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Reinardt Janse van Rensburg © Gallo Images

Top 10 for DiData in California

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 on Sunday, 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 three city circuit laps. It was a flat 167km course and even though there was a slight crosswind section, it was not enough to shake up proceedings.

Four 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 their 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. The African team rider did well, going up against most of the biggest names in world sprinting, to cross the line in sixth position.

Janse van Rensburg said afterwards: "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 sixth place on a pretty fast day, I’ll take that for now, but there are some better stages coming for me."


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