a 143km stage from Sacramento to Sacramento / #AmgenTOC / @AmgenTOC / on May 12, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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