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Bol wins final stage as Pogacar takes overall classification at 2019 Tour of California
UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar tied up the overall win at the 2019 Tour of California, getting through the final stage from Santa Clarita to Pasadena unscathed, having taken the race lead the previous day on Mount Baldy.
Stage 7 was won by Team Sunweb's Cees Bol, who outsprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Pogacar's UAE Team Emirates teammate Jasper Philipsen, topping off a tough week of racing that saw Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish retire from the race on the final stage.
Twenty-year-old Pogacar's overall win by 16 seconds over EF Education First's Sergio Higuita – with Deceuninck-QuickStep's Kasper Asgreen only a single second further back in third – was never truly in doubt, although Bora-Hansgrohe's Max Schachmann, who started the day 11th overall, 1:28 down on Pogacar, featured in the day's early breakaway, and at one point held the virtual race lead, and was later joined up front by Asgreen, who was a true danger man for Pogacar.
However, the race came back together in the final 10km, and the only real question then was who was going to win the bunch sprint, with Dutchman Bol coming out on top.
Pogacar, meanwhile, could celebrate the biggest win of his short career so far, while 21-year-old Colombian climber Higuita was arguably even more impressive in what was only his first WorldTour event, having only joined EF Ecucation First from Continental team Euskadi ahead of the race.
Third-placed Asgreen – just 24 – also continued his rapid rise in what is only the Dane's first full season in the WorldTour with Deceuninck-QuickStep, having joined the Belgian team in April last year.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb||2:53:16|
|2||Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|3||Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates|
|4||Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida|
|5||Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck-QuickStep|
|6||Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Ineos|
|7||Travis McCabe (USA) USA National Team|
|8||Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk|
|9||Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin|
|10||Edwin Avila (Col) Israel Cycling Academy|
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates||32:55:12|
|2||Sergio Andres Higuita (Col) EF Education First||0:00:16|
|3||Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep||0:00:17|
|4||George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma||0:00:29|
|5||Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo||0:00:41|
|6||Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin||0:01:03|
|7||Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis, Solutions Credits||0:01:18|
|8||Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|9||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education First||0:01:22|
|10||Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:01:23|
Tour of California 201912 May 2019 - 18 May 2019 | California | WorldTour
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