Tour of California: Van Garderen keeps yellow after chaotic stage 4 finale – VeloNews


MORRO BAY, California (VN) — The cycling gods just smiled on Tejay van Garderen.

Van Garderen appeared to lose gobs of time during the chaotic final kilometers of Wednesday’s 212km stage of the Amgen Tour of California, which saw him crash inside 10km to go and mount an unsuccessful chase to catch the peloton. But UCI officials ruled that a second crash, which occurred just before 3km from the finish, impeded van Garderen’s ability to catch back on.

Officials then awarded van Garderen the same finishing time as the peloton, a move that allowed him to keep the yellow race leader’s jersey.

The ruling was delivered more than 15 minutes after the finish of the stage. Van Garderen was on his EF Education First team bus, and believed he had lost the race lead.

“When they told me I was back in yellow I was surprised, but I understand,” van Garderen said. “I think we would have gotten back if that other crash hadn’t impeded us. I gotta applaud their decision. Sometimes the cards fall your way.”

In a statement provided by the UCI, the race jury ruled that the pileup, which involved riders from Cofidis, Team Ineos, and Katusha-Alpecin, blocked the road and slowed van Garderen’s chase. UCI rules state that riders who are slowed by crashes that occur inside 3km to go receive the same time.

The UCI statement acknowledged that the crash occurred outside 3km to go, however it did not explain why the distance was extended for Wednesday’s stage.

“The mass crash near the finish of stage 4 was just outside 3km to go,” the statement said. “The commissaires have decided to treat the crash as such that all riders affected by the incident and the road blockage will receive field time.”

The chaos began inside 10km when van Garderen crashed along a seemingly innocuous stretch of California Highway 1. The peloton bunched up on the wide stretch of road and then stopped abruptly. Van Garderen said he touched wheels and crashed onto his shoulder.

“There was a lot of swarming and people were fighting for position, and I  hit the front brake and I [crashed],” van Garderen said. “I can’t say it was anyone’s fault. We ride pretty close and sometimes things happen.”

Van Garderen’s bicycle was damaged in the crash, and he traded bikes with teammate Lachlan Morton and began a furious chase to get back onto the peloton. Up ahead, van Garderen’s teammates Lawson Craddock, Taylor Phinney, Alex Howes, and Rigoberto Uran slowed to wait for their leader.

Van Garderen’s problems weren’t over. As the EF team sped around a tight right-hand turn, van Garderen skittered on his bicycle and missed the turn entirely. As it turns out, Morton’s bicycle has the rear and front brakes installed in the opposite manner of the traditional American setup.

Tour of California: Van Garderen keeps yellow after chaotic stage 4 finale - VeloNews

“You’re used to the left hand brake doing the rear and when I hit the rear brake the front wheel started sliding,” van Garderen said. “And I panicked.”

Behind van Garderen, EF’s sport director Tom Southam helped the team navigate the situation. Southam said the situation was under control until van Garderen missed the corner. Then, when the team had to navigate the crash with 3km remaining, their momentum was stopped.

“The crash basically stopped us,” Southam said. “It stopped us completely, so they were basically stopped twice on our way back.”

Van Garderen crossed the line 51 seconds after winner Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick Step), who took the bunch sprint ahead of Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates). After crossing the line, van Garderen pedaled to his team bus. Doctors checked him out for injuries—he said he was suffering from shoulder soreness, but otherwise simple bumps and bruises.

Charly Wegelius, sport director for the team, said the team would assess van Garderen’s condition before deciding whether to produce a new plan for the rest of the race. Van Garderen currently leads Gianni Moscon of Team Ineos by six seconds in the overall.

The chaotic finale, which came after a long day on the bike, was not ideal, Wegelius said.

“Either way it goes it’s always unnerving to sit for six hours in a headwind and have everything go haywire in the end,” Wegelius said. “It’s rough, but that’s the way it is.”

Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 Results

Rank Name Team Time
1 JAKOBSEN Fabio Deceuninck – Quick Step 5:53:22
2 PHILIPSEN Jasper UAE-Team Emirates ,,
3 SAGAN Peter BORA – hansgrohe ,,
4 BOUHANNI Nacer Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
5 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Team Dimension Data ,,
6 BALLERINI Davide Astana Pro Team ,,
7 BAUHAUS Phil Bahrain Merida ,,
8 HALVORSEN Kristoffer Team INEOS ,,
9 VAN POPPEL Danny Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
10 ASGREEN Kasper Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
11 SAJNOK Szymon CCC Team ,,
12 ZABEL Rick Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
13 GROßSCHARTNER Felix BORA – hansgrohe ,,
14 SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA – hansgrohe ,,
15 WALSCHEID Max Team Sunweb ,,
16 HANSEN Jesper Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
17 BENNETT George Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
18 ÁVILA Edwin Israel Cycling Academy ,,
19 POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates ,,
20 MCCABE Travis United States ,,
21 DEGENKOLB John Trek – Segafredo ,,
22 BRYON Miguel United States ,,
23 HIGUITA Sergio EF Education First ,,
24 RICE Michael Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
25 DE VREESE Laurens Astana Pro Team ,,
26 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Cycling Academy ,,
27 ŠPILAK Simon Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
28 RICHEZE Maximiliano Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
29 OLIVEIRA Rui UAE-Team Emirates ,,
30 KING Ben Team Dimension Data ,,
31 PERON Andrea Team Novo Nordisk ,,
32 GREGAARD Jonas Astana Pro Team ,,
33 ŠTYBAR Zdeněk Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
34 SCHÄR Michael CCC Team ,,
35 KUSZTOR Péter Team Novo Nordisk ,,
36 DENNIS Rohan Bahrain Merida ,,
37 PORTE Richie Trek – Segafredo ,,
38 BAK Lars Ytting Team Dimension Data ,,
39 PEDERSEN Mads Trek – Segafredo ,,
40 FRÖHLINGER Johannes Team Sunweb ,,
41 CAVAGNA Rémi Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
42 CAVENDISH Mark Team Dimension Data ,,
43 DOULL Owain Team INEOS ,,
44 CORT Magnus Astana Pro Team ,,
45 BRITTON Rob Rally UHC Cycling ,,
46 BJERG Mikkel Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
47 CONTRERAS Rodrigo Astana Pro Team ,,
48 PERNSTEINER Hermann Bahrain Merida ,,
49 HAAS Nathan Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
50 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
51 VAN GARDEREN Tejay EF Education First ,,
52 GARCÍA CORTINA Iván Bahrain Merida ,,
53 SAGAN Juraj BORA – hansgrohe ,,
54 ZOIDL Riccardo CCC Team ,,
55 MURPHY Kyle Rally UHC Cycling ,,
56 ALMEIDA João Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
57 STETINA Peter Trek – Segafredo ,,
58 LE TURNIER Mathias Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
59 MATÉ Luis Ángel Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
60 BADILATTI Matteo Israel Cycling Academy ,,
61 FORTIN Filippo Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
62 BOL Cees Team Sunweb ,,
63 MOSCON Gianni Team INEOS ,,
64 MUÑOZ Cristian Camilo UAE-Team Emirates ,,
65 MØRKØV Michael Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
66 ROWE Luke Team INEOS ,,
67 SCHREURS Hamish Israel Cycling Academy ,,
68 CURVERS Roy Team Sunweb ,,
69 HAUSSLER Heinrich Bahrain Merida ,,
70 URÁN Rigoberto EF Education First ,,
71 OSS Daniel BORA – hansgrohe ,,
72 MORTON Lachlan EF Education First ,,
73 HUFFMAN Evan Rally UHC Cycling ,,
74 LOZANO David Team Novo Nordisk ,,
75 BRAND Sam Team Novo Nordisk ,,
76 BOARDMAN Samuel United States ,,
77 NIEUWENHUIS Joris Team Sunweb ,,
78 PEDERSEN Casper Team Sunweb ,,
79 BAŠKA Erik BORA – hansgrohe ,,
80 FERRARI Roberto UAE-Team Emirates ,,
81 GESCHKE Simon CCC Team ,,
82 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
83 HOEHN Alex United States ,,
84 REIJNEN Kiel Trek – Segafredo ,,
85 DE LA CRUZ David Team INEOS ,,
86 BERHANE Natnael Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
87 ATAPUMA Darwin Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
88 SWIRBUL Keegan United States ,,
89 EG Niklas Trek – Segafredo ,,
90 EISEL Bernhard Team Dimension Data ,,
91 FOMINYKH Daniil Astana Pro Team ,,
92 CRADDOCK Lawson EF Education First ,,
93 MANNION Gavin Rally UHC Cycling ,,
94 BERNAS Paweł CCC Team ,,
95 VAN HOECKE Gijs CCC Team ,,
96 BASSO Leonardo Team INEOS ,,
97 LAENGEN Vegard Stake UAE-Team Emirates ,,
98 HERNANDEZ Michael United States ,,
99 MCNULTY Brandon Rally UHC Cycling ,,
100 PLANET Charles Team Novo Nordisk ,,
101 HENTTALA Joonas Team Novo Nordisk ,,
102 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
103 DECLERCQ Tim Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
104 SIEBERG Marcel Bahrain Merida 3:03
105 GOLDSTEIN Roy Israel Cycling Academy 3:25
106 SAGIV Guy Israel Cycling Academy 0:00
107 HOWES Alex EF Education First ,,
108 PHINNEY Taylor EF Education First ,,
109 ROSA Diego Team INEOS ,,
110 GATTO Oscar BORA – hansgrohe ,,
111 DE TIER Floris Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
112 POWLESS Neilson Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
113 ORONTE Emerson Rally UHC Cycling ,,
114 SKUJIŅŠ Toms Trek – Segafredo 3:53
115 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 0:00
116 STITES Tyler United States ,,
117 FABBRO Matteo Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
118 GONÇALVES José Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
119 THOMSON Jay Robert Team Dimension Data ,,
120 MEINTJES Louis Team Dimension Data ,,
121 BROWN Jonny Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
122 GARRISON Ian Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
123 DAVIS Cole Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
124 HOFSTEDE Lennard Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
125 ROOSEN Timo Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
126 HOULE Hugo Astana Pro Team 9:34
127 CRAS Steff Team Katusha – Alpecin 0:00
Rank Name Team Time
1 VAN GARDEREN Tejay EF Education First 21:16:50
2 MOSCON Gianni Team INEOS 0:06
3 ASGREEN Kasper Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:07
4 POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 0:16
5 SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA – hansgrohe 0:22
6 BRITTON Rob Rally UHC Cycling 0:33
7 GREGAARD Jonas Astana Pro Team ,,
8 DE LA CRUZ David Team INEOS 0:34
9 GROßSCHARTNER Felix BORA – hansgrohe 0:35
10 BENNETT George Team Jumbo-Visma 0:36
11 HIGUITA Sergio EF Education First ,,
12 MORTON Lachlan EF Education First ,,
13 HANSEN Jesper Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:37
14 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Cycling Academy ,,
15 PORTE Richie Trek – Segafredo ,,
16 URÁN Rigoberto EF Education First ,,
17 DENNIS Rohan Bahrain Merida 0:42
18 ŠPILAK Simon Team Katusha – Alpecin 0:44
19 PERNSTEINER Hermann Bahrain Merida ,,
20 BERHANE Natnael Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:46
21 CRAS Steff Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
22 MEINTJES Louis Team Dimension Data 0:48
23 MUÑOZ Cristian Camilo UAE-Team Emirates 0:51
24 CONTRERAS Rodrigo Astana Pro Team 0:54
25 LE TURNIER Mathias Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:55
26 MURPHY Kyle Rally UHC Cycling 0:57
27 MANNION Gavin Rally UHC Cycling ,,
28 ATAPUMA Darwin Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:59
29 MCCABE Travis United States 1:01
30 ZOIDL Riccardo CCC Team 1:08
31 BADILATTI Matteo Israel Cycling Academy 1:26
32 ÁVILA Edwin Israel Cycling Academy 1:28
33 SCHÄR Michael CCC Team 1:41
34 KING Ben Team Dimension Data 2:12
35 LAENGEN Vegard Stake UAE-Team Emirates 2:35
36 STETINA Peter Trek – Segafredo 2:55
37 POWLESS Neilson Team Jumbo-Visma 3:10
