[RESULTS & SUMMARY] 2019 Amgen Tour of California Stage 1

Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California concluded with a photo finish in the state’s capitol city of Sacramento. Three-time World Champion Peter Sagan (SVK) claimed his 17th California stage win by a wheel over USA Cycling National Team’s Travis McCabe (Tucson, Ariz.).

Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California concluded with a photo finish in the state’s capitol city of Sacramento. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the first stage win of the race,  barely etching out Travis McCabe (USA Cycling National Team) who nearly caught Sagan at the final second, followed by Maximilian Walscheid (Sunweb). This is Peter Sagan’s 17th stage win at the Tour of California, and his first win in nearly four months of the 2019 UCI World tour.


Immediately following the neutralized zone at the start of the 143-kilometer stage, a breakaway formed of four riders Charles Planet (TNN), Laurens De Vreese (Astana), Michael Schar (CCC), and Tyler Stites (USA Cycling National Team). With a breakaway of 1 minute and 20 seconds, the four riders were never able to extend the gap past 2 minutes and the peloton closely approached as the race lead on. When the breakaway approached the sprint bonus, Stites masterfully made a break from the pack as Schar followed with the first attack. Stites ultimately earned the 3 second time bonus as he quickly raced up over the line.

After the bonus segment, the peloton caught up to riders with 19 km left, and the breakaway fizzled out with Charles Planet as the last rider to be resorbed. This left the fate of the race to the 3-lap sprint circuit in downtown Sacramento. George Bennett (TJV) led into the circuit with Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) going for time bonus seconds. Bennett’s fast-pace picked up a time bonus of 1 second at the second intermediate sprint.

With one lap to go, the peloton transformed into a rip roaring sprint. Owain Doull (Ineos) tried to lead out his teammates, but instead he led out Peter Sagan who was locked on his wheel. As Sagan inched closer to the finish line, weaving in and out towards the front, Travis McCabe,  went full power and nearly caught Sagan at the last minute. McCabe, who was celebrating his 30th birthday, was not quick enough and ultimately Peter Sagan proved to be the winner.

The Amgen Tour of California Stage 1 Finish photo capture, provided by Amgen TOC

Peter Sagan, BORA-hansgrohe – “I’m very happy. Thanks to all the teammates at BORA-hansgrohe, they helped me a lot today, keeping me in the front, and in the end we stayed with a few riders for a sprint, and I won. Also, congrats to my teammate (Pascal) Ackermann, he also won today at the Giro (d’Italia), and to have double in the team is very nice.”

Travis McCabe, USA Cycling National Team – “I felt great. I was in perfect position with 1K to go. It’s a long sprint, a little slightly uphill with a bit of a headwind usually, but I was on the right wheels following Peter [Sagan], and was able to open up and have legs, so I’m ecstatic to get second place and represent USA Cycling.”

(On if he just needed a bit more road to beat Peter) “I still doubt that I would have beat him, but I had great legs, I came with speed. I was a little bit further behind. I think I came from maybe two wheels back from Peter. I’m happy with second. Doesn’t matter where you start the sprint, just matters where it ends. Like I said, I’m happy with second. It’s a great little birthday present for me from USA Cycling, so it’s good.”

Results after Stage 1:


Podium: STAGE 1 presented by Amgen

  1. Peter Sagan (SVK), BORA-hansgrohe (GER) 3h14’10”
  2. Travis McCabe (USA), USA Cycling National Team (USA) +00”
  3. Maximilian Richard Walscheid (GER), Team Sunweb (GER) +00”

Jersey Winners after Stage 1:

  • Amgen Race Leader Jersey – Peter Sagan (SVK), BORA-hansgrohe (BOH)
  • Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Charles Planet (FRA), Team Novo Nordisk (USA)
  • Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey  N/A
  • Visit California Sprint Jersey – Peter Sagan (SVK), BORA-hansgrohe (BOH)
  • TAG Heuer Best Young Rider Jersey – Tyler Stites (USA), USA Cycling National Team (USA)
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 12: Podium / Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team Bora-Hansgrohe / celebrates after winning / during the 14th Amgen Tour of California 2019, Stage 1 a 143km stage from Sacramento to Sacramento / #AmgenTOC / @AmgenTOC / on May 12, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Stage 2 presented by Visit California begins in the first-time race Host City of Rancho Cordova, with the cyclists then journeying 133.3 miles and climbing 14,500 feet to the finish at the slopes of South Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Ski Resort.

The Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM UCI WorldTour race showcasing the world’s best women cyclists will run concurrently for the final three days of the men’s event, beginning in Ventura May 16-18.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like
Stromer ST3 'Launch Edition'
Read More

Work Commute 90 Miles? The Stromer ST3 Electric Commuter Handles The Ride Safely and Securely

The secret behind ST3’s power is its newly engineered SYNO Drive II rear hub drive, which packs a punch of 600 W and transfers 44 Nm of torque directly to the road surface. The motor is not only highly efficient, it also captures the energy released during braking in its powerful BQ814 battery with a range up to 93 miles.
Read More

The Maserati of Bicycles (Literally)

Maserati, the Italian luxury car manufactures, have had brief encounters with the cycling industry in the past, but are now increasing their involvement with the sport beginning this year. In the 1970’s they created a few Maserati model bicycles, though traces of those are difficult to find now, and in 2009 they released two different models designed by legendary Italian bike-makers Milani Cycles.
Read More
lance armstrong joe rogan
Read More

Lance Armstrong on the Joe Rogan Podcast

The Joe Rogan Experience features guests such as scientists, writers, professors, world class athletes, comedians, and now Rogan has added Professional Cyclist, Lance Armstrong, to the roster. Released today, Rogan and Armstrong discuss his cycling history and the doping scandal that has defined his career.
Read More
SDMBA Black Widow Trail Building
Read More

‘Recommended Directional’ Trail Building in San Diego, The Black Widow Trail Project Courtesy San Diego Mountain Bike Association

SDMBA continues its strong alliance with the proud team of City of San Diego rangers at Black Mountain.  Shovels finally hit the ground on the Black Widow Trail on December 1, 2018.  This first work day attracted almost 80 volunteers, many of them first timers! There will be many more work days before this project is complete so check SDMBA channels for updates.
Read More
Read More

Netflix Cycling Movies Worth Watching – Fall 2015 Edition

We find bicycling movies are a great way to slowly dose your friends and family with the spirit of bicyclism. They also serve as a way to keep the mental fire stoked while suffering on an indoor trainer, traveling or letting the guns recover on a Friday night. The line-up changes frequently on Netflix so be sure to check these out before they drop off into obscurity. Enjoy!
Read More
Read More

The 2019 North American Handmade Bicycle Show Award Winners

This year marked the NAHBS’s 15 year anniversary and it was the third time in the show’s history that its was held in Sacramento. The three-day event featured close to 210 exhibitors – from framebuilders to wheels to components and accessories– including a large contingent of international exhibitors hailing from Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Russia, and Taiwan.
Read More
Read More

(Richard Cunningham) Review: Niner RIP 9 RDO | One Model, Two Dedicated Frame Designs Supporting 29 and 27.5 Wheel Sizes

Niner is releasing one RIP 9 RDO model dedicated to 29-inch wheels, and a separate design for 27.5-inch wheels, but also under the same model moniker. This is a divergence from previous strategies seen in the industry, but may set the standard going forward. [email protected]
Read More
Zoic Carbon Bibs
Read More

Zoic Introduces Men’s Carbon Bib Liner | ‘The Most Technical Liners I’ve Yet Come Across’

New for 2019, the ZOIC Men’s Carbon Bib Liner provides ultimate support for long days in the saddle, ideal for enduro racers and bikepackers, The Carbon Bib Liner is engineered to maximize comfort and minimize irritation, from seamless straps up top to the Italian-made 3D stretch foam chamois inside
Read More