Tour of California Women's Race: Van der Breggen seals overall

Balsamo takes victory on final stage in Pasadena

Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Cylance Cycling) won the final stage of the Women's Tour of California, outsprinting Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women's Team) and Leigh Ann Ganzar (Hagens Berman-Supermint) in Pasadena on Saturday. With a bunch sprint to finish the race, yellow jersey Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) secured the overall victory – her third of the season.

"I have no words," said Balsamo after the stage. "This is my first WorldTour win and I'm so happy. I have to thank my teammates. I'm very happy.

"Yesterday was very hard, but we knew that today would be easier. It wasn't that easy, but I could stay with the first group on the climb and my team did a great job."

How it happened

Stage 3 took the peloton from Santa Clarita to Pasadena, covering 126 kilometres through the mountainous Angeles National Forest and finishing with three laps of a circuit around Rose Bowl Stadium.

The race was on from the start as many riders tried to attack, but it took until 94 km to go before a move by Lily Williams (Hagens Berman-Supermint) led to a group of 15 riders breaking away. Team Sunweb were represented in the break with white jersey Juliette Labous and Pernille Mathiesen, while Brodie Chapman (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) was best-placed overall, 1:47 minutes behind Van der Breggen.

The break started the climb up the Angeles Forest Highway 45 seconds ahead of the peloton, where Van der Breggen took matters into her own hands and took up the chase. The yellow jersey wearer bridged to the front on her own about halfway up the climb. Things calmed down a bit after this, enabling riders to come back from behind.

Jasmin Duehring (Sho-Air Twenty20) attacked next, taking Liliana Moreno (Astana Women's Team), Pauliena Rooijakkers (CCC-Liv), and WNT-Rotor teammates Erica Magnaldi and Kathrin Hammes with her. Moreno won the mountain sprint with 64 km to go, passing stage 2 winner Katie Hall in the QOM classification and winning the mountains jersey.

Ruth Winder (Trek-Segafredo), Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) and Labous caught up to the front on the descent, and the eight riders had eked out an advantage of 45 seconds at the start of the unclassified climb on Angel Crest Highway. Again, it was Van der Breggen who took responsibility for the chase. She had almost closed the gap when Rooijakkers counter-attacked and was joined by Hammes.

With their six former companions reeled in by the peloton, Rooijakkers and Hammes could build an advantage of 1:30 minutes. They still had 55 seconds after the high-speed descent into Pasadena, but as both had also been part of the large break earlier on the stage, they were starting to tire.

The gap had shrunk further to 30 seconds with three laps around the Rose Bowl left to race, and to less than 15 seconds at the start of the penultimate lap. Asian continental champion Olga Zabelinskaya (Cogeas Mettler Look) and Italian champion Marta Cavalli (Valcar-Cylance) bridged to Hammes and Rooijakkers and kept the break going, but the chasing peloton was only a few seconds behind by that point. For her efforts, Hammes was awarded the Most Courageous Rider jersey.

Cavalli put in a last-ditch attack as the break was finally reeled in, but she was caught in the final kilometre. US road race champion Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) was well positioned going into the sprint, but suffered a mechanical with 250 metres to go. Balsamo came around Ganzar 100 metres from the line, sprinting to her first UCI Women's WorldTour victory.

