Halvorsen sixth in Pasadena

18 May 2019

Halvorsen sixth in Pasadena

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Kristoffer Halvorsen wrapped up the Tour of California with sixth place in the final sprint in Pasadena.

Halvorsen found himself slightly boxed in on the dash to the line, coming home sixth behind stage seven winner Cees Bol (Team Sunweb). Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) finished safely to seal the overall title.

Yet at one point a sprint to finish this year’s American WorldTour race did not look at all likely, with the final 141 kilometre stage anything but a procession. Several teams in the mix for the overall title went on the attack across the day’s two climbs.

Diego Rosa covered the day's major move for Team INEOS but behind Luke Rowe and Owain Doull worked hard to bring it back for a sprint.

The duo dovetailed at the head of the peloton and the fractured race back together with 10km to go, setting up Halvorsen to sprint.

It was Bol who emerged victorious though, with Halvorsen unable to fully launch his effort.
Brett Lancaster

Brett Lancaster

We’ll bounce back as a team and we’ve taken a lot of good out of this week as well.

Brett Lancaster, Sport Director:

“We came into this race with some high expectations. Kristoffer was in very good form but unfortunately today he was boxed in at the end. He didn’t get a chance to open it up in the last 200 metres.

“The team went really deep for him and were fantastic. They waited for him over the top of the climb and then helped bring the race back together.

“Gianni had bad legs and the crash from three days ago has caught up with him, but he finished in the group to protect his GC position.

“Our big loss this week was David de la Cruz, with his broken hand on day four. Yesterday’s climb would have really suited him. He was in good condition and he’s pretty down - but that’s the world we live in and that’s cycling.

“We’ll bounce back as a team and we’ve taken a lot of good out of this week as well. The guys have all got good kilometres in their legs and the whole group, both riders and staff, have worked well together.”

Stage seven result

1. Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) 2:53:16
2. Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) s.t.
3. Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates)
4. Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Merida)
5. Max Richeze (Deceuninck - Quick-Step)
6. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team INEOS)

Overall classification

1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) 32:55:12
2. Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)
3. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)
4. George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)
5. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) 
16. Gianni Moscon (Team INEOS)