Giro & Tour of Cal Update: Rodriguez Wins Stage 10; Sagan "ThreePetes"
Joaquim Rodríguez, a Spaniard riding for the Russian team Katusha, pulled away from an elite group of riders in the last brutal kilometer-long climb in today’s Stage 10 to take the win, and strip the pink jersey from Garmin-Barracuda rider (and the first Canadian to ever wear the maglia rosa) Ryder Hesjedal, VeloNews reports.
Meanwhile, on the West Coast of the U.S. it took the Amgen Tour of California peloton nearly five hours to cover 115 miles from San Jose to Livermore today, and once again Slovakian Peter Sagan of team Liquigas-Cannondale put himself in the right position to take his third win in as many days.
Coming into the 7th annual AToC all eyes were on defending champ Chris Horner of team RadioShack-Nissan, and on three-time winner Levi Leipheimer, now riding for Omega Pharma-Quick Step. But so far the 22-year old Slovakian rider has consistently pulled out winning performances in convincing fashion.
In today’s stage Sagan was several riders back at the one-kilometer mark, and as frantic teams tried to get their sprinters into position for a strike in the face of a stiff headwind, Sagan stayed back and waited for the penultimate moment to make his move—and then he put his head down and powered through to win by half a bike length.
Sagan’s Stage One win could be considered a lark. Stage Two? Luck. But with three stage victories under his belt—and more importantly, the three 10-second time bonuses that come along with those wins—Sagan now has a full 30-second lead on the majority of the field with five days left to go. Anything could happen, but it’s starting to look like it's Sagan’s race to lose.
Anyone who hasn’t been keeping up would be well advised to tune into NBC’s live event broadcast—at least for the final kilometers—at amgentourofcalifornia.com.
Tomorrow's Stage Four is billed as the most difficult: 130 miles from Sonora to Clovis. The action starts at 10:35am PST.