Road: Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin Transitions won the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, but the final victory put Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) seized.
Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin Transitions won the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, but the final victory put Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) seized.
Michael Rogers had to fight frantically to accompany his two most serious competitors for the Jersey-Levi Leipheimer (Team Radioshack) and David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions). The duo put pressure on Australian when they attacked him in the Rock Store-the ascent but Michael Rogers had enough cream into legs to defend the lead.
The trio came to the goal together so Rogers won by nine seconds ahead of David Zabriskie and 25 seconds ahead of last year’s winner, Levi Leipheimer.
“It was a tough day. I am so glad that I was able to hold on to the Golden Jersey and win overall in the Tour of California, “said Michael Rogers to Cyclingnews.
Ryder Hesjedal was loose along with George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) and Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) during the stage and their splinter group held all the way to the finish. In the Sprint was the Canadian the strongest and Hincapie finished second, Barredo trick and Chris Horner (Team Radioshack) was the fourth man over the line.
The Amgen Tour of California:
1 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions 3:21:56
2 George Hincapie (United States) BMC Racing Team
3 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step
4 Christopher Horner (United States) Team Radioshack
5 Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:05
6 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank 0:28
7 Levi Leipheimer (United States) Team Radioshack
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) HTC-Columbia
9. David Zabriskie (United States) Garmin-Transitions
Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) 10 Team Radioshack, 0:34
A total of:
1 Michael Rogers (Aus) HTC-Columbia 33:8: 30 am
2 David Zabriskie (United States) Garmin-Transitions 0:09
3 Levi Leipheimer (United States) Team Radioshack, 0:25
4 Christopher Horner (United States) Team Radioshack 1:04
5 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions 1:08
6 Jens Voigt (Tys) Team Saxo Bank 1:44
7 Rory Sutherland (Aus) United Health Care Presented by Maxxis 1:58
8 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo 2:06
9. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack 2:42
10 Phil Zajicek (United States) Fly V Australia 3:21