Tour of California: Daniel Oss clinches KOM title

BMC rider seals jersey win after aggressive week of racing

Daniel Oss (BMC Racing Team) capped off a successful week by clinching the climber's jersey at the Tour of California on Saturday. Oss made his way into the early break and won both KOMs on the way up to Mt. Baldy.

"It was a really good week for me," Oss said. "I found a good breakaway and then we fight for KOM. We arrive at the finish with a good result."

Oss' first breakaway of the week was on stage 2 between Nevada City and Lodi. Oss grabbed a handful of points before the break was caught and finished second in the KOM competition.

Oss again made the break during stage 3, and his efforts earned him the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous jersey. Oss won the first three climbs but was second to Toms Skujins (Hincapie Racing) on Mt. Hamilton and Quimby Road. Oss remained one point out of the lead.

Oss' aggressive streak continued during stage 4 when he launched a surprise attack heading into Avila Beach. Oss was reeled in but finished eighth just behind teammate Jempy Drucker.

Oss made his presence known during stage 7 in the early moves as the peloton headed towards Mt. Baldy. With the KOM so close, Oss was focused on getting off the front.

"I have to take some points for the KOM and I tried, also I was there for the team, and for us it's good," Oss said.

Oss managed to insert himself into the day's breakaway, which included Johann Van Zyl (MTN-Qhubeka), Lachlan Morton (Jelly Belly-Maxxis), Gregory Brenes (Jamis-Hagens Berman), Lasse Norman Hansen (Cannondale-Garmin) and Daniele Ratto (UnitedHealthcare.)

It was a hard, but fruitful day for Oss. He won both category 2 mountain primes and secured the Lexus King of the Mountain title. It made his efforts in the California mountains seem worthwhile.

"Really hard, long, long climb," joked Oss about his work on Mt. Baldy. "The longest ever I did."

Oss is heading back to Europe for the Dauphine and then will begin preparing for the Tour de France.

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