2017 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA KICKS OFF WITH FIRST CALIFORNIA WIN FOR MARCEL KITTEL

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 14, 2017) – German speedster Marcel Kittel of Quick – Step Floors collected his first career Amgen Tour of California stage victory and the Visit California Sprint Jersey as the weeklong, 583-mile stage race began today in Sacramento, Calif. World Road Race Champion Peter Sagan (SVK) of BORA-hansgrohe, known as the “King of California” for his race record 15 stage wins, crossed the line in second today with  Team Sky’s Elia Viviani (ITA) rounding out the podium in third.

“It’s a nice start to the [Amgen] Tour of California. Some teams tried to go for the crosswinds but the wind was not strong enough. I’m very happy with how my team handled the sprint,” said Kittel. “It gives us confidence for the races to come. We got rid of a lot of pressure today, and we can look forward to the rest of the race and go relaxed in the next days.”

A breakaway of four rode out in front of the peloton for much of the 103.8-mile stage, including Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis’ Ben Wolfe (Greenville, SC), who took a turn at a solo lead and earned the Breakaway from Cancer® / Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTMMost Courageous Rider Jersey.

Tomorrow’s Stage 2 presented by Visit California will stretch 89.5 miles from Modesto to 11-time Host City San Jose. With six King of the Mountain climbs including the categorized climb up and over Mt. Hamilton, it will be clear after this stage which riders will be in contention for the overall win. The 583-mile race concludes in Pasadena May 20.

Stage 1 Podium

  1. Marcel Kittel (GER) – Quick – Step Floors (BEL)
  2. Peter Sagan (SVK) – BORA-hansgrohe (GER)
  3. Elia Viviani (ITA) – Team Sky (GBR)

 

Stage 1 Jersey Winners

  • Amgen Race Leader Jersey – Marcel Kittel (GER) – Quick – Step Floors (BEL)
  • Breakaway from Cancer® / Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTMMost Courageous Rider Jersey – Ben Wolfe (USA) – Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
  • Visit California Sprint Jersey – Marcel Kittel (GER) – Quick – Step Floors (BEL)
  • TAG Heuer Best Young Rider Jersey – Floris Gerts (NED), BMC Racing Team (USA)