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Tour of California Women's Race 2019

Balsamo wins final stage of Tour of California while Van der Breggen takes overall title

Italy's Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Cylance Cycling) sprinted to victory on the third and final stage of the Tour of California Women's Race, which was won overall by world road race champion Anna van der Breggen ahead of her Boels Dolmans teammate and 2018 race winner Katie Hall, with CCC-Liv's Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio in third place.

Balsamo had finished second on the race's opening stage in Ventura, almost 20 seconds behind lone stage winner Van der Breggen, and was therefore thrilled to sprint home to the win on stage 3, getting the better of Astana's Arlenis Sierra and Leigh Ann Ganzar (Hagens Berman-Supermint).

Van der Breggen dominated the race to take her second overall title in California, having also won the race in 2017. The Dutchwoman won stage 1, and then was happy to see her teammate Hall win the second stage on to Mount Baldy, where Van der Breggen took second place, just behind the American, putting significant time into their rivals.

The third and final stage from Santa Clarita to Pasadena was still tough enough not to be considered a formality, and Van der Breggen was active throughout the day before it all came down to the bunch sprint that went in Balsamo's favour. 

Top 10

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling3:19:57
2Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team
3Leigh ann Ganzar (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint
4Chloe Dygert-Owen (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20
5Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb
6Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM
7Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo
8Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
9Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink
10Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling

Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team8:32:34
2Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:29
3Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv0:01:06
4Clara Koppenburg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:01:25
5Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM0:01:34
6Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:01:46
7Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:01:58
8Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM0:02:12
9Emma Grant (GBr) Sho-Air Twenty200:02:15
10Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv0:02:28