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- 1. Tetyana RIABCHENKO, FCL, in 3:04:17
- 2. Giorgia BRONZINI, Wiggle Honda, at :12
- 3. Amy PIETERS, ARW, at :12
- 4. Emma JOHANSSON, Orica-AIS, at :12
- 5. Sara MUSTONEN, Faren-Let’s Go Findland, at :12
- 6. Marta TAGLIAFERRO, MCipollini Giordana, at :12
- 7. Marta BASTIANELLI, Faren-Let’s Go Findland, at :12
- 8. Kim DE BAAT, Boels Dolmans, at :12
- 9. Oxana KOZONCHUK, RusVelo, at :12
- 10. Julia MARTISOVA, FCL, at :12
- 11. Janneke KANIS, ARW, at :12
- 12. Rochelle GILMORE, Wiggle Honda, at :12
- 13. Aurore VERHOEVEN, FRA, at :12
- 14. Pascale JEULAND, FRA, at :12
- 15. Chloe HOSKING, Hitek Products UCK, at :12
- 16. Elena CECCHINI, Faren-Let’s Go Findland, at :12
- 17. Roxane FOURNIER, FRA, at :12
- 18. Elena KUCHINSKAYA, RusVelo, at :12
- 19. Ashlynn VAN BAARLE, Faren-Let’s Go Findland, at :12
- 20. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, Hitek Products UCK, at :12
- 21. Ana Bianca SCHNITZMEIER, Wiggle Honda, at :12
- 22. Lucy MARTIN, Boels Dolmans, at :12
- 23. Emilie MOBERG, Hitek Products UCK, at :12
- 24. Daniela GASS, Squadra Scappatella, at :12
- 25. Fanny RIBEROT, FRA, at :12
- 26. Maria giulia CONFALONIERI, Faren-Let’s Go Findland, at :12
- 27. Christina PERCHTOLD, Squadra Scappatella, at :12
- 28. Anastasiya CHULKOVA, RusVelo, at :12
- 29. Xiao Juan DIAO, HKG, at :12
- 30. Valentina SCANDOLARA, MCipollini Giordana, at :12
- 31. Melissa HOSKINS, Orica-AIS, at :12
- 32. Anna Zita Maria STRICKER, MCipollini Giordana, at :12
- 33. Minhye LEE, KOR, at :12
- 34. Zhao Juan MENG, HKG, at :12
- 35. Seul-Gi KIM, KOR, at :12
- 36. Cecilie Gotaas JOHNSEN, Hitek Products UCK, at :12
- 37. Annette EDMONDSON, Orica-AIS, at :12
- 38. Yanthi FUCHIYANTI, INA, at :12
- 39. Aizhan ZHAPAROVA, RusVelo, at :12
- 40. Simona FRAPPORTI, Bepink, at :12
- 41. Bo Yee LEUNG, HKG, at :12
- 42. Supaksorn NUNTANA, THA, at :12
- 43. Yulia BLINDYUK, RusVelo, at :17
- 44. Martine BRAS, Boels Dolmans, at :17
- 45. Beatrice BARTELLONI, Wiggle Honda, at :17
- 46. Romy KASPER, Boels Dolmans, at :17
- 47. Nina KESSLER, Boels Dolmans, at :17
- 48. Claudia HÄUSLER, Tibco-To the Top, at :17
- 49. Wilaiwan KUNLAPHA, THA, at :18
- 50. Malgorzata WOJTYRA, Bepink, at :18
- 51. Chantal BLAAK, Tibco-To the Top, at :18
- 52. Malgorzta JASINSKA, MCipollini Giordana, at :21
- 53. Tatiana GUDERZO, MCipollini Giordana, at :23
- 54. Gu SUNG EUN, Orica-AIS, at :24
- 55. Shelley OLDS, Tibco-To the Top, at :26
- 56. Eun Hee KIM, KOR, at :26
- 57. Qianyu YANG, HKG, at :26
- 58. Nontasin CHANPENG, THA, at :26
- 59. Kim YOU-RI, KOR, at :28
- 60. Lang MENG, China Chongming-Giant, at :28
- 61. Dong Yan HUANG, China Chongming-Giant, at :28
- 62. FITRIYANI, INA, at :28
- 63. Lina SHI, China Chongming-Giant, at :28
- 64. Jessica UEBELHART, FCL, at :28
- 65. Kamonwan WINYOOWIJAK, THA, at :28
- 66. Monika KIRALY, Squadra Scappatella, at :28
- 67. Wan Yiu Jamie WONG, China Chongming-Giant, at :28
- 68. Ju Mi LEE, KOR, at :28
- 69. Valentina CARRETTA, MCipollini Giordana, at :28
- 70. Lucy GARNER, ARW, at :28
- 71. Panawaraporn BOONSAWAT, THA, at :36
