The parcours in Long Beach provided the perfect starting point for the 7-stage, 13th Amgen Tour of California. The 12-lap 134.5km beachside route tested the legs of the sprinters with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’s Marcel Kittel earning fourth place behind winner Fernando Gaviria.
I think I had the same speed as the others but at the end I had to brake and of course there is no chance when that happens. But I feel good and the team worked well together today so I still look forward to stages 5 and 7. It was a messy sprint like we expected so it’s never easy to be there as a team, said Marcel Kittel.
The race heads north now for stage 2 in Ventura on Monday. The climbing stage comes early this year with the finish atop the HC Gilbraltar Road climb. At 157km, the race promises to showcase the strong climbers in the 2018 Amgen Tour of California.
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