38 BALLERINI Davide Astana Pro Team 3:13
39 CRADDOCK Lawson EF Education First 3:22
40 MATÉ Luis Ángel Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 4:48
41 KUSZTOR Péter Team Novo Nordisk 8:13
42 ALMEIDA João Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
43 MCNULTY Brandon Rally UHC Cycling ,,
44 STITES Tyler United States 8:21
45 SWIRBUL Keegan United States 8:24
46 EG Niklas Trek – Segafredo ,,
47 HOEHN Alex United States 8:34
48 CAVAGNA Rémi Deceuninck – Quick Step 9:49
49 HOULE Hugo Astana Pro Team 11:15
50 FOMINYKH Daniil Astana Pro Team 12:01
51 VAN HOECKE Gijs CCC Team 13:08
52 PLANET Charles Team Novo Nordisk 13:38
53 GESCHKE Simon CCC Team 14:50
54 ROSA Diego Team INEOS 15:38
55 SCHREURS Hamish Israel Cycling Academy 16:21
56 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon 17:11
57 PHILIPSEN Jasper UAE-Team Emirates 17:46
58 HAAS Nathan Team Katusha – Alpecin 17:52
59 LOZANO David Team Novo Nordisk 18:03
60 OSS Daniel BORA – hansgrohe 18:21
61 GONÇALVES José Team Katusha – Alpecin 18:25
62 SAGAN Juraj BORA – hansgrohe 18:39
63 NIEUWENHUIS Joris Team Sunweb 18:44
64 ROWE Luke Team INEOS 18:51
65 CORT Magnus Astana Pro Team 23:28
66 BOUHANNI Nacer Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 23:56
67 HENTTALA Joonas Team Novo Nordisk 24:01
68 FRÖHLINGER Johannes Team Sunweb 24:07
69 HUFFMAN Evan Rally UHC Cycling ,,
70 DECLERCQ Tim Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
71 OLIVEIRA Rui UAE-Team Emirates 25:00
72 ŠTYBAR Zdeněk Deceuninck – Quick Step 26:25
73 DE TIER Floris Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
74 FABBRO Matteo Team Katusha – Alpecin 26:43
75 ORONTE Emerson Rally UHC Cycling 29:01
76 HOFSTEDE Lennard Team Jumbo-Visma 29:31
77 SKUJIŅŠ Toms Trek – Segafredo 30:18
78 SAGAN Peter BORA – hansgrohe 33:17
79 JAKOBSEN Fabio Deceuninck – Quick Step 33:25
80 HALVORSEN Kristoffer Team INEOS 33:31
81 DOULL Owain Team INEOS ,,
82 MØRKØV Michael Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
83 BAUHAUS Phil Bahrain Merida 33:35
84 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Team Dimension Data ,,
85 DEGENKOLB John Trek – Segafredo ,,
86 PERON Andrea Team Novo Nordisk ,,
87 BAK Lars Ytting Team Dimension Data ,,
88 BRYON Miguel United States ,,
89 REIJNEN Kiel Trek – Segafredo ,,
90 BOL Cees Team Sunweb ,,
91 HOWES Alex EF Education First ,,
92 BASSO Leonardo Team INEOS ,,
93 BOARDMAN Samuel United States 33:46
94 HAUSSLER Heinrich Bahrain Merida 33:52
95 RICHEZE Maximiliano Deceuninck – Quick Step 33:59
96 PEDERSEN Casper Team Sunweb 34:01
97 BERNAS Paweł CCC Team 34:22
98 ROOSEN Timo Team Jumbo-Visma 34:30
99 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan Team Jumbo-Visma 34:34
100 DAVIS Cole Hagens Berman Axeon 34:36
101 BJERG Mikkel Hagens Berman Axeon 35:54
102 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 37:51
103 DE VREESE Laurens Astana Pro Team 41:22
104 WALSCHEID Max Team Sunweb 42:00
105 HERNANDEZ Michael United States 42:02
106 VAN POPPEL Danny Team Jumbo-Visma 42:08
107 SAJNOK Szymon CCC Team ,,
108 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
109 BAŠKA Erik BORA – hansgrohe ,,
110 GARCÍA CORTINA Iván Bahrain Merida ,,
111 BRAND Sam Team Novo Nordisk 42:19
112 BROWN Jonny Hagens Berman Axeon 42:23
113 RICE Michael Hagens Berman Axeon 42:25
114 SAGIV Guy Israel Cycling Academy ,,
115 THOMSON Jay Robert Team Dimension Data 42:30
116 ZABEL Rick Team Katusha – Alpecin 42:37
117 CURVERS Roy Team Sunweb ,,
118 PHINNEY Taylor EF Education First ,,
119 GARRISON Ian Hagens Berman Axeon 42:47
120 FERRARI Roberto UAE-Team Emirates 42:55
121 FORTIN Filippo Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 43:00
122 PEDERSEN Mads Trek – Segafredo 44:01
123 GATTO Oscar BORA – hansgrohe 45:33
124 GOLDSTEIN Roy Israel Cycling Academy 45:44
125 SIEBERG Marcel Bahrain Merida 46:01
126 CAVENDISH Mark Team Dimension Data 52:24
