Tour of California Women's Race: Van der Breggen wins stage 1

World champion solos to first leader's jersey

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) won stage 1 of the Tour of California Women's Race in Ventura on Thursday. The world and Olympic road race champion attacked on the last climb of the day with 5km to go, passing lone leader Olga Zabelinskaya (Cogeas Mettler Look) and going solo on the descent. Racing into a strong headwind on the finishing straight, Van der Breggen held a gap of 18 seconds to a chase group of 16 riders where Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Cylance) sprinted to second place ahead of Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women's Team). 

Starting and finishing in Ventura, stage 1 was effectively a 96.5km out-and-back course. It included five 'Queen of the Mountains' climbs on Casitas Pass Road and Gobernador Canyon Road, as well as an intermediate sprint at the top of a final short climb on the outskirts of Ventura. Strong westerly winds influenced the race as the first half of the stage was predominantly into a headwind, while on the final leg, the peloton was happy to be pushed home by a tailwind.

The earlier headwind didn't do anything to discourage breakaway attempts, however. US teams Twenty20-Sho Air, Rally UHC and Hagens Berman-Supermint were particularly active, and eventually Lindsay Goldman, of the latter team, got away. The peloton was happy to have a single rider up ahead, and Goldman's advantage maxed out at 1:30 with 69 km to go.

Goldman's solo move earned her the jersey for most aggressive rider. She took full points on the first three QOMs but was caught shortly after the third one, with 54 km still to be raced. Boels Dolmans took control of the race leading into the second-category climb up Casitas Pass Road, reducing the peloton to 25 riders by the top. Liliana Moreno (Astana Women's Team) was first over the top, and won the fifth QOM sprint, putting her in the polka-dot mountains jersey for stage 2.

Zabelinskaya attacked just after the top of the climb, quickly getting a one-minute gap as the peloton didn't react immediately, with dropped riders coming back on the descent. On the downhill run-in to Ventura, Zabelinskaya increased her advantage to 1:30 minutes before Boels Dolmans realised the danger and started to close the gap.

Crosswinds in the final 10km caused splits in the peloton, but also made it harder for Zabelinskaya to stay away. She started the one-kilometre, nine per cent climb of Ferro Drive 30 seconds ahead of the chasing bunch. Van der Breggen and Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) attacked from the peloton on the steep slopes; they caught and passed Zabelinskaya just before the top, and Van der Breggen continued her attack on the fast descent, leaving Deignan and Zabelinskaya behind.

The world and Olympic champion soloed towards the finish line on the Ventura beachfront and crossed it in triumph, 18 seconds ahead of the first chase group, which was led home by Balsamo, ahead of Sierra.

