Tour of California: Phinney wins stage 5 with late attack

BMC Racing’s Taylor Phinney got the win he wanted at the Tour of California when he soloed to the Stage 5 finish line in Santa Barbara on Thursday. The American time trial specialist attacked on the descent off of San Marcos Pass and won the race with few seconds to spare ahead of a dwindled bunch sprint led by Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge).

"It's huge to win at home, in front of a home crowd," Phinney said. "I'm from Colorado but I spend a lot of time in Santa Barbara, and I've done that descent many times. It's always special to win, but to win like that is the best way.

"I was never 100 per cent confident, but I knew that with 5km to go I had 30 seconds ... but that road along the coast took a long time. I just went for it, and once I could feel the energy of the crowd - we live for that magic of the moment - it was very special."

There was no change to the overall classification with Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) leading the race by 28 seconds ahead of Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) and 1:09 minutes ahead of Tiago Machado.

"Everyone felt the heat today," Wiggins said. "That was the hottest day I’ve ever experienced on my bike. Some guys will suffer for it, but it’s the same for everyone. I rode Mountain High and know what to expect. They are predicting cooler temperatures tomorrow, so that will be good for everyone."

The peloton lined up on the historic Pismo Beach Pier for the start of the fifth stage of the Tour of California. The warm weather continued with temperatures in the high 90s Fahrenheit. The 173.8km stage was rolling and included a late-race climb over San Marcos Pass before descending into Santa Barbara.

An early move went that included Michael Schär (BMC Racing), Danny van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing), Maarten Wynants (Belkin), Isaac Bolivar (UnitedHealthcare), Iker Camano (NetApp-Endura) and Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis).

Van Poppel took full points at the first intermediate sprint in Arroyo Grande, 25km into the race, and Camano picked them up at the second sprint in Nipomo, 35.5km into the race.

Wynants was the highest placed on GC, sitting 9:44 minutes behind Wiggins, however, Team Sky, with some help from Cannondale, kept the breakaway at a safe two-minute lead and reduced the gap to under a minute near the base of San Marcos Pass.

Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) made a move out of the peloton at the base of San Marcos Pass. The attack was rather expected, a typical Voigt move, and a smiliar moved that he made before winning in Avila Beach last year. This time he wasn’t as successful and was brought back a few minutes later.

Wynants was the last of the breakaway riders to make an attack but he was reabsorbed into the field partway up the climb. The field was together in a long sraight line with Team Sky and Cannondale setting a quick pace.

Sagan, who was still in the group toward the top of the climb, sent more of his Cannondale teammate George Bennett to the front to increase the speeds, just enough for him to stay with the main group while also getting rid of other potential sprint threats.

The first attack came from Daniel Jaramillo (Jamis-Hagens Berman), a rider who showed his climbing potential after winning atop Mogollon at the Tour of the Gila. early this season. The Colombia gained a few meters on the field before being caught.

Will Routely (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) jumped out of the field near the top of the climb to pick up full points in the King of the Mountain competition. The Canadian won previous day’s fourth stage in Cambria and was leading both the KOM and the Sprint competitions heading into the fifth stage.

“I think some of the other guys who had point weren’t in the group anymore,” Routley said. “I felt good on that last climb and thought that if I could sprint for it then I’d be secure with the point I have now.”

Routley was planning on contesting the potential bunch spring aswell, however, his GC teammate Carter Jones flatted on the climb and he stopped to give him a wheel.

Phinney snuck off the front of the field in a tuck position on the descent, gaining 25 seconds. The time trial specialist was a threat to the other team’s sprinters left in the main field, all except for Greg van Avermaet, who sat in the field protected from the wind on the descent with 20km to go.

When asked why he decided to attack on the descent, Phinney said, “"Stupidity maybe? Sometimes you just have a voice inside that says go. I know I can go downhill faster than everyone else, mainly because I weigh more than everyone else. Something inside me said to go for it. I got to the bottom with a gap and said, 'well, I'm committed now.' I kept getting splits from the moto and it was looking good. The more I went the more painful it got, but I knew it would be worth it if I made it. It's the best way to win, like that."

Cannondale rallied their leadout to help set up Sagan for the final sprint followed by Orica-GreenEdge for its sprinter, Goss. Phinney, however, was completely committed to his solo move and increased his lead to 40 seconds as he raced into Santa Barbara.

