Tour of California: Sagan wins in Morro Bay

Peter Sagan made it a double day for his Bora-Hansgrohe team, adding his 16th Tour of California stage victory to the continued race lead of his teammate Rafal Majka.

Sagan played off a 400m-to-go attack by Cannondale-Drapac's Taylor Phinney, using the American as the rubber band for his slingshot and then blasting past Katusha's Rick Zabel to take the win in Morro Bay. Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) pipped Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) for third on the stage.

Asked in the post-race press conference how the final metres played out, the world champion, who often rides by instinct, had a smile answer.

"I don't remember," Sagan said. "I was afar way behind, and from the second last turn right I was really far behind, and after I start to recover a little bit of position in the front. After I did the last turn it was just a big mess in the front, and then I just started sprinting and kept going in the front. I don't remember what happened."

After a day long breakaway swept up the intermediate sprint bonuses, Majka keeps his two-second lead over LottoNl-Jumbo's George Bennett, with Ian Boswell (Team Sky) still in third.

How it unfolded

At 192.5km stage 3 from Pismo Beach to Morro Bay was the longest of the 2017 race, and many riders likely recognised the majority of the stage from 2015 when it started a few kilometres down the coast in Avila Beach.

Pismo Beach and Morro Bay are less than 40km apart as the crow flies, so the stage actually headed inland far south of Pismo Beach, then turned back toward the coast after tackling the only climb of the day, the third-category Tepusquet Road that came at 84km.

In the finale, riders made a right turn off a beach road in Morro Bay with about 500 metres to go and immediately faced a short, steep ramp of about 50 metres. From there the road leveled out slightly but continued uphill all the way to the finish.

The long day in the saddle didn't seem to discourage the escape attempts, as five riders took off from the bunch after just a few minutes of racing. In the breakaway were Rally Cycling's Danny Pate, UAE Team Emirates' Federico Zurlo Novo Nordisk's David Lozano and a Jelly Belly-Belly Maxxis duo of Sean Bennett and Ben Wolfe, who was the most courageous jersey from the breakaway in stage 1.

The leaders benefited from a strong tailwind blowing them down the Pacific coast, and the gap was quickly over five minutes less than 20km into the race. The quintet rolled through the first of two intermediate sprints, with Zurlo taking the three-second time bonus ahead of Bennett and Lozano.

Quick-Step moved to the front to assist Bora-Hansgrohe with the chase, and the gap started coming down as the leaders made their way toward the KOM on Tepusquet Road. Lozano took top honours on the climb, and the leaders ripped down the descent.

From a maximum of 5:45, the gap was whittled down to just 2:10 with 55km to go as the leaders turned back toward Morro Bay. The gap was soon below two minutes, and the adventure off the front appeared to be doomed, although the escapees maintained their gap at just over a minute as they approached the second intermediate sprint with 28.5km to go.

Zurlo took the points and the top time bonus there, but the field continued to close in behind. The gap dipped below a minute for the first time with 20km to go, and with Juraj Sagan taking monster pulls to set up brother Peter, it was down to just 40 seconds a kilometre later.

Wolfe sensed the catch as the team cars were moved out of the gap and launched an attack against his breakaway companions, mirroring the move he made near the end of stage 1. Wolfe maintained a gap of 44 seconds with 12km to go as the other four escapees faded back into the field. Wolfe lingered long enough out front to earn his second jersey for most courageous rider in three stages, but he was also soon back in the fold.

With the breakaway in check, the sprinters' teams began positioning for the technical final kilometres, where Bora dropped Sagan off at the front of the peloton, and the world champion took over from there.

