2013 Amgen Tour of CA – Stage Five
Words and Photos by Adam Bendig
What was expected to end up as a day for the sprinters, with a single KoM location at the beginning of the stage, 3 intermediate sprint locations throughout the remainder of the stage, and a fast finishing route into the coastal town of Avila Beach, quickly turned into an exciting victory for fan favorite Jens Voigt.
When the wind direction reversed 30 miles from the finish, the peloton was shattered into 6 major groups. Hardman Voigt took the reigns and jumped at the opportunity to put some distance between his GC contender Matthew Busche and the gold leaders jersey of Janier Acevedo. Sprinters Tyler Farrar, Peter Sagan and Thor Hushovd were fortunate enough to be included in the proper side of the split, while second place GC contender Tejay Van Garderen was also in the short list of the new power group. The initial 3 man breakaway was quickly consumed, and the group found a gap of around 1 minute between themselves and the gold leaders jersey group. Jamis-Sutter Home was not able to pull their man Acevedo back into the fray and hoped to limit his time losses as much as possible.
At 5km remaining, Voigt shared a classic JV move with his California fans and powered up a short rise in the run into town. Nobody in the rest of the group was willing to help pull Sagan back to Voigt, though he was a man on a mission and couldn’t be stopped. Voigt enjoyed his time as he rolled across the finish line, with the sprinters group closing in at an alarming rate. Tyler Farrar kept his momentum from yesterday’s win with a strong second place on the stage, and winning the bunch sprint at the line. Thor Hushovd also showed strong form on the uphill sprint, taking third place. Sagan placed fourth, and retained a small lead in the green sprinters jersey points contest.
Friday brings the individual time trial in San Jose. A hilly 20 mile loop with a climb almost as soon as the riders roll out of the start house, and the most extreme finish of any Amgen Tour off California yet. The 3km climb gains nearly 1000′ of elevation, with several pitches of 10% should throw a curveball to more then a few time trial contenders. Dave Zabriskie will no doubt be looking to show some of his famously strong TT form. Will a domestic team be able to launch a surprise attack on the peloton?
Stage Five – Official Stage Results
1. Jens VOIGT, RadioShack-Leopard, in 4:41:16
2. Tyler FARRAR, Garmin-Sharp, at :06
3. Thor HUSHOVD, BMC Racing, at :06
4. Peter SAGAN, Cannondale, at :06
5. Michael MATTHEWS, Orica-GreenEdge, at :06
6. Jay MCCARTHY, Saxo-Tinkoff, at :06
7. Alexander CANDELARIO, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :06
8. Michael ROGERS, Saxo-Tinkoff, at :06
9. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, RadioShack-Leopard, at :06
10. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC Racing, at :06
Overall after Stage Five
1. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC Racing, in 21:55:32
2. Michael ROGERS, Saxo-Tinkoff, at :42
3. Javier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, Jamis-Hagens Berman, at :50
4. Matthew BUSCHE, RadioShack-Leopard, at 1:04
5. Philip DEIGNAN, UnitedHealthcare, at 1:17
6. Cameron MEYER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 1:29
7. Mathias FRANK, BMC Racing, at 1:35
8. Francisco MANCEBO PEREZ, 5HR, at 1:53
9. Chad HAGA, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 2:03
10. Lawson CRADDOCK, Bontrager, at 2:22
Points Classifications after Stage Five
1. Peter SAGAN, Cannondale, 31 points
2. Lieuwe WESTRA, Vacansoleil-DCM, 25 points
3. Tyler FARRAR, Garmin-Sharp, 25 points
4. Gianni MEERSMAN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, 24 points
5. Michael MATTHEWS, Orica-GreenEdge, 17 points
6. Francisco MANCEBO PEREZ, 5HR, 12 points
7. Ken HANSON, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, 12 points
8. Thor HUSHOVD, BMC Racing, 9 points
9. James STEMPER, 5HR, 8 points
10. Chad BEYER, Champion System, 8 points
Mountains Classification after Stage Five
1. Carter JONES, Bissell, 25 points
2. Marsh COOPER, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, 18 points
3. James STEMPER, 5HR, 17 points
4. Chad BEYER, Champion System, 12 points
5. Christopher BALDWIN, Bissell, 12 points
6. Lucas EUSER, UnitedHealthcare, 12 points
7. Javier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, Jamis-Hagens Berman, 10 points
8. Ben JACQUES-MAYNES, Jamis-Hagens Berman, 10 points
9. Andy SCHLECK, RadioShack-Leopard, 10 points
10. Zakkari DEMPSTER, NetApp-Endura, 10 points
Teams Classification after Stage Five
1. UnitedHealthcare, in 65:53:53
2. 5-hour Energy-Kenda, at 1:25
3. BMC Racing, at 1:31
4. RadioShack-Leopard, at 3:27
5. NetApp-Endura, at 11:15
6. Bontrager, at 14:11
7. Garmin-Sharp, at 18:42
8. Champion System, at 21:15
9. Cannondale, at 23:24
10. Orica-GreenEdge, at 23:55
The Bontrager Development Squad Trek’s are armed with one of the best looking paint jobs in the peloton. It may not directly help them go faster, but it’s got to help with the confidence.