- 72. Septianis RATNA DEWI, INA, at :37
- 73. Loes GUNNEWIJK, Orica-AIS, at :37
- 74. Whitney GAGGIOLI, FCL, at :37
- 75. Jessie MACLEAN, Orica-AIS, at :37
- 76. Wai Ting LIU, HKG, at :42
- 77. Melanie SPÄTH, Tibco-To the Top, at :48
- 78. Thea THORSEN, Hitek Products UCK, at :51
- 79. Jutta NIEMINEN, Faren-Let’s Go Findland, at :54
- 80. Audrey CORDON, FRA, at 1:02
- 81. Aude BIANNIC, FRA, at 1:02
- 82. Willeke KNOL, ARW, at 1:05
- 83. Amy ROBERTS, Wiggle Honda, at 1:29
- 84. Rachana AZIZAH, INA, at 2:01
- 85. Chiara AGNELLI, FCL, at 3:32
- 86. Emily COLLINS, Wiggle Honda, at 4:02
- DNF Tone Hatteland LIMA, Hitek Products UCK
- DNF Giulia DONATO, Bepink
- DNF Daniela LEVI, Bepink
- DNF Sarah RIJKES, Squadra Scappatella
- DNF Wahyuti SRI RAHAYU, INA
- I found a track cog last Thursday evening on the ground under my vehicle. It looks like it spent a minimal amount of time in the rain, so I suspect it's been there for at least a week or two.
Let me know if you think it's yours.
If nobody claims it I'll probably just give it to Steven.
ESCONDIDO, California (VN) — Gavin Mannion came across the finish line in Escondido after a searing stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California, salt outlines upon his kit, salt falling from his hair.
Riders trickled in for minutes, some unclipped, suffering from cramps. Jeff Louder (UnitedHealthcare) says he probably drank 30 bottles on the 100-degree, 165-mile stage around Escondido.
“The weather was the biggest factor today. It’s over 90 degrees, and this is the first time this year that most of us have raced in these conditions. It was just impossible to stay hydrated enough today,” Mannion said. “One of the hardest stages I’ve ever done. There’s salt everywhere; I think my hand was cramping coming into the finish.”
All day the temperatures around Escondido hovered around 100 degrees, and one team had to stop and buy more water at a gas station, having gone through its 150 bottles.
“It was like a blast furnace. It was nice on the climb up Palomar, but as we descended, you could just feel it getting hotter and hotter and hotter. It was like going into hell a bit,” Louder said.
“I think, particularly for everybody — most everybody — this is the first time they’ve felt this. A month ago I was in Belgium, where it didn’t go over 40 degrees. Now it’s 90. There’s a difference.”
The Southern California heat thinned a weary peloton, melting even the current road world champion, Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing), who eased off the gas late in the stage.
“I think it’s really, really tough,” said Bontrager director Axel Merckx. “You can see them finishing here. Everybody’s dehydrated, overheated. It’s 105 degrees. It’s the first stage; it’s a hard stage. When you see guys like Philippe Gilbert just give up with 10Ks to go because it’s too hot? It’s really tough.”
What’s even worse for the withered peloton is that Monday’s stage into Palm Springs is anticipated to be hotter still — and finishes on a climb. The predicted high in Palm Springs Monday? One hundred and nine degrees.