Full Results

Swipe to scroll horizontally
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe4:53:26
2Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 1 - Cell 2
3Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 2 - Cell 2
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-AlpecinRow 3 - Cell 2
5Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 5 - Cell 2
7Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 6 - Cell 2
8Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 7 - Cell 2
9Travis Mccabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 9 - Cell 2
11Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 11 - Cell 2
13Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 12 - Cell 2
14Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-SegafredoRow 14 - Cell 2
16George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:03
17Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 18 - Cell 2
20Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 19 - Cell 2
21Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 22 - Cell 2
24Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 23 - Cell 2
25Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo NordiskRow 25 - Cell 2
27Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 26 - Cell 2
28Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 27 - Cell 2
29Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 29 - Cell 2
31Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 30 - Cell 2
32Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 31 - Cell 2
33Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 32 - Cell 2
34Elia Viviani (Ita) Team SkyRow 33 - Cell 2
35Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 34 - Cell 2
36Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Colin Joyce (USA) Rally CyclingRow 36 - Cell 2
38Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 37 - Cell 2
39Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team SkyRow 38 - Cell 2
40Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 39 - Cell 2
41Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 40 - Cell 2
42Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally CyclingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension DataRow 42 - Cell 2
44Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Ben King (USA) Dimension DataRow 44 - Cell 2
46Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 45 - Cell 2
47Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 46 - Cell 2
48Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 47 - Cell 2
49Adam De Vos (Can) Rally CyclingRow 48 - Cell 2
50Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension DataRow 49 - Cell 2
51Matteo Dal Cin (Can) Rally CyclingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 51 - Cell 2
53Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 52 - Cell 2
54Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 54 - Cell 2
56Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo NordiskRow 56 - Cell 2
58Janier Acevedo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 58 - Cell 2
60Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE) UAE Team EmiratesRow 59 - Cell 2
61Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 62 - Cell 2
64Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 63 - Cell 2
65Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team SunwebRow 64 - Cell 2
66Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 65 - Cell 2
67Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 66 - Cell 2
68Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 67 - Cell 2
69David Lopez (Spa) Team SkyRow 68 - Cell 2
70Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 69 - Cell 2
71Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 70 - Cell 2
72David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 71 - Cell 2
73Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 72 - Cell 2
74Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 73 - Cell 2
75Mathias Leturnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 74 - Cell 2
76Greg Henderson (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 76 - Cell 2
78Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo NordiskRow 77 - Cell 2
79Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 78 - Cell 2
80Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 79 - Cell 2
81Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 80 - Cell 2
82Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 81 - Cell 2
83Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension DataRow 82 - Cell 2
84Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 83 - Cell 2
85Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 84 - Cell 2
86Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 87 - Cell 2
89Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 89 - Cell 2
91Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo NordiskRow 90 - Cell 2
92Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team0:00:26
93Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 92 - Cell 2
94Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:28
95Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:00:31
96Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 95 - Cell 2
97Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 96 - Cell 2
98Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 98 - Cell 2
100Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 99 - Cell 2
101Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 100 - Cell 2
102Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 101 - Cell 2
103Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:36
104Andrea Guardini (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 103 - Cell 2
105Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team EmiratesRow 104 - Cell 2
106Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 105 - Cell 2
107Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:00:39
108Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 107 - Cell 2
109Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:45
110Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:00:52
111Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:00:54
112Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:00
113Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky0:01:02
114Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:11
115Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension DataRow 114 - Cell 2
116Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors0:01:15
117Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky0:01:19
118Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling0:01:41
119Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:50
122Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:01:54
123Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:07
124Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling0:02:13
125Martin Velits (Svk) Quick-Step FloorsRow 124 - Cell 2
126Evan Huffman (USA) Rally CyclingRow 125 - Cell 2
127Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 126 - Cell 2
128Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:23
129Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:02:41
130Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data0:03:06
DNFChris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 130 - Cell 2
Swipe to scroll horizontally
Intermedaite sprint 1 - Orcutt, km. 40.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates3pts
2Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis2Row 1 - Cell 3
3David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk1Row 2 - Cell 3
Swipe to scroll horizontally
Intermedaite sprint 2 - San Luis Obispo, km. 164
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates3pts
2Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis2Row 1 - Cell 3
3David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk1Row 2 - Cell 3
Swipe to scroll horizontally
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe15pts
2Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Travis Mccabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb1Row 9 - Cell 3
Swipe to scroll horizontally
Mountain 1 - Tepusquet Rd summit, km. 84
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk3pts
2Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis1Row 2 - Cell 3
Swipe to scroll horizontally
Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin4:53:26
2Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 1 - Cell 2
3Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 2 - Cell 2
4Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:03
6Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 5 - Cell 2
7Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 7 - Cell 2
9Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Colin Joyce (USA) Rally CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team SkyRow 10 - Cell 2
12Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 11 - Cell 2
13Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally CyclingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension DataRow 13 - Cell 2
15Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 14 - Cell 2
16Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 16 - Cell 2
18Adam De Vos (Can) Rally CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 18 - Cell 2
20Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 19 - Cell 2
21Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team SunwebRow 21 - Cell 2
23Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 23 - Cell 2
25Mathias Leturnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 24 - Cell 2
26Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 25 - Cell 2
27Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 26 - Cell 2
28Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 27 - Cell 2
29Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension DataRow 28 - Cell 2
30Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 29 - Cell 2
31Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 32 - Cell 2
34Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 33 - Cell 2
35Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team0:00:26
36Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 35 - Cell 2
37Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:00:31
38Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 37 - Cell 2
39Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 38 - Cell 2
40Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:45
41Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:00
42Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky0:01:02
43Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:11
44Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky0:01:19
45Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:13
46Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:23
47Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:02:41
Swipe to scroll horizontally
Combativity
Rider Name (Country) Team
Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
Swipe to scroll horizontally
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katusha-Alpecin14:40:21
2Team SunwebRow 1 - Cell 2
3Astana Pro TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4BMC Racing Team0:00:03
5Cannondale-DrapacRow 4 - Cell 2
6Trek-SegafredoRow 5 - Cell 2
7Quick-Step FloorsRow 6 - Cell 2
8Team LottoNl-JumboRow 7 - Cell 2
9Bora-HansgroheRow 8 - Cell 2
10Dimension DataRow 9 - Cell 2
11UAE Team EmiratesRow 10 - Cell 2
12UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:06
14Team SkyRow 13 - Cell 2