"What a pity that you go to California..." I told Scott Mitchell - Team Sky photographer - in Siena, at the finish of Strade Bianche.
"California is GREAT!" he was, his pale blue eye looking far.
So there we are: Tour of California again. And yes it's great. And yes it really GREAT when you start with a boom: with a GREAT victory by a GREAT champion like Mark Cavendish.
In add I'm happy to see the Luxebouger Jempy Druker on the podium: he worked hard to get a spot in the pro cycling and now he's showing he deserved it.
I'm moderately glad to not have to watch it :D Yep, I must confess: I used to stay up watching when Andy Schleck was racing it and it wasn't easy because I'm not a night person. Sometimes it was worth of it.... often no - as far as Andy, so frustrating.
Ok, I'm not going to watch it but I'll follow it of course. Now I run to work... or better I RIDE. See you later for the Giro.
"So proud to finish off @Etixx_QuickStep's hard work today with a win in @AmgenTOC. We'll try & keep the yellow jersey tomorrow too."
"Good start for me here @AmgenTOC and my 1st time ever in the US.big credits to my @BMCProTeam mates for the help today.up to the next one..."
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step 4:43:27
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
3 Jempy Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
4 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
5 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
6 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
7 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling
8 Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka
9 Koen de Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
10 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory RacingGC
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step 4:43:17
2 William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:00:01
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:04
4 Jempy Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team 0:00:06
5 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop
6 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:00:10
7 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
8 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
9 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling
10 Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka
11 Koen de Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
12 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
13 Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing Team
14 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
15 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
16 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step
17 Travis McCabe (USA) Team SmartStop
18 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
19 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
20 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Jamis - Hagens Berman