“It’s going to be brutal,” Merckx said. “Finishing uphill. It’s going to be really tough. But it is what it is. It’s the same for everybody. These young guys, they’re excited to be here, they’ll recover the best they can and make it a really good race.”
Alexander Candelario paused in the shaded finish, and dumped water over his head, letting it run down his face. Asked how hot it felt, he laughed.
“In the overall picture, I think it wasn’t that hot. But I think it’s the first hot day for everyone, so it was really hot,” he said. He lost track of how much water he’d drunk after 15 bottles.
“And I didn’t even take a pee once,” he said. “And tomorrow’s going to be even hotter.”
- 1. Lieuwe WESTRA, Vacansoleil-DCM, in 4:31:33
- 2. Francisco MANCEBO PEREZ, 5-hour Energy-Kenda, at :00
- 3. Peter SAGAN, Cannondale, at :06
- 4. Gianni MEERSMAN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :06
- 5. Jasper STUYVEN, USA, at :06
- 6. Jacob RATHE, Garmin-Sharp, at :06
- 7. Alexander CANDELARIO, USA, at :06
- 8. Mitchell DOCKER, Orica-GreenEdge, at :06
- 9. Jeremy VENNELL, USA, at :06
- 10. Tanner PUTT, USA, at :06
- 11. Michael ROGERS, Saxo-Tinkoff, at :06
- 12. Chad BEYER, Champion System, at :06
- 13. Mathias FRANK, BMC Racing, at :06
- 14. Paul VOSS, NetApp-Endura, at :06
- 15. Marc DE MAAR, UnitedHealthcare, at :06
- 16. Christopher BALDWIN, USA, at :06
- 17. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC Racing, at :06
- 18. Andy SCHLECK, RadioShack-Leopard, at :06
- 19. Cameron MEYER, Orica-GreenEdge, at :06
- 20. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, NetApp-Endura, at :06
- 21. Chad HAGA, USA, at :06
- 22. Jeffry LOUDER, UnitedHealthcare, at :06
- 23. Lucas EUSER, UnitedHealthcare, at :06
- 24. Javier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, USA, at :06
- 25. Philip DEIGNAN, UnitedHealthcare, at :06
- 26. Max JENKINS, 5-hour Energy-Kenda, at :06
- 27. Ryan ROTH, Champion System, at :06
- 28. Nathaniel ENGLISH, 5-hour Energy-Kenda, at :06
- 29. Matthew BUSCHE, RadioShack-Leopard, at :06
- 30. Lawson CRADDOCK, USA, at :06
- 31. Laurent DIDIER, RadioShack-Leopard, at :06
- 32. Leopold KONIG, NetApp-Endura, at :06
- 33. Phillip GAIMON, USA, at :06
- 34. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, RadioShack-Leopard, at :06
- 35. Juan Antonio FLECHA GIANNONI, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :06
- 36. Edward KING, Cannondale, at :06
- 37. Gavin MANNION, USA, at :06
- 38. David ZABRISKIE, Garmin-Sharp, at :06
- 39. Chris BUTLER, Champion System, at :06
- 40. Amaël MOINARD, BMC Racing, at :06
- 41. Michael TORCKLER, USA, at :06
- 42. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC Racing, at :06
- 43. Bartosz HUZARSKI, NetApp-Endura, at :06
- 44. Brian VANDBORG, Cannondale, at :06
- 45. Jens VOIGT, RadioShack-Leopard, at :06
- 46. Pieter SERRY, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :06
- 47. James STEMPER, 5-hour Energy-Kenda, at :06
- 48. Carter JONES, USA, at :06
- 49. Jonathan Patrick MC CARTY, USA, at :06
- 50. Nathan BROWN, USA, at :06
- 51. Lachlan David MORTON, Garmin-Sharp, at :06
- 52. Marco PINOTTI, BMC Racing, at :20
- 53. Michael SCHÄR, BMC Racing, at :35
- 54. Ben JACQUES-MAYNES, USA, at 9:09
- 55. Maciej BODNAR, Cannondale, at 9:11
- 56. Philippe GILBERT, BMC Racing, at 9:11
- 57. Luis ROMERO AMARAN, USA, at 9:11
- 58. Sylvain CHAVANEL, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 9:11
- 59. Kristijan KOREN, Cannondale, at 9:11
- 60. Gregor GAZVODA, Champion System, at 9:11
- 61. Antoine DUCHESNE, USA, at 10:18
- 62. José Joao PIMENTA COSTA MENDES, NetApp-Endura, at 10:18
- 63. Bertjan LINDEMAN, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 10:18
