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Changing Of The Guard At Amgen Begins With NorCal Riders

Andrew Nixon / Capital Pubic Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Pubic Radio

Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick-Step) lost the 2015 Amgen Tour of California by three seconds when Peter Sagan took the sprinter's bonus on the final day.

This year, a breakaway of seven riders was caught on the final lap around the State Capitol and Great Britain's Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) positioned himself perfectly to blow past the field and win the final stage -- the tenth Amgen stage win of his illustrious career.

But Alaphilippe did not relinquish the overall lead and -- at 23 -- is the youngest Amgen Tour of California winner ever.   

Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC) finished second overall.

Dennis's teammate, North Carolina's Brent Brookwalter, finished third.

New York's Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) finished fourth overall.

Nineteen-year-old Roseville native Neilson Powless (Rally) took the Best Young Rider category but fell from fifth overall to sixth.     

Austin Texas' Lawson Craddock (Cannondale) finished fifth.

Elk Grove's Evan Huffman (Rally) won the King of the Mountain title. Slovakia's Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) won the sprint title.

Megan Guarnier Amgen 2016 052216 P.jpgMegan Guarnier won the women's tour of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California. Kristin Armstrong took second.  Kirsten Wild won the final stage of the tour in Sacramento.Photo: Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radi

 

New York/Mountain View's Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) won the women's tour. Kristin Armstrong took second. Guarnier's teammate, Evelyn Stevens of San Francisco/Massachusetts, finished third.

Like Powless, Washington State's Chloe Dygert (Twenty-16-Ridebiker) is also 19 and took the title of Best Young Rider.