"I am super happy with this win. Today was a short stage and we were going full gas since the beginning. In the final I was there with the best guys. Henao was attacking, stopping, attacking, stopping. He was relentless.
|Big effort by Team Sky|
At a certain moment at about 4 kilometers to go I decided to try to attack, and see if I could improve my classification. I went, and Henao didn't respond immediately. When I saw he didn't follow me I thought he was playing with me, and that he would arrive at any second and pass me. But I kept going and going anyway. The last two kilometers were the hardest of my life. I gave everything to go the distance, my legs felt like they were exploding. In my mind I was always thinking that Henao could come back. But I was doing my best to stay away. It wasn't until the final 200 meters when I finally understood I had won the stage. I enjoyed the moment, but I kept going 100 percent until the finish line. It was a great emotion for me because this is the second victory of my career. But, what makes me so happy is the way I won. I won a mountain stage in the Tour of California, the first stage race of eight days in my professional career. For me that is really special. I worked for Mark Cavendish on the flat stages and took my chances here when possible. I really rode with good legs this week after the Ardennes Classics.
|Sagan crosses the line on 6th|
To have this performance with such momentum going into it is really great. Now I am in the leader's jersey. Of course tomorrow won't be easy to defend my position. There are intermediate time bonuses, and time bonuses at the finish line of the stage. It is clear Sagan is faster than me, so we will see tomorrow what will happen. I don't want to put pressure on myself for the GC. For the stage of tomorrow, I think we have to go with our original plan to try and win with Mark. He's won three stages already and is going really well. Then we will see if we can defend the yellow jersey. If not, it won't be the end of the world. We won four stages here so far out of seven. I had the best young rider jersey going into this stage, and Mark has the points jersey. So, we've already done plenty here and we are simply trying to add to what we've already accomplished. The 2015 Amgen Tour of California will be a race I never forget."
|Jersey for Oss|
"I was only one point behind, so I had to try to get the Mountain Jersey. Now I am a bit tired.
We may try to win the stage with Jempy Drucker again. But there will be a big fight for the lead because Sagan is at two seconds and I am sure Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) will want to win his fourth stage."
Team Sky DS Servais Knaven:
"You have to say hats off to Alaphilippe today. He was the strongest guy and he showed that on the final mountain. We had Sergio and Ian up there but he did a really strong ride.
As a team the guys did a really good job. We controlled the race and made it hard. I think everyone was riding really well today.
Ian was really strong and everyone is really happy to see him performing like this. He was able to help Sergio a bit in the final kilometre and it was a great ride.
Sergio is third on GC now and we want to keep that of course. It's going to be a nice battle up front for the GC win tomorrow so we'll look forward to that."
“It was a very hard stage with a tough final climb. I wanted to be in the front in order to secure my position in the GC as much as I could, in view of Sunday’s fast stage. I did my best and everything will now be decided in the sprints. We will aim at the overall victory and we will give our best to achieve it”.
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 3:42:13
2 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky 0:00:23
3 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky
4 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:36
5 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:45
6 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:47
7 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:53
8 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:00
9 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:17
10 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:26
11 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop 0:01:32
12 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:01:39
13 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:01:53
14 Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:02:10
15 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Axeon Cycling Team 0:02:12
16 Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:02:15
17 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:02:20
18 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:03:01
19 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:03:07
20 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:03:17
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 25:58:21
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:02
3 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky 0:00:33
4 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:10
5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:11
6 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:12
7 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky 0:01:19
8 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:20
9 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:40
10 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop 0:02:06
11 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:02:15
12 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:02:17
13 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Axeon Cycling Team 0:02:32
14 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:02:49
15 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:03:12
16 Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:03:19
17 Ben King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:03:36
18 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:04:06
19 Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:04:42
20 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:04:44