CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"My chain was not going on the 11 [cog] and I lost some speed and I needed that extra gear at the end.”

Photo: Trek Factory Racing

DANNY VAN POPPEL

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS
15.05.2015 @ 03:06 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

The rain moved into the golden state as the 154-kilometer stage five at the Amgen Tour of California was a wet affair from start to end. 

 

A few added bumps to the parcours and a five-man escape group did little to shake up a projected sprint finish, and it was a bunched and soggy peloton that roared into Santa Clarita.

 

Yesterday, Jasper Stuyven was granted the green light to contest the uphill sprint, but today Danny van Poppel - the usual go-to fastman for Trek Factory Racing here – had his usual job back.

 

But over the line the lightening fast Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) snatched his third win this week, and proved yet again why he is one of the world’s quickest sprinters.

 

Danny van Poppel crossed the line in 5th place, a sprint that was set-up flawlessly by the team, but did not play out flawlessly for him.

 

“It was really dangerous with the rain,” explained van Poppel about the tricky wet finale.“The last few sprints have gone really well with the team, better and better each time. They know their job and Stijn and Markel put us in the front and held us there, and then Jasper again did a great lead-out in the last kilometer.  I had Cavendish’s wheel, it was perfect, but I was fighting Sagan for it. I let Sagan have the wheel, then with 300m to go the lead out was not going fast enough when we started the sprint, then they came from behind and we went again. My chain was not going on the 11 [cog] and I lost some speed and I needed that extra gear at the end.”

 

Sport director Alain Gallopin added,“Today our goal was to make the sprint for Danny, but since the beginning the top three are always the same, just a different order. Sprinting against Cavendish, Sagan and Wippert is not easy.

 

“Our other goal was to keep our three guys for the GC safe, especially with this rain day as it’s always dangerous in the finale. At the end, they were all together in the front. There was a crash behind but nobody from us. They are in a good position for tomorrow.”

 

Due to a foot of snow, and cold temperatures forecasted for Big Bear Lake the time trial scheduled for tomorrow’s stage six was relocated to lower elevations and slashed from a 24-kilometer race against the clock to a short and fast 10.6-kilometer sprint.  The shorter event will diminish the time differences and add weight to Saturday’s queen stage that finishes up Mt. Baldy.

 

When asked about the changed in the parcours for stage six, Gallopin was not excited:

 

“With a guy like Riccardo Zoidl we would have preferred a longer TT to make some differences there. We had hoped to do something strong tomorrow in the TT, and a flat and shorter course is not good for us. No, it is not good news…but he is also a good climber and we will see on Mt. Baldy.”

 

Despite a change in the time trial’s parcours that may alter the game plan for Trek Factory Racing, Gallopin heaped praise on the Amgen Tour of California organization for its preemptive decision:  

 

“In the end it’s a really good thing. The Tour of California, together with the other American race organizations, is really exemplary in making plan A, B and C. Many more races should follow their lead; this is the way to do it. I am sure it is a logistical nightmare for them, but it was the best thing to do.” 

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

Bycykling 101: Navigering i byens gader og cykelvenlige... 27.11.2023 @ 12:11The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21

Currently no news in this list

Jonas FREDBORG
46 years | today
Muhammad Izrafel BIN MOHSEN
28 years | today
Rafal FROHLICH
36 years | today
Chris WHERRY
51 years | today
Andres MENDOZA
33 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com