Bissell Pro Cycling’s Pinarello Dogma race bikes on display outside of the team bus.
A Vacansoleil-DCM mechanic rigs a custom mount for a power meter, complete with folded onto itself duct tape and super glue! Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how you get something done.
Cool and calm, Tejay Van Garderen greets his fans before the start of stage 5 in Santa Barbara.
Jens Voigt is such a legend he’s treated to a custom paint job by the Radioshack Leopard Trek bike sponsor, (naturally) Trek. On the top tube is a message he’s famous for and no doubt yelled aloud during his massive attack at the end of today’s stage in Avila Beach, “SHUT UP LEGS!”
Cannondale’s American rider Ted King snugs his shoes before leaving for sign-in in Santa Barbara.
A confident Peter Sagan, likely looking to avenge his unfortunate positioning at the finale of the previous days stage that left him in 5th place. He still held a commanding lead in the Visit CA green sprinters jersey, though the gap has shrunk considerably after a 4th place finish in Avila Beach.
Gianni Meersman takes a peak out of Omega Pharma-Quick-Step motor coach before the start of stage 5 of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California in Santa Barbara.
Juan Antonio Flecha of Vacansoleil-DCM rolls to sign-in along the coast of Santa Barbara.
Carter Jones is greeted by pro cycling photography regular and Velonews.com contributor Casey Gibson, who expressed the photo pits concern for his fragile state after long days spent defending his King of the Mountains jersey.
An Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies rider enjoys the beautiful view of the beach along Santa Barbara’s coast, quite the change from the rough landscape of the Southern California deserts.
Everyone gets in on the excitement and wants to record the moment for posterity.
As riders come to the start line for sign-in, their bikes are valet’ed by event staff. Unfortunately many didn’t realize that and were quite perplexed when they returned from the stage unable to locate their steed.
Jens Voigt, hard man, plotting his days assault on the field
Gold jersey wearer and race leader at the start of the day Janier Acevedo is escorted to sign-in by a teammate
Minutes after the break passed the peloton rolled past on the top of a windy hilltop in Los Olivos.
Almost immediately after the race started, Chun Kai Feng of Champion Systems and Thomas De Gendt of Vacansoleil-DCM attacked the peloton. Shortly after, Bissell Pro Cycling’s Carter Jones bridged the gap, with Marsh Cooper of Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies chasing hot on his heels. Cooper was an immediate threat to Jones’ polkadot KoM jersey, though he never made it to the break, and Jones was allowed to solidify his placement in the points contest.
The peloton is packed tightly despite strong gusting winds the entire day.
The peloton rolls past on Foxen Canyon Rd in Los Olivos, a scenic area filled with cattle fields and vineyards.
Jens Voigt celebrates with the peloton closing quickly after a courageous attack 5km from the finish in Avila Beach.
Janier Acevedo lost his gold leaders jersey after his third day as GC leader when he lost touch with a GC attack led by Jens Voigt for Matthew Busche. Tejay Van Garderen was in the group that led the way to the finish, taking back the 12 seconds Acevedo held over him as well as an additional 50 seconds.
I can’t help but suspect that despite retaining the green sprinters jersey, Peter Sagan was extremely disappointed in not taking another victory in Avila Beach.
After a long day in the saddle with an intense final approach, Van Garderen didn’t hesitate to rehydrate at any opportunity.
BMC’s Tejay Van Garderen made no attempt to hide his excitement at taking control of the GC.
Another step on the way to a plush Lion in France? Tejay wins his first California black bear.
No doubt Jens Voigt will be enjoying his prize with his teammates tonight
The day’s big winners, Peter Sagan held onto his green Visit CA sprinters jersey, Lawson Craddock retained his Crunchies Best Young Rider, Tejay Van Garderen stole the gold leaders jersey from Janier Acevedo, Jens Voigt was awarded the Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous jersey for his incredible feat of strength in attacking the field, and Carter Jones continues to represent for Bissell Pro Cycling in the climbers jersey.
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