Race: Amgen Tour of California, Stage 6
Start/Finish: Ontario / Mount Baldy, CA, USA
Distance: 127.5 kilometers
Mount Baldy, California – Friday’s stage 6 of the 2019 Amgen Tour of California served as the race’s Queen Stage and with Mt. Baldy’s summit finish featuring a 8.2km climb with an average gradient of 8.4%, it lived up to its billing.
The Team Novo Nordisk squad was prepared for a brutal day in the saddle, and rode strongly as a team, matching the pace in the peloton until the penultimate KOM, when the general classification contenders began to play their cards for the stage win. Max Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) put in the first big attack with a little over 10km to go, and swiftly bridged across to the last remaining escapees from the day’s breakaway. The German rider opened a gap of 0:45 but was caught by the favorites with just under 3km to go.
Sergio Higuita (EF-Education First) forged ahead splintering the group, and only Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) were to able follow the young Colombian. IN the Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) edged out Higuita (EF-Education First) in a two-man sprint to the line, taking …read more
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