- 64. Lucas Sebastian HAEDO, Cannondale, at 10:18
- 65. Kevin DE WEERT, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 10:18
- 66. Baden COOKE, Orica-GreenEdge, at 10:18
- 67. Tyler FARRAR, Garmin-Sharp, at 10:18
- 68. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 10:18
- 69. Timothy DUGGAN, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 10:18
- 70. Jonathan CANTWELL, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 10:18
- 71. Matteo TOSATTO, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 10:18
- 72. Kin San WU, Champion System, at 10:18
- 73. Bob JUNGELS, RadioShack-Leopard, at 10:18
- 74. Michael MATTHEWS, Orica-GreenEdge, at 10:18
- 75. Tyler WREN, USA, at 10:18
- 76. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, RadioShack-Leopard, at 10:18
- 77. Jesse ANTHONY, USA, at 10:18
- 78. James ORAM, USA, at 10:18
- 79. Michael MORKOV, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 10:18
- 80. Oliver ZAUGG, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 10:18
- 81. Caleb FAIRLY, Garmin-Sharp, at 10:18
- 82. Ryan EASTMAN, USA, at 10:18
- 83. Bert GRABSCH, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 10:18
- 84. Alex HOWES, Garmin-Sharp, at 10:18
- 85. Ken HANSON, USA, at 10:18
- 86. Rohan DENNIS, Garmin-Sharp, at 10:18
- 87. Thomas SOLADAY, USA, at 10:18
- 88. Marsh COOPER, USA, at 10:18
- 89. Christopher JONES, UnitedHealthcare, at 10:18
- 90. Guillaume VAN KEIRSBULCK, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 10:44
- 91. Mauro DA DALTO, Cannondale, at 10:44
- 92. Wesley SULZBERGER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 10:44
- 93. Jonas Aaen JÖRGENSEN, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 10:44
- 94. Jay MCCARTHY, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 10:44
- 95. Boy VAN POPPEL, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 10:44
- 96. Shawn MILNE, 5-hour Energy-Kenda, at 10:44
- 97. Frank Kevin PIPP, USA, at 10:44
- 98. Chun Kai FENG, Champion System, at 10:44
- 99. David WILLIAMS, 5-hour Energy-Kenda, at 10:44
- 100. Daniel SCHORN, NetApp-Endura, at 10:44
- 101. Matt BRAMMEIER, Champion System, at 10:44
- 102. Cesare BENEDETTI, NetApp-Endura, at 10:44
- 103. Tom ZIRBEL, USA, at 14:37
- 104. Thomas DE GENDT, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 18:40
- 105. Tomasz MARCZYNSKI, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 18:40
- 106. Guillaume BOIVIN, Cannondale, at 18:40
- 107. Zakkari DEMPSTER, NetApp-Endura, at 18:40
- 108. Kris BOECKMANS, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 18:42
- 109. Scott ZWIZANSKI, USA, at 18:42
- 110. Travis MEYER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 18:42
- 111. James DRISCOLL, USA, at 19:50
- 112. Carson MILLER, USA, at 19:50
- 113. Aldo Ino ILESIC, UnitedHealthcare, at 19:50
- 114. Juan José HAEDO, USA, at 19:50
- 115. Guido Emanuel PALMA, USA, at 19:50
- 116. Jason MCCARTNEY, USA, at 19:50
- 117. Wesley KREDER, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 19:50
- 118. John MURPHY, UnitedHealthcare, at 19:50
- 119. Robert SWEETING, 5-hour Energy-Kenda, at 19:50
- 120. Thor HUSHOVD, BMC Racing, at 19:50
- 121. Jacobe KEOUGH, UnitedHealthcare, at 19:50
- 122. Johan VAN SUMMEREN, Garmin-Sharp, at 19:50
- 123. Bobbie TRAKSEL, Champion System, at 19:50
- OTL: Michael HEPBURN, Orica-GreenEdge, at 36:59
- OTL: Fumiyuki BEPPU, Orica-GreenEdge, at 36:59
- OTL: Taylor SHELDON, 5-hour Energy-Kenda, at 36:59
- DNF Stijn VANDENBERGH, Omega Pharma-Quick Step
A canny Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) used a last-ditch attack to win stage 1 of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday.
