Sky takes control on Baldy, but Alaphilippe takes the win

Team Sky rode like a juggernaut Saturday at the Tour of California, taking control of the 128km Queen stage that ended at the top of Mt. Baldy after more than 3,500 metres of climbing. At the end of the day, however, it was Etixx-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe who came away with the stage win and the race's yellow jersey, leading former race leader Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) by just two seconds in the overall.

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.