Farrar Sprints to Victory in Stage 4 of Tour of California 2013
Team Garmin-Sharp’s American sprinter Tyler Farrar powers to stage victory in furious sprint across the finish line in Santa Barbara; Team Jamis-Hagens Berman’s Janier Acevedo maintains overall 2013 Amgen Tour of California lead.
A roundabout on the course with about a mile and a half left to ride resulted in a surprise leap ahead of the pack by Ireland’s national road race champion Matt Brammeier, riding for Champion System, with riders from Team GreenEdge and Team Cannondale Pro Cycling in hot pursuit to pull him back.
In the final moments, Team Garmin-Sharp’s strategic riding paid off, with Farrar seizing victory by pulling ahead of Optum Pro Cycling’s Ken Hanson just before the finish line. Team Omega Pharma – QuickStep’s Belgian Gianni Meersman took third. Yesterday’s stage winner Peter Sagan of Cannondale Pro Cycling finished in fifth place after falling too far back in the peloton during the final meters to overtake the leaders.
“It was a really fast run into the finish – the last few kilometers were downhill. My team did a really good job taking care of me, and I was able to have the ideal position for the sprint,” Hanson commented after a visit to the podium. “I moved from Santa Barbara this past December. I lived here from 2007 to 2012. This was a really special stage for me, and I’m happy to get on the podium in second place.”
There was no change to the overall leader standings with Team Jamis-Hagens Berman’s Janier Alexis Acevedo of Columbia maintaining the overall race lead 12 seconds ahead of BMC Racing Team’s Tejay van Garderen and 27 seconds ahead of Philip Deignan of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling.
“I’m very happy to continue wearing the yellow jersey every day,” Acevedo commented and added “It was difficult today. It was a hard stage with high speeds. But in the end my team was helping me to keep the yellow jersey.”
Cannondale Pro Cycling’s Peter Sagan remained leader of the Visit California Sprint classification. BISSELL Pro Cycling’s Carter Jones of Boulder, Colorado continues to hold onto the King of the Mountain Jersey for a fourth day, and the Best Young Rider Jersey will continue to be worn by Bontrager Cycling Team’s 21-year-old cyclist Lawson Craddock of Austin, Texas.