In addition to the yellow jersey for overall victory, Van der Breggen also toom home the green points jersey, while Labous won the white jersey for best young rider. The UCI Women's WorldTour ranking continues to be led by Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott), who will return to defend her lead at the next race in the series: the Emakumeen Bira, starting on Wednesday 22 May.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling3:19:57 
2Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team  
3Leigh ann Ganzar (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
4Chloe Dygert-Owen (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
5Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb  
6Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
7Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo  
8Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
9Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink  
10Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling  
11Jannie Milena Salcedo Zambrano (Col) Swapit Agolico  
12Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
13Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
14Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv  
15Erica Clevenger (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
16Alice Cobb (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
17Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
18Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM  
19Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
20Clara Koppenburg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
21Emma Grant (GBr) Sho-Air Twenty20  
22Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
23Kathrin Hammes (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
24Erica Magnaldi (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
25Edwige Pitel (Fra) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
26Marie Soleil Blais (Can) Astana Women's Team  
27Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
28Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM  
29Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb  
30Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv  
31Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
32Amber Leone Neben (USA) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
33Jasmin Duehring (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20  
34Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
35Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb0:00:14 
36Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
37Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM0:00:41 
38Ariadna Gutierrez Arzaluz (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:03:54 
39Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team  
40Anet Barrera Esparza (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
41Jennifer Luebke (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
42Deborah Paine (NZl) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team0:05:29 
43Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
44Marta Lach (Pol) CCC-Liv  
45Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo  
46Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM  
47Abigail Mickey (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
48Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink  
49Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
50Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team  
51Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Mex) Astana Women's Team  
52Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
53Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
54Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
55Heidi Franz (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
56Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
57Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
58Chiara Perini (Ita) BePink  
59Emily Newsom (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
60Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally UHC Cycling  
61Ana Cristina Sanabria Sanchez (Col) Swapit Agolico  
62Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
63Andrea Ramírez Fregoso (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
64Brenda Andrea Santoyo Perez (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
65Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
66Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
67Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
68Whitney Allison (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
69Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
70Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb  
71Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb  
72Anna Christian (GBr) Drops  
73Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops  
74Megan Barker (GBr) Drops  
75Elinor Barker (GBr) Drops  
76Evy Kuijpers (Ned) CCC-Liv  
DNFTiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM  
DNFSimona Frapporti (Ita) BePink  
DNFAlison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
Sprint 1 - Acton (45km)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jannie Milena Salcedo Zambrano (Col) Swapit Agolico3 pts
2Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv2 
3Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank1 
Sprint 2 - Pasadena (finish, 126km)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling15 pts
2Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team12 
3Leigh ann Ganzar (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint9 
4Chloe Dygert-Owen (USA) Sho-Air Twenty207 
5Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb6 
6Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM5 
7Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo4 
8Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank3 
9Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink2 
10Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling1 
Mountain 1 - Angeles Forest Highway Summit (64km)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team3 pts
2Jasmin Duehring (Can) Sho-Air Twenty202 
3Kathrin Hammes (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling1 
Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling3:19:57 
2Chloe Dygert-Owen (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20  
3Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb  
4Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
5Anet Barrera Esparza (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:03:54 
6Deborah Paine (NZl) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team0:05:29 
7Marta Lach (Pol) CCC-Liv  
8Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
9Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling  
10Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
11Chiara Perini (Ita) BePink  
12Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally UHC Cycling  
13Andrea Ramírez Fregoso (Mex) Swapit Agolico  
14Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb  
15Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb  
16Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops  
17Megan Barker (GBr) Drops  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sho-Air Twenty209:59:51 
2Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
3Canyon-Sram Racing  
4WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
5Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team  
6Team Sunweb0:00:14 
8Astana Women's Team0:03:54 
9Rally UHC Cycling0:05:29 
10Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
12Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
13Hagens Berman-Supermint  
14Swapit Agolico0:07:48 
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team8:32:34 
2Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:29 
3Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv0:01:06 
4Clara Koppenburg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:01:25 
5Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM0:01:34 
6Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:01:46 
7Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:01:58 
8Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM0:02:12 
9Emma Grant (GBr) Sho-Air Twenty200:02:15 
10Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv0:02:28 
11Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:02:32 
12Amber Leone Neben (USA) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team0:02:37 
