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The Amgen Tour of California has settled comfortably into its place on the calendar, used by classics men as a sunny, warm return to racing and by GC riders as an early test before their final run into the Tour de France.
This year’s edition was dominated by Colombians as Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Egan Bernal (Team Sky) took home five of the seven stages between them, as well as three leader’s jerseys — Bernal winning the General Classification and Best Young Rider competition, and Gaviria winning the Points Classification. There were also two Colombians on the final GC podium, with Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac) finishing third overall.
The other storyline in California was the youth movement. Four riders in the top seven overall were 23 or younger: Bernal is 21, Martinez is 22, Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky), who finished fifth overall, is 23, and Brandon McNulty (Rally Cycling), who finished seventh overall, is just 20. Also, the top two riders in the Points Classification, Gaviria and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) are both only 23 years old.
Along with Colombian cyclists, Team Sky was the big winner on the week, taking the overall victory, placing two riders in the top five on GC, and taking the Best Young Rider and Team Classification.
Meanwhile WorldTour teams like LottoNL-Jumbo, Ag2r La Mondiale, Katusha-Alpecin, Bora-Hansgrohe, Dimension Data, UAE Team Emirates, Sunweb all left empty-handed. Because Gaviria was so dominant, top sprinters such as Ewan, Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish, Alexander Kristoff, and Peter Sagan, all left California without a win — marking the first year in Sagan’s career he did not win at least one stage in California.