05/21/2018, Amgen Tour of california
canyon at tour of california
Results, experience... and pizza.
The 2018 Amgen Tour of California wrapped Saturday, and for Canyon’s two supported teams — the CANYON//SRAM women’s squad and Team Katusha-Alpecin — it was week of California sun, some experience, and a few nice results.
While the teams raced, our Canyon Crew showed up in Woodside and Folsom with several test bikes, running pop-up demos of our Ultimate and Endurace models, giving many folks a chance to ride a Canyon for the first time. Thursday's group ride saw a climb up Alpine Road near Stanford University, while Friday’s ride in Folsom was a cruise along the American River on the Johnny Cash Trail, an homage to the singer’s song “Folsom Prison Blues,” which he famously played live for prisoners in 1968.
Back at the race for Katusha-Alpecin (who brought Marcel Kittel, Ian Boswell, Rick Zabel and Nathan Peter-Haas to California), the week saw its challenges, including an ill-timed flat tire in the last few miles of a flat stage tailor-made for sprint ace Marcel Kittel. And while the team was on the front and hammering in the final stage into Sacramento, there was no payoff in the end. But for a team that has performance in July at the Tour de France as a priority, there was good takeaway back to Europe.
“You know, we just went too early today,” Kittel said while relaxing at the Canyon booth at the conclusion of the race in Sacramento. “But that’s ok. Our guys, they were eager to put in results, so it shows me we have what it takes. We have races like today to learn from. So really, it’s good.”
The CANYON//SRAM squad (consisting of American Alexis Ryan, Polish GC contender Kasia Niewiadoma and the two Strava pro contract winners in Leah Thorvilson and Tanja Erath) played several cards during its three-day stage race. American Alexis Ryan was fourth in the opening stage, and then finally on the podium in second in the sprint finale in Sacramento.
The team’s top honors went to Niewiadoma. Taking third on the massive queen stage into Lake Tahoe, Calif., to move into third overall, she held her position through the finale in Sacramento to finish third overall in the race.
"This race is beautiful!" Niewiadoma said. "It's a great experience to be racing in the USA. It's more chill and less nervous. I definitely want to come back here, because I feel that I have a mission to complete."
After the race in Sacramento, and before everyone boarded planes to head back to Europe, the entire CANYON//SRAM team came to the Canyon booth at the race expo to join Kittel, Boswell and Zabel in signing autographs, as the group of pros and fans enjoyed bit of a social hour... and the athletes devoured a few well-earned slices of pizza.