Race: Tour of California, Stage 4
Start/Finish: Santa Barbara/Santa Clarita, California, USA
Distance: 99.1 miles/159.5 kilometers
Santa Clarita, CALIFORNIA — Stage 4 of the Tour of California featured a lump profile complete with four categorized climbs before an uphill run into Santa Clarita.
Team Novo Nordisk lined up at the front of the peloton from the start and battled to make the day’s main breakaway but luck wasn’t on their side, and when a six-man break escaped, no Team Novo Nordisk riders were present.
Thanks to a strong tailwind for most of the 159.5-kilometer stage, the breakaway earned an impressive gap of nine minutes. The escapees worked well together while the sprinter’s teams delayed taking control and chasing them down. This meant the break just barely stayed clear until the finish. Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling) took the win ahead of his teammate Rob Britton while Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) led in a reduced peloton 13 seconds later.
Team Novo Nordisk Director Lionel Marie
“It was an interesting day with lots of climbing and some technical, high-speed descents. None of the teams wanted to help Bora-Hansgrohe reel back the break, so the gap failed to come down. Once the race was on the final descent, the peloton finally increased …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk