Sagan Sprints to Stage 7 Victory at Tour of California
Team Cannondale Pro Cycling's Peter Sagan earlier today powered to his first stage victory of this year's Amgen Tour of California, beating a strong Thor Hushovd (BMC Racing Team) in the finish line sprint. Bradley Wiggins maintains overall race lead for Team Sky before tomorrow's final stage.
the stage win. At his heels were Team Giant-Shimano’s John Degenkolb (GER) and Sagan.
Sagan used three tight corners leading to the finish to his advantage, moving around to the front to claim the stage win by a clear margin. Hushovd, who has racked up stage wins in every Grand Tour, including nine in the Tour de France, placed second, with Trek Factory Racing’s Danny Van Poppel (NED) in third, Zakkari Dempster (AUS) with Team NetApp-Endura in fourth and Degenkolb settling for fifth.
There was no change to the overall lead today, and Wiggins will ride the final stage in Thousand Oaks wearing the Amgen Race Leader Jersey (+:30) over Team Garmin-Sharp’s Rohan Dennis (AUS). Lawson Craddock (Austin, Texas) of Team Giant-Shimano remains in the Crunchies Best Young Rider jersey and in third place overall (+1:48) with Team NetApp-Endura’s Tiago Machado (POR) in fourth place (+2:02). Will Routley (CAN) of Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies further cemented his hold on the Michelob Ultra King of the Mountain Jersey today, which he alone has worn all week.