Tour of California: Cortina picks up first profzege, Van der Breggen wins opening stage of women

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Ronde van Californië: Cortina pakt eerste profzege, Van der Breggen wint openingsrit vrouwen

Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain) the fifth stage in the Tour of California on his name. The Spaniard took the after 218,5 km from Pismo Beach to Ventura for the Argentinian Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and the Colombian Sergio Higuita (EF Education First). Tejay van Garderen retains his leader’s jersey.

The early flight of the day came in the name of 12 riders: our fellow Jasper philipsen is admitted (UAE Team Emirates) and Tim Declercq (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), Davide Ballerini (Astana Pro Team), Toms Skujins (Pull-Segafredo), Neilson Powless (Jumbo-Visma), Lennard Hofstede (Jumbo-Visma), Michael Schär (CCC), Brandon McNulty (Rally UHC Cycling), Leonardo Basso (Ineos), Alex Hoehn (American selection) and Cees Bol (Sunweb). The pace was high, a fierce tail wind played his role, and the riders went in at lightning speed towards the finish and gave the escapees not far ahead.

Ronde van Californië: Cortina pakt eerste profzege, Van der Breggen wint openingsrit vrouwen

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When the lead dropped to under half a minute splashed the leading group apart. Final would only Tim Declercq had his chances. But the long escape and a slothelling at the end, at about 5 km, nekten his chances. He was seized, the signal for team-mate Zdenek Stybar in the attack. The peloton broke into several pieces, the organization was a bit confused, but the Czech was seized. In the meantime, drew George Bennett on the attack, looking for the leader’s jersey, but he got Higuita on his wheel, team mate of yellow jersey Tejay van Garderen that the attack offset, and 3 kilometres from the finish, a small group of back.

Ultimately it would be a sprint with a elitegroepje of about 25 riders. Richeze put in first, but he would still geremonteerd by Cortina that his first profzege posted.

Friday is the queen’s stage in the program, the stage finish on Mount Baldy. Tejay van Garderen remains the leader with four seconds on Kasper Asgreen on the road three bonificatieseconden picked up and six count on Gianni Moscon.

Van der Breggen wins in the women

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) has one of the favourites in the Tour of California (World Tour) for women won. The Dutch world champion has performed as a soloist to victory in Ventura after being on the end wegsprong on a slope. The Italian Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Cylance) won the sprint for second place for the Cuban Arlenis Sierra (Astana).

Ronde van Californië: Cortina pakt eerste profzege, Van der Breggen wint openingsrit vrouwen

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The contest, about 96 kilometers with start and arrival in Ventura, has been plagued by harsh wind. After a few skirmishes in the end would be the 39-year-old Olga Zabelinskaya (Cogeas-Mettler-Look) for a long time only move forwards. But at Boels-Dolmans and Pull-Segafredo fell a little start, and she was caught in the final.

On a slothelling of 900 metres to 9 percent, 5 miles, pulled Anna van der Breggen in the attack, Lizzie Deignan (Pull-Segafredo) followed. The British had the wheel unloading; the platoon, or what remained, still about 15 riders, followed at 20 seconds. Van der Breggen had weakened not, and has performed as a soloist for the victory, her second of the season after a win in the Flèche wallonne earlier this year.

In 2017 brought Van der Breggen the American stage race to her name.

Ronde van Californië: Cortina pakt eerste profzege, Van der Breggen wint openingsrit vrouwen

Leaders Tejay van Garderen and Anna van der Breggen.

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