Bradley Wiggins wins Tour of California 2014

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was dropped on the day’s decisive climb but made his way back into the peloton just in time to win the bunch sprint during Sunday's final stage at the Tour of California. He jumped with several hundred meters to go and won the gallop to the line ahead of John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale).

Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins took the overall win ahead of Garmin-Sharp’s Rohan Dennis and Giant-Shimano's Lawson Craddock.

Cavendish said he almost didn't take the start for the final stage, considering the lumpy profile and how he had been climbing, and he was surprised to be able to come back to win the stage. It nearly didn't work out for him after a puncture on the base of the Rock Store climb earlier in the race.

"I punctured at the bottom of the climb and had to ride the whole climb on my own, chasing," Cavendish said. "I chased all the way and caught back on the descent. I figured if I could do that I'm going OK, I'll try to hang on the last lap. I did that, my team waited with me, we floored the descent and gained a lot of time back on the descent. My team were incredible pulling back the group. They had some goods today."

Cavendish hit the front of the fast, wide-open sprint and powered away in the last 50 meters, but he was nearly surprised at the line by Degenkolb, who was coming up fast on his right.

"Finally I was lucky to win," Cavendish said. "I celebrated a bit early, John [Degenkolb] nearly came by. I don't want to see the photo finish."

Wiggins, who wore yellow since the stage 2 individual time trial, lavished his team with credit.

"I've said it every day, without those guys I wouldn't be here right now," Wiggins said. "As strong as my performance was individually in the time trial, the team have took the strain all week. Those young Americans on our team did a fantastic job - Joe [Dombrowski], [Ian] Boswell, Danny [Pate]. Even today they didn't give up the chase, they came back still after the climb. It was a fantastic way to finish."

The 2012 Tour de France champion rated his victory in California as a satisfying one.

"It's always an honor to wear the yellow jersey," he said. "But I set my stool out to win the Tour of California, and I wanted to add my name to the guys have come before, and I've done that now. At 34 it's nice to still be winning."

A late-race breakaway included Jack Bobridge (Belkin), who was part of an original all-day move, along with new recruits Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare), Eloy Teruel (Jamis-Hagens Berman) and Jens Keukeleire (Orica-GreenEdge), who jumped across to Bobridge before the start of the short finishing circuits. The breakaway held a 20 second gap on the last of three circuits, but they were reabsorbed into the field with 5km to go.

Cavendish also popped out of the group on the final climb, but he joined leadout man Mark Renshaw along with BMC riders Thor Hushovd and Taylor Phinney in a successful chase back to the front.

Team Sky led the peloton around the final circuit, keeping the speeds fast to protect the race leader. Cannondale followed close behind with its sprinter, Sagan, who was eager to win another stage after getting his first victory of the tour the day before in Pasadena.

"We wanted to come on the front without the other sprinters," said Sagan, whose team had done yeoman's work at the front throughout the stage. But in the finale all of the favorite fast men were there. Giant-Shimano, BMC Racing and Orica-GreenEdge also joined in the leadouts on the way to the finish line, but it was Cavendish and Omega Pharma that collected the final stage prize.

"I just wanted to follow Peter and jump when he hit out," Cavendish said of the finale. "So I tried to follow him, and then Giant came so I got in there and squeezed Degenkolb out as we came through the last corner. Peter launched, and I knew with 200 to go I still had the speed after a week of racing, so I just went."

Sagan earned enough sprint points throughout the week to win his fifth consecutive green jersey in California. He said the points win, combined with his stage victory, made the week a success.

"I have five now," he said of the green points jersey. "And that's good."

Optum Pro Cycling's Will Routely won the final mountains classification, while Craddock won the jersey for best young rider. Garmin-Sharp won the prize for best team.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2:53:50
2John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
4Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
5Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
6Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team
7Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
8Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura
9Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp
10Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
11Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
12Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development Team
13Daniel Jaramillo Díez (Col) Jamis - Hagens Berman
14Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
15Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
16Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
17Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale
18Javier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp
19Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
20Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky
21Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge
22Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp-Endura
23David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura
24Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura
25Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team
26Clément Chevrier (Fra) Bissell Development Team
27Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
28Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
29Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano
30Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing
31Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
32Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
33Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
34Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
35Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
36Robert Víctor Squire (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman
37Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge
38Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp
39Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp
40Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky
41Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
42Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura
43Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
44Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Hagens Berman
45Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development Team
46Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Team Sky
47Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
48Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing
49Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale
50Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
51Gregory Brenes (CRc) Jamis - Hagens Berman
52Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin Sharp
53Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
54Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
55Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp
56Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano
57Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
58Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura0:00:12
59Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge
60Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
61William Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
62Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Jamis - Hagens Berman0:00:13
63Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
64Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky
65Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
66Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
67Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:17
68Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
69Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:20
70Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:00:24
71Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura
72Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
73Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
74Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:30
75José Joao Pimenta Costa (Por) Team NetApp-Endura0:00:33
76Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:42
77Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin Sharp0:00:59
78Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:02:28
79Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:05:12
80Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk0:08:58
81George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale0:09:25
82Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:11:53
83Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman
84Luis Enrique Lemus Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:13:06
85Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:14:07
86Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky
87Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
88Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
89Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale
90Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale
91Edward King (USA) Cannondale
92Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale
93Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Shimano
94Ken Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
95Kevin De Masmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk
96Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
97Alex Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
98Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
99Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
100Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team
101Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Bissell Development Team
DNFDaniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
DNFMoreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
DNFDennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
DNFJonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
DNFJohn Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
DNFCharles Bradley Huff (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNFEric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNFMatt Cooke (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman
DNFLawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team
DNFCalvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing
DNFDamien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
DNFJens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge
DNFJuan Jose Haedo (Arg) Jamis - Hagens Berman
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Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team5pts
2Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge3
3Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team1
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Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team5pts
2Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Jamis - Hagens Berman3
3Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team15pts
2John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano12
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale10
4Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge7
5Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing6
6Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team5
7Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team4
8Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura3
9Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp2
10Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team1
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Mountain 1 - Mullholland Hwy
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team4pts
2Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Shimano3
3Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team2
4Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team1