Overview

Amgen Tour of California

Stage 6) Ontario - Mt. Baldy

US United States, Friday 17 May 2019
127.5 km

Tour of California: Tremendous Asgreen retains podium spot

Tour of California: Tremendous Asgreen retains podium spot

Kasper Asgreen pulled off another massive performance at the Tour of California, which arrived for the fifth time on Mt. Baldy, one of the toughest climbs in the history of the race – averaging 8.2% over 8.5 interminable kilometers – which in 2015 witnessed a spectacular Deceuninck – Quick-Step victory, notched up by Julian Alaphilippe.

Victorious in South Lake Tahoe a few days ago, Kasper put in a resolute display, taking over the reins in the reduced bunch on one of the steepest sections of the vicious ascent and setting a searing pace that brought back the sole leader of the stage and cracked the yellow jersey with four kilometers to go. This opened the door to a flurry of attacks, which fragmented the elite group and left riders scattered all over the road, trying to make their way to the top of the climb.

Despite losing contact when the big accelerations came, Asgreen continued to showcase his climbing prowess, not panicking and riding a steady pace on the ferocious slopes of Mt. Baldy; this wise decision helped him finish sixth, just 22 seconds down on winner Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), a result that kept young Kasper on the overall podium with one day to go at the World Tour event.

“I knew it was going to be tough, but it ended up being a nice day, way better than I had expected. The team protected me going into the final climb, where I did some of the early pace-setting in order to make it as far as possible in the main group, before the small guys started attacking. Then I just rode my own pace and made it to the finish exhausted, but satisfied that I was still in the top three”, Kasper explained when asked about his strategy in the closing kilometers of stage 6.

Not only that he sits in third place, the 24-year-old Dane has also strengthened his grip on the green jersey classification, which he leads by eight points: “I am surprised of the way I climbed this week, I definitely didn’t expect that. It’s the first time that I test my legs on the mountains and I’m very happy with how things went. But the race isn’t over yet, we’ve got one more stage on Saturday and I hope to keep the green jersey, as that would be the cherry on the top.”

 

Photo credit: ©Chris Graythen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
3:48:49
2 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
,,
3 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:05
4 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
0:10
5 Riccardo Zoidl
CCC Team
0:20
6 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:22
7 Simon Špilak
Team Katusha Alpecin
0:25
8 Rohan Dennis
Bahrain Merida
0:47
9 Rob Britton
Rally UHC Cycling
,,
10 Jesper Hansen
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
,,
39 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:00
55 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:24
74 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
103 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
107 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
113 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:10
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
30:01:56
2 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
0:16
3 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:20
4 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:29
5 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
0:41
6 Simon Špilak
Team Katusha Alpecin
1:03
7 Jesper Hansen
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
1:18
8 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
9 Tejay van Garderen
EF Education First
1:22
10 Rohan Dennis
Bahrain Merida
1:23
36 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:11
55 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
38:43
74 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
54:09
77 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:00:39
82 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:04:34
84 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:05:41
1 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37 pt
2 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
29 pt
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
25 pt
4 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
24 pt
5 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21 pt
6 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
19 pt
7 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
8 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
16 pt
9 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain Merida
15 pt
10 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
30 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
44 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
30:01:56
2 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
0:16
3 João Almeida
Hagens Berman Axeon
12:33
4 Edward Anderson
Hagens Berman Axeon
29:19
5 Alex Hoehn
United States
39:03
6 Mikkel Bjerg
Hagens Berman Axeon
44:00
7 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
45:02
8 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
1:07:51
9 Szymon Sajnok
CCC Team
1:11:48
10 Michael Hernandez
United States
1:15:53
1 Davide Ballerini
Astana Pro Team
51 pt
2 Alex Hoehn
United States
35 pt
3 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
20 pt
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
15 pt
6 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
7 Michael Hernandez
United States
13 pt
8 Lachlan Morton
EF Education First
13 pt
9 Paweł Bernas
CCC Team
12 pt
10 Hugo Houle
Astana Pro Team
11 pt
1 EF Education First 90:09:46
2 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 2:35
3 Rally UHC Cycling 4:11
4 Astana Pro Team 4:28
5 UAE-Team Emirates 13:01
6 Trek - Segafredo 17:07
7 CCC Team 21:15
8 Team Jumbo-Visma 25:57
9 Team Katusha Alpecin 30:07
10 Israel Cycling Academy 31:08

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