The Amgen Tour of California got off to the expected fast start, with a sprint finale deciding the stage in Sacramento. Marcel Kittel (Quickstep-Floors) was the fastest today, beating Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Elia Viviani (Team Sky) to the line.
Starting in Sacramento, the riders headed out toward Rio Vista before returning to Sacramento for 3 city circuit laps. It was a really flat 167km course today and even though there was a slight crosswind section, it was not enough to shake up proceedings.
4 early breakaway riders animated the beginning part of the stage but they were caught upon entering the city circuit. The sprinters were in control and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were looking after the interests of our South African Champion, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg.
Janse van Rensburg was always in a good spot thanks to Bernie Eisel, Tyler Farrar and Scott Thwaites leading him into the last 3.5km lap in the top 10 places. The squad of Kittel had complete control though and they could deliver their German sprinter to the line first. Our African Team rider did well, going up against most of the biggest names in world sprinting, to cross the line in 6th position.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg – Rider
It was a pretty fast day and with the annoying wind, it made it a bit nervous in the bunch as well. There were some super-fast laps to finish here at the end and the team did a super job to keep me in position. In the end, I did a little bit too much in the wind before the final sprint so I was already on the limit when coming to the line. Some of the best sprinters in the world are here so 6th place on a pretty fast day, I’ll take that for now but there are some better stages coming for me.