Tour of California: Cavendish makes it two in Lodi

Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) claimed his second consecutive stage of the Tour of California on Monday, topping Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) again in the bunch sprint in Lodi. Wouter Wippert (Drapac) hit out first but faded to third as the two world-class sprinters locked horns.

"[Sagan] came underneath me in the last corner, and it was perfect, Cavendish said. "With the pressure he’s under he would hit out early, so I was happy to come off his wheel. He actually did a good job of boxing me in so I had to really start the sprint late."

Cavendish's win further extended his race lead, now at eight seconds over Sagan, with breakaway rider Robin Carpenter (Hincapie Racing) moving into third thanks to his three time bonuses on the stage.

A massive crash with 10km to go disrupted the peloton. Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin), one of the pre-race favourites, lost major time, and Ben Jacques-Maynes (Jamis-Hagens Berman), who was riding in his last race after starting all 10 editions of the Tour of California, had to abandon with a dislocated shoulder and facial lacerations.

Carpenter’s breakaway, which also included Daniel Oss (BMC Racing) Markel Irizar (Trek Factory Racing) and Luis Amaran (Jamis-Hagens Berman) nearly stuck their escape all the way to the line, even after Amaran lost contact on the first of two 3.6km circuits in Lodi.

Cavendish said a lack of time checks in the last half of the stage added a level of confusion about how much of an advantage the breakaway had, forcing him to throw extra riders into the chase when they finally found out what the gap was.

"For about 70-80km we didn’t have a time check," Cavendish said. "We thought it was coming down but it was still four minutes with 30km to go.

"I don’t know where the motorbike was with the time check. One of the big things about the debate about not having radios in the race we need to know the time checks, and we didn’t know and it was almost game over."

The added horsepower in the chase left QuickStep with only Cavendish, Mark Renshaw, Matteo Trentin and Juilian Alaphilippe for the finale.

"That’s not easy on the finish circuits,” Cavendish said. “But they did a brilliant job, and then Tinkoff-Saxo came to take over in the last kilometre."

How it unfolded

Monday's 193.7km second stage started out lumpy and twisty on narrow rural roads. The riders contested three intermediate sprints and one KOM before the route flattened out for a slightly downhill run to the finish in Lodi.

As with the opening stage, a breakaway of four riders animated the day's racing. The move started when Daniel Oss (BMC Racing) and Markel Irizar (Trek Factory Racing) sneaked away from the bunch first, with Luis Amaran (Jamis-Hagens Berman) and Robin Carpenter (Hincapie Racing) bridging up to the move 28km into the stage.

The quartet had a gap of four minutes at the first intermediate sprint of the day at 40km, where Carpenter took the win and the three-second time bonus.

The gap went up to 5:10 about 75km into the stage, and Etixx-QuickStep controlled the front. After doing much of the work to bring back the breakaway to get the stage 1 win, QuickStep no doubt was expecting some of the other teams to come forward on Monday.

As the gap began to come down, Cavendish called for a nature break when it was at three minutes, possibly signaling to the other sprinters' teams that they wouldn't be getting a free ride on stage 2.

The QuickStep sprinter had a conversation in the bunch with Sagan after taking a dig at the Tinkoff rider's team in the stage 1 post-race press conference, but Cavendish said his team did the bulk of the chasing again today.

“Tinkoff did some at the end and MTN,” he said. “But it was already when the gap had come down a lot. It was almost touch and go whether we were get them.”

The gap came down below three minutes with 25km to go. The advantage was down to one minute with 12km remaining, and once again a bunch kick was inevitable.



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Full results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step4:47:02
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
3Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling
4John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
5Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
6Jempy Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
7Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Jamis - Hagens Berman
8Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka
9Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
10Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
11Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
12Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
13Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
14Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team
15Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop
16Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
17Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
18Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
19Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
20Dennis van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
21Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
22Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
23Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
24Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
25Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
26Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
27Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
28Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
29Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
30Gregory Obando Brenes (Crc) Jamis - Hagens Berman
31Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Racing Team
32Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
33Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop
34Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
35Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
36Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
37Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
38Michael Woods (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
39Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
40Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
41Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
42Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
43Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
44Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky
45Koen de Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
46Phillip Gaimon (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
47Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop
48Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
49Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
50Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step
51Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
52Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team
53Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing
54Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
55Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
56Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing
57Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Jamis - Hagens Berman
58Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
59Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
60Robert Sweeting (USA) Team SmartStop
61Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
62Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
63Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Axeon Cycling Team
64Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
65Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
66Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team
67Martin Kohler (Swi) Drapac Professional Cycling
68Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka
69Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
70Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
71Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
72Edward King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
73Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
74Justin Oien (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
75Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
76Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling Team
77Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky
78Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
79Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
80Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
81David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
82Ben King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
83Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing
84Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
85Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
86Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
87Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
88Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
89Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team
90William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
91Nicolae Tanovitchii (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
92Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
93Theo Bos (Ned) MTN - Qhubeka
94Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
95Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka
96Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
97Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
98Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:22
99Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
100Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
101Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
102Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
103Toms Skujin_ (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team
104Travis Livermon (USA) Team SmartStop
105James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling Team0:00:42
106Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
107Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:47
108Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Hagens Berman0:00:50
109Joseph Schmalz (USA) Hincapie Racing Team0:00:56
110Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:04
111Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:30
112Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:09
113Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:31
114Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
115Matthew Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka
116Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
117Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
118Evan Huffman (USA) Team SmartStop
119Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
120Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
121Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:03:56
122Scott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk0:04:01
123Campbell Flakemore (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:04:11
124Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky
125Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky
126Chris Butler (USA) Team SmartStop0:04:54
127Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:05:44
128Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:06:24
129Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
130Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
131Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk
132Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
133Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
134Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step
135Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
136Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka
137Stephen Leece (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman
138Carson Miller (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman
139David Williams (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman0:10:50
140Jos van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:11:40
141Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin0:15:05
DNFBen Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman
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Sprint 1 - Meadow Vista
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing Team5pts
2Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing3
3Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Hagens Berman1
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Sprint 2 - Cool
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing Team5pts
2Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing3
3Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team1
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Sprint 3 - El Dorado Hills
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing Team5pts
2Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing3
3Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step15pts
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo12
3Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling10
4John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling7
5Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing6
6Jempy Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team5
7Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Jamis - Hagens Berman4
8Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka3
9Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop2
10Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin1
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Climb 1 - CA49
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing Team4pts
2Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team3
3Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing2
4Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Hagens Berman1
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing4:47:02
2Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team
3Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
4Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
5Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
6Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
7Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
8Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
9Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
10Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team
11Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
12Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
13Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Axeon Cycling Team
14Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
15Justin Oien (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
16Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling Team
17Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
18Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
19Nicolae Tanovitchii (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
20Geoffrey Curran (USA)