 

Results

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Stage 5 results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team3:59:33
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:00:12
3Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 2 - Cell 2
4Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory RacingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 5 - Cell 2
7Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 6 - Cell 2
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 8 - Cell 2
10Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 9 - Cell 2
11Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Jamis - Hagens BermanRow 10 - Cell 2
12Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin SharpRow 12 - Cell 2
14Robert Víctor Squire (USA) Jamis - Hagens BermanRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 14 - Cell 2
16Daniel Jaramillo Díez (Col) Jamis - Hagens BermanRow 15 - Cell 2
17Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 17 - Cell 2
19Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team SkyRow 18 - Cell 2
20Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin SharpRow 19 - Cell 2
21Clément Chevrier (Fra) Bissell Development TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team SkyRow 21 - Cell 2
23Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 22 - Cell 2
24Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdgeRow 23 - Cell 2
25David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 24 - Cell 2
26Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 25 - Cell 2
27Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Hagens BermanRow 26 - Cell 2
28Benjamin King (USA) Garmin SharpRow 27 - Cell 2
29Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdgeRow 30 - Cell 2
32Gregory Brenes (CRc) Jamis - Hagens BermanRow 31 - Cell 2
33Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdgeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin SharpRow 35 - Cell 2
37Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory RacingRow 36 - Cell 2
38Javier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin SharpRow 37 - Cell 2
39Kristijan Koren (Slo) CannondaleRow 38 - Cell 2
40Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 39 - Cell 2
41George Bennett (NZl) CannondaleRow 40 - Cell 2
42Danny Pate (USA) Team SkyRow 41 - Cell 2
43Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis - Hagens BermanRow 42 - Cell 2
44Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale0:01:23
46Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing0:00:12
47José Joao Pimenta Costa (Por) Team NetApp-Endura0:03:51
48Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory RacingRow 48 - Cell 2
50Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Fabio Sabatini (Ita) CannondaleRow 50 - Cell 2
52Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 51 - Cell 2
53Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory RacingRow 52 - Cell 2
54Luis Lemus (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 53 - Cell 2
55Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 54 - Cell 2
56Edward King (USA) CannondaleRow 55 - Cell 2
57Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 56 - Cell 2
58William Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 57 - Cell 2
59Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo NordiskRow 58 - Cell 2
60John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 60 - Cell 2
62Alex Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 61 - Cell 2
63Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 62 - Cell 2
64Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 65 - Cell 2
67Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 67 - Cell 2
69Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 69 - Cell 2
71Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 72 - Cell 2
74Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 73 - Cell 2
75Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Nicolai Brochner (Den) Bissell Development TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Team SkyRow 76 - Cell 2
78Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin SharpRow 78 - Cell 2
80Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 79 - Cell 2
81Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Bissell Development TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 82 - Cell 2
84Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:07:30
88Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 87 - Cell 2
89Nicolas Lefrançois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:10:45
90Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory RacingRow 89 - Cell 2
91David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 90 - Cell 2
92Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 91 - Cell 2
93Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis - Hagens BermanRow 92 - Cell 2
94Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:11:43
95Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 95 - Cell 2
97Ken Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Kirk Carlsen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 100 - Cell 2
102Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 101 - Cell 2
103Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo NordiskRow 102 - Cell 2
104Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Jamis - Hagens BermanRow 103 - Cell 2
105Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 105 - Cell 2
107Cameron Wurf (Aus) CannondaleRow 106 - Cell 2
108Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Kevin De Masmaeker (Bel) Team Novo NordiskRow 109 - Cell 2
111Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Guillaume Boivin (Can) CannondaleRow 112 - Cell 2
114Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdgeRow 113 - Cell 2
115Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 114 - Cell 2
116Nathan Earle (Aus) Team SkyRow 115 - Cell 2
117Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 116 - Cell 2
118Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory RacingRow 117 - Cell 2
119Alex Howes (USA) Garmin SharpRow 118 - Cell 2
120Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 119 - Cell 2
121Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin SharpRow 120 - Cell 2
122Charles Bradley Huff (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 121 - Cell 2
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Points - Arroyo Grande
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing5pts
2Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Nippomo
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura5pts
2Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Santa Barbara (Finish)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team15pts
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp-Endura1Row 9 - Cell 3
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KOM - San Marcos Pass
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1William Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies10pts
2Clément Chevrier (Fra) Bissell Development Team9Row 1 - Cell 3
3Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky7Row 2 - Cell 3
4Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky5Row 4 - Cell 3
6Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp4Row 5 - Cell 3
7Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team2Row 6 - Cell 3
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing3:59:45
2Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 1 - Cell 2
3Carlos Verona Qu