Rally Cycling’s Ty Magner finished ninth on stage one of the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday. Magner launched his sprint with 300 meters to go after the team safely delivered him to the sharp end of the race. Magner went head to head against the likes of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) for a shot at stage glory.
The flat circuit race in downtown Long Beach covered eleven laps over 133 km and traversed Long Beach’s panoramic port coastline and bustling residential areas. The field sprint came after the day’s breakaway was reeled in with ten kilometers to go, in the final lap.
Throughout the stage, Magner was looked after by his teammates. Whether it was staying together near the front of the peloton or keeping him topped off with food and water, a Rally Cycling jersey was never far away from the team’s top sprinter in California.
The team’s general classification hopes, Rob Britton and Brandon McNulty, each made a trip to the team car for mechanical issues during the stage but made it safely back into the bunch to finish on equal time.
Monday’s 155 km second stage will take the riders from the city of Ventura to the iconic Gibraltar Road, high above Santa Barbara. The mountaintop finish climbs over 3,000 ft in 13 km and will be the first true test for riders chasing the general classification.
Ty Magner on finishing top ten in his first WorldTour race
“We didn’t want to worry about the breakaway today since we knew it would be a big bunch sprint. I had Pate, de Vos, and Carpenter looking after me until about three km to go, then it was up to me to freelance off of the bigger trains coming into the finish.
“I was in a good spot near Cavendish and Sagan but kinda ran into some traffic with the leadout riders dropping back through the field. I was feeling really good at 300 meters, waiting to drop it down to my eleven and go, but I got pinched out and salvaged the stage the best I could.
“I’m definitely hungry for more. Top ten is sweet but top five would be amazing and I know I’m capable of it.”
Stage 1 Results
1 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors 3:02:23
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
4 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
5 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
6 Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Hagens Berman Axeon
7 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
8 Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
9 Tyler Magner (USA) Rally Cycling
10 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data