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- 1. Leopold KONIG, NetApp-Endura, in 3:54:17
- 2. Javier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, Jamis-Hagens Berman, at :07
- 3. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC Racing, at :12
- 4. Michael ROGERS, Saxo-Tinkoff, at :12
- 5. Mathias FRANK, BMC Racing, at :23
- 6. Matthew BUSCHE, RadioShack-Leopard, at :29
- 7. Lawson CRADDOCK, Bontrager, at :32
- 8. Francisco MANCEBO PEREZ, 5