Van der Breggen will wear the yellow leader's jersey on stage 2 – a short but sharp 75 km route with a summit finish on Mount Baldy. Balsamo took the white jersey as leader of the youth classification, and third-placed Sierra will wear the green points jersey by proxy.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2:36:17 
2Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:00:18 
3Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
4Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb  
5Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv  
6Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM  
7Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
8Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo  
9Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:20 
10Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
11Clara Koppenburg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
12Erica Magnaldi (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
13Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
14Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
15Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv  
16Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
17Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
18Marie Soleil Blais (Can) Astana Women's Team0:00:32 
19Edwige Pitel (Fra) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
20Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb  
21Chloe Dygert-Owen (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
22Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb0:00:38 
23Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:39 
24Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team0:00:41 
25Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
26Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
27Andrea Ramírez Fregoso (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
28Emma Grant (GBr) Sho-Air Twenty20  
29Amber Leone Neben (USA) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
30Leigh ann Ganzar (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:00:56 
31Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
32Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops  
33Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
34Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM  
35Elinor Barker (GBr) Drops  
36Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling  
37Deborah Paine (NZl) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
38Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM  
39Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink  
40Whitney Allison (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
41Anet Barrera Esparza (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
42Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
43Erica Clevenger (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:01:38 
44Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team0:01:46 
45Heidi Franz (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
46Marta Lach (Pol) CCC-Liv0:01:48 
47Emily Newsom (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
48Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
49Alice Cobb (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
50Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
51Evy Kuijpers (Ned) CCC-Liv  
52Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
53Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
54Chiara Perini (Ita) BePink0:01:58 
55Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb0:02:22 
56Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:02:46 
57Anna Christian (GBr) Drops0:03:27 
58Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:04:26 
59Kathrin Hammes (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
60Jasmin Duehring (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20  
61Jennifer Luebke (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
62Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
63Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
64Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo  
65Brenda Andrea Santoyo Perez (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:06:39 
66Jannie Milena Salcedo Zambrano (Col) Swapit Agolico  
67Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM  
68Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:07:17 
69Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb  
70Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:07:46 
71Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM0:08:04 
72Ariadna Gutierrez Arzaluz (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:08:33 
73Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:09:20 
74Megan Barker (GBr) Drops  
75Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
76Lindsay Goldman (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:09:57 
77Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink  
78Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Mex) Astana Women's Team  
79Abigail Mickey (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
80Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink  
81Ana Cristina Sanabria Sanchez (Col) Swapit Agolico  
82Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally UHC Cycling  
83Joscelin Lowden (GBr) Drops0:11:48 
84Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb  
DNFVirginie Perizzolo Pointet (Swi) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
DNFValentina Scandolara (Ita) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
DNFAbby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Drops  
DNFSkylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
DNFLotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFInge Van der Heijden (Ned) CCC-Liv  
DNFRachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink  
DNFSilvia Zanardi (Ita) BePink  
Sprint 1: Ventura - 91.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team3 pts
2Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo2 
3Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team1 
Sprint 2: Finish - 96.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team15 pts
2Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling12 
3Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team9 
4Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb7 
5Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv6 
6Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM5 
7Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling4 
8Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo3 
9Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank2 
10Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling1 
KOM 1: Casitas Pass Road - 29.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lindsay Goldman (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint3 pts
2Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team2 
3Anna Christian (GBr) Drops1 
KOM 2: Casitas Pass Road - 34km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lindsay Goldman (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint3 pts
2Elinor Barker (GBr) Drops2 
3Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team1 
KOM 3: Gobenador Canyon Road - 39.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lindsay Goldman (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint3 pts
2Anna Christian (GBr) Drops2 
3Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo1 
KOM 4: Casitas Pass Road - 57km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team5 pts
2Anna Christian (GBr) Drops4 
3Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team3 
4Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv1 
KOM 5: Casitas Pass Road - 61.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team3 pts
2Anna Christian (GBr) Drops2 
3Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling2:36:35 
2Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
3Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:00:02 
4Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb0:00:14 
5Chloe Dygert-Owen (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
6Andrea Ramírez Fregoso (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:00:23 
7Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:00:38 
8Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops  
9Deborah Paine (NZl) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
10Anet Barrera Esparza (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
11Marta Lach (Pol) CCC-Liv0:01:30 
12Chiara Perini (Ita) BePink0:01:40 
13Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb0:02:04 
14Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:07:28 
15Megan Barker (GBr) Drops0:09:02 
16Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally UHC Cycling0:09:39 
17Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb0:11:30 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1WNt Rotor Pro Cycling Team7:50:12 
2Team Sunweb0:00:07 
3Astana Women's Team0:00:10 
4Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team0:00:12 
5Valcar Cylance Cycling0:00:13 
6Rally UHC Cycling  
7Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:34 
8CCC-Liv0:01:05 
9Trek-Segafredo  
10Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:01:26 
11Hagens Berman-Supermint0:01:27 
12Sho-Air Twenty200:01:30 
13Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:03:25 
14Drops0:03:58 
15Swapit Agolico0:06:55 
16BePink0:11:30 
Overall classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2:36:04 
2Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:00:25 
3Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team0:00:27 
4Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo0:00:29 
5Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb0:00:31 
6Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv  
7Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM  
8Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
9Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team0:00:32 
10Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:33 
11Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
12Clara Koppenburg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
13Erica Magnaldi (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
14Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
15Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
16Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv  
17Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
18Marie Soleil Blais (Can) Astana Women's Team0:00:45 
19Edwige Pitel (Fra) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
20Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb  
21Chloe Dygert-Owen (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
22Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb0:00:51 
23Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:52 
24Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team0:00:54 
25Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
26Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
27Andrea Ramírez Fregoso (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
28Emma Grant (GBr) Sho-Air Twenty20  
29Amber Leone Neben (USA) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
30Leigh ann Ganzar (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:01:09 
31Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
32Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops  
33Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
34Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM  
35Elinor Barker (GBr) Drops  
36Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling  
37Deborah Paine (NZl) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
38Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM  
39Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink  
40Whitney Allison (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
41Anet Barrera Esparza (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
42Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
43Erica Clevenger (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:01:51 
44Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team0:01:59 
45Heidi Franz (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
46Marta Lach (Pol) CCC-Liv0:02:01 
47Emily Newsom (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
48Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
49Alice Cobb (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
50Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
51Evy Kuijpers (Ned) CCC-Liv  
52Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
53Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
54Chiara Perini (Ita) BePink0:02:11 
55Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb0:02:35 
56Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:02:59 
57Anna Christian (GBr) Drops0:03:40 
58Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:04:39 
59Kathrin Hammes (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
60Jasmin Duehring (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20  
61Jennifer Luebke (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
62Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
63Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
64Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo  
65Brenda Andrea Santoyo Perez (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:06:52 
66Jannie Milena Salcedo Zambrano (Col) Swapit Agolico  
67Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM  
68Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:07:30 
69Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb  
70Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:07:59 
71Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM0:08:17 
72Ariadna Gutierrez Arzaluz (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:08:46 
73Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:09:33 
74Megan Barker (GBr) Drops  
75Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
76Lindsay Goldman (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:10:10 
77Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink  
78Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Mex) Astana Women's Team  
79Abigail Mickey (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
80Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink  
81Ana Cristina Sanabria Sanchez (Col) Swapit Agolico  
82Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally UHC Cycling  
83Joscelin Lowden (GBr) Drops0:12:01 
84Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb  
Sprints classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team18 pts
2Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling12 
3Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team9 
4Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb7 
5Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv6 
6Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo5 
7Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM5 
8Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling4 
9Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank2 
10Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team1 
11Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team10 pts
2Lindsay Goldman (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint9 
3Anna Christian (GBr) Drops9 
4Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team3 
5Elinor Barker (GBr) Drops2 
6Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv1 
7Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team1 
8Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team1 
9Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling2:36:29 
2Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:00:06 
3Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:00:08 
4Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb0:00:20 
5Chloe Dygert-Owen (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
6Andrea Ramírez Fregoso (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:00:29 
7Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:00:44 
8Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops  
9Deborah Paine (NZl) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
10Anet Barrera Esparza (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
11Marta Lach (Pol) CCC-Liv0:01:36 
12Chiara Perini (Ita) BePink0:01:46 
13Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb0:02:10 
14Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:07:34 
15Megan Barker (GBr) Drops0:09:08 
16Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally UHC Cycling0:09:45 
17Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb0:11:36 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1WNt Rotor Pro Cycling Team7:50:12 
2Team Sunweb0:00:07 
3Astana Women's Team0:00:10 
4Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team0:00:12 
5Valcar Cylance Cycling0:00:13 
6Rally UHC Cycling  
7Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:34 
8CCC-Liv0:01:05 
9Trek-Segafredo  
10Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:01:26 
11Hagens Berman-Supermint0:01:27 
12Sho-Air Twenty200:01:30 
13Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:03:25 
14Drops0:03:58 
15Swapit Agolico0:06:55 
16BePink0:11:30 

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