13Edwige Pitel (Fra) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team0:02:44 
14Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo0:02:46 
15Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb0:02:53 
16Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb0:03:03 
17Erica Magnaldi (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:03:07 
18Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team0:04:00 
19Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team0:04:02 
20Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:04:05 
21Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM  
22Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:07:06 
23Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team0:07:56 
24Anet Barrera Esparza (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:08:45 
25Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM0:08:48 
26Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:09:03 
27Jasmin Duehring (Can) Sho-Air Twenty200:09:07 
28Kathrin Hammes (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:09:42 
29Marie Soleil Blais (Can) Astana Women's Team0:10:11 
30Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb0:10:47 
31Whitney Allison (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:11:25 
32Erica Clevenger (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:12:00 
33Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:12:48 
34Emily Newsom (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
35Leigh ann Ganzar (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:12:59 
36Anna Christian (GBr) Drops0:15:03 
37Elinor Barker (GBr) Drops0:15:05 
38Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:15:48 
39Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:16:13 
40Andrea Ramírez Fregoso (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:16:34 
41Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling0:17:40 
42Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb0:17:46 
43Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink0:18:08 
44Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint  
45Chloe Dygert-Owen (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:18:15 
46Deborah Paine (NZl) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team0:18:32 
47Jannie Milena Salcedo Zambrano (Col) Swapit Agolico0:18:38 
48Jessica Cerra (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:19:24 
49Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo0:19:36 
50Jennifer Luebke (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:20:27 
51Marta Lach (Pol) CCC-Liv0:22:03 
52Heidi Franz (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:22:41 
53Ariadna Gutierrez Arzaluz (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:22:51 
54Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops0:23:09 
55Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:23:47 
56Alice Cobb (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:24:19 
57Evy Kuijpers (Ned) CCC-Liv0:24:43 
58Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:25:00 
59Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:25:42 
60Brenda Andrea Santoyo Perez (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:26:20 
61Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:26:34 
62Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team0:26:51 
63Chiara Perini (Ita) BePink0:27:05 
64Abigail Mickey (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:27:09 
65Allie Dragoo (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:27:38 
66Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
67Ana Cristina Sanabria Sanchez (Col) Swapit Agolico0:29:09 
68Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:29:45 
69Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM0:29:51 
70Liza Rachetto (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint0:30:27 
71Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink0:30:55 
72Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:32:47 
73Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Mex) Astana Women's Team0:33:09 
74Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally UHC Cycling0:34:08 
75Megan Barker (GBr) Drops0:34:15 
76Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb0:34:50 
Final sprints classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team30 pts
2Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling27 
3Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team21 
4Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team15 
5Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv15 
6Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb13 
7Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM10 
8Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank10 
9Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo9 
10Leigh ann Ganzar (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint9 
11Clara Koppenburg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling7 
12Chloe Dygert-Owen (USA) Sho-Air Twenty207 
13Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM6 
14Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM5 
15Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling4 
16Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling3 
17Jannie Milena Salcedo Zambrano (Col) Swapit Agolico3 
18Emma Grant (GBr) Sho-Air Twenty203 
19Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling2 
20Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv2 
21Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink2 
22Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team2 
23Amber Leone Neben (USA) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team1 
24Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team1 
25Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling1 
26Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling1 
27Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank1 
Final mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team21 pts
2Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team18 
3Anna Christian (GBr) Drops16 
4Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team13 
5Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv12 
6Clara Koppenburg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling9 
7Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM8 
8Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM7 
9Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank6 
10Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team6 
11Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb6 
12Emma Grant (GBr) Sho-Air Twenty205 
13Kathrin Hammes (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling4 
14Jasmin Duehring (Can) Sho-Air Twenty202 
15Elinor Barker (GBr) Drops2 
16Trixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo1 
17Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez (Mex) Astana Women's Team1 
Final best young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb8:35:37 
2Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:01:02 
3Anet Barrera Esparza (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:05:42 
4Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:09:45 
5Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:13:10 
6Andrea Ramírez Fregoso (Mex) Swapit Agolico0:13:31 
7Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb0:14:43 
8Chloe Dygert-Owen (USA) Sho-Air Twenty200:15:12 
9Deborah Paine (NZl) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team0:15:29 
10Marta Lach (Pol) CCC-Liv0:19:00 
11Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops0:20:06 
12Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling0:22:39 
13Chiara Perini (Ita) BePink0:24:02 
14Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:29:44 
15Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally UHC Cycling0:31:05 
16Megan Barker (GBr) Drops0:31:12 
17Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb0:31:47 
Final teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Canyon-Sram Racing25:45:37 
2Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team0:01:29 
3WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:02:34 
5Team Sunweb0:08:48 
6Sho-Air Twenty200:11:33 
7Astana Women's Team0:14:22 
9Rally UHC Cycling0:19:30 
10Valcar Cylance Cycling0:19:45 
11Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team0:20:41 
12Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:22:52 
13Hagens Berman-Supermint0:29:36 
14Swapit Agolico0:32:52 

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