The 2012 Dutch time-trial champion made his move inside the final 5km, just as the race swallowed up the remnants of an earlier breakaway on its way back into Escondido. Francisco Mancebo (5-hour-Energy-Kenda) quickly followed, and the two came into the finishing stretch together, just seconds ahead of the charging main field.
Mancebo took the lead going through the final left-hand turn and onto the long finishing straight, but Westra made short work of him in the sprint, taking an easy victory. Peter Sagan (Cannondale) led a frustrated bunch in for third.
A hot day in the hills
The 165.1km stage started and finished amid blistering heat in Escondido, following a clockwise route that took in three KOM points — Mesa Grande, Palomar Mountain and Cole Grade — before finishing at Broadway and Grande avenues.
Zakkari Dempster (NetApp-Endura), Carter Jones (Bissell), James Stemper (5-hour Energy-Kenda) and Marsh Cooper (Optum-Kelly Benefit Systems) got busy early, building a lead of some 12 minutes at one point.
Dempster led the way over the category-4 Mesa Grande, but lost contact on the first-category Palomar climb, and the other three didn’t wait for him. As the peloton came to the realization that a double-digit lead was a bit extreme, the escapees’ advantage came down to just under eight minutes with 70km to go.
And then there were two
Jones led the trio over the Palomar KOM. Behind, Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare) jumped the peloton going over the top and went after the break, quickly catching and passing Dempster.
Ahead, Jones and Stemper likewise shed Cooper, and it was a two-man break.
Jones led over the final KOM, the third-category Cole Grade, and with 32km to race the leaders had a four-minute gap and 32km to race.
Behind, a combination of heat and gravity split the bunch, leaving Sagan in a second group. But he had teammates with him, and soon rejoined the main chase, which swept up Cooper on a rolling section.
World champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC), too, was left behind. But he was on his own, and took longer to rejoin, latching back on just as a teammate drifted back to see what was what.
Cannondale then continued its push, lining the bunch out and taking the gap down to 3:25 with 22km to go.
Time continued to run out for the break as the chase continued, and Gilbert was in difficulty once again.
A quick succession of attacks interrupted Cannondale’s rhythm, and then a crash at the back of the bunch saw Luis Amaran (Jamis-Hagens Berman) hit the deck hard. The Cuban stayed down for a while, clearly dazed, but eventually remounted and rode on, accompanied by a teammate.
Back at the race, the gap dropped sharply —a minute with 13km to go, then 30 seconds with 8km to go. Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Cannondale were on the front, the former for Gianni Meersman, the latter for Sagan.
With 5km remaining it was all over — and as the catch came, Westra shot off the front as Sagan went out the back, victim of a mechanical.
No bunch sprint today, thanks
Mancebo bridged to Westra and it was a fresh two-man break with 4km to race.
UnitedHealthcare then tried to organize something at the front, followed by Garmin-Sharp. But Mancebo and Westra were well away with 2km remaining.
As the two hit the red kite BMC Racing had taken over the pursuit, but it was too late — Mancebo led it out and Westra finished it off.
Editor’s note: Stay tuned for more from California.