127 EISEL Bernhard Team Dimension Data 54:01
Rank Name Team Points
1 SAGAN Peter BORA – hansgrohe 24
2 ASGREEN Kasper Deceuninck – Quick Step 23
3 CAVAGNA Rémi Deceuninck – Quick Step 21
4 PHILIPSEN Jasper UAE-Team Emirates 19
5 JAKOBSEN Fabio Deceuninck – Quick Step 15
6 KING Ben Team Dimension Data 13
7 VAN GARDEREN Tejay EF Education First 12
8 MCCABE Travis United States 12
9 SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA – hansgrohe 11
10 HALVORSEN Kristoffer Team INEOS 10
11 MOSCON Gianni Team INEOS 9
12 BALLERINI Davide Astana Pro Team 9
13 GESCHKE Simon CCC Team 9
14 WALSCHEID Max Team Sunweb 9
15 POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 8
16 BOUHANNI Nacer Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 7
17 BAUHAUS Phil Bahrain Merida 7
18 HENTTALA Joonas Team Novo Nordisk 6
19 HERNANDEZ Michael United States 6
20 MØRKØV Michael Deceuninck – Quick Step 6
21 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Team Dimension Data 6
22 PEDERSEN Mads Trek – Segafredo 5
23 GREGAARD Jonas Astana Pro Team 5
24 DOULL Owain Team INEOS 5
25 BRITTON Rob Rally UHC Cycling 4
26 HIGUITA Sergio EF Education First 4
27 HOEHN Alex United States 4
28 HAAS Nathan Team Katusha – Alpecin 4
29 DEGENKOLB John Trek – Segafredo 4
30 DE LA CRUZ David Team INEOS 3
31 STITES Tyler United States 3
32 GROßSCHARTNER Felix BORA – hansgrohe 2
33 BENNETT George Team Jumbo-Visma 2
34 URÁN Rigoberto EF Education First 2
35 DENNIS Rohan Bahrain Merida 2
36 PLANET Charles Team Novo Nordisk 2
37 ŠTYBAR Zdeněk Deceuninck – Quick Step 2
38 VAN POPPEL Danny Team Jumbo-Visma 2
39 BAŠKA Erik BORA – hansgrohe 2
40 BROWN Jonny Hagens Berman Axeon 2
41 MORTON Lachlan EF Education First 1
42 DE VREESE Laurens Astana Pro Team 1
43 GARRISON Ian Hagens Berman Axeon 1
Rank Name Team Points
1 HOEHN Alex United States 31
2 CAVAGNA Rémi Deceuninck – Quick Step 30
3 BALLERINI Davide Astana Pro Team 29
4 HERNANDEZ Michael United States 13
5 MORTON Lachlan EF Education First 13
6 CRADDOCK Lawson EF Education First 10
7 HENTTALA Joonas Team Novo Nordisk 8
8 VAN GARDEREN Tejay EF Education First 8
9 ASGREEN Kasper Deceuninck – Quick Step 7
10 HUFFMAN Evan Rally UHC Cycling 7
11 HIGUITA Sergio EF Education First 7
12 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Cycling Academy 5
13 GARRISON Ian Hagens Berman Axeon 5
14 STETINA Peter Trek – Segafredo 5
15 BERHANE Natnael Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 4
16 BERNAS Paweł CCC Team 2
17 MOSCON Gianni Team INEOS 1
18 DE VREESE Laurens Astana Pro Team 1
19 GOLDSTEIN Roy Israel Cycling Academy 1
Rank Name Team Time
1 POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 21:17:06
2 HIGUITA Sergio EF Education First 0:20
3 ALMEIDA João Hagens Berman Axeon 7:57
4 MCNULTY Brandon Rally UHC Cycling ,,
5 STITES Tyler United States 8:05
6 HOEHN Alex United States 8:18
7 ANDERSON Edward Hagens Berman Axeon 16:55
8 PHILIPSEN Jasper UAE-Team Emirates 17:30
9 DAVIS Cole Hagens Berman Axeon 34:20
10 BJERG Mikkel Hagens Berman Axeon 35:38
11 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 37:35
12 HERNANDEZ Michael United States 41:46
13 SAJNOK Szymon CCC Team 41:52
14 BROWN Jonny Hagens Berman Axeon 42:07
15 GARRISON Ian Hagens Berman Axeon 42:31
Rank Name Time
1 EF Education First 63:51:50
2 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:40
3 Rally UHC Cycling 1:07
4 Astana Pro Team 1:48
5 Israel Cycling Academy 1:50
6 UAE-Team Emirates 2:22
7 Team Katusha – Alpecin 2:52
8 Trek – Segafredo 10:25
9 CCC Team 13:54
10 Team INEOS 14:57
11 Team Jumbo-Visma 15:34
12 United States 16:35
13 Deceuninck – Quick Step 17:00
14 BORA – hansgrohe 17:27
15 Team Novo Nordisk 23:30
16 Bahrain Merida 33:43
17 Team Dimension Data 35:11
18 Hagens Berman Axeon 58:17
19 Team Sunweb 1:14:10

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.

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