Great sprint in Santa Rosa
Happy ending for Cannondale Pro Cycling at the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. After the win in the 3rd stage, Peter Sagan sprinted for the second time to the victory and took also the 8th and last stage (San Francisco-Santa Rosa, 130 km) of the race. Supported by the great job of all his teammates, first to catch the break and then to manage the finale, Sagan’s sprint didn’t leave any space to his competitors (Schorn second, Farrar third).
The Slovakian champion took home for the fourth consecutive year the green jersey of the points classification (4th win in four editions raced) and extended his stage win record at Tour of California to 10. He also took the same number of wins in 2013.
“I’m happy that I won today” said Sagan. “Thanks to all my teammates. They did good work from the start of the stage. They did great work on the circuit. After, the last turn, then Bodnar got past Garmin to the front and I started doing my sprint in the last 200 meters and I won. I’m very happy. I’m happy with my fourth Points Jersey here in California; I hope to take this form to Switzerland and then the Tour de France. I dedicate this win to one of my Cannondale friends, Alex.”
Alex Shepherd is an eleven year-old Cannondale junior development racer in Ashland, Oregon. A big fan, he remembers all of Sagan’s victory salutes, and loves the wheelies across the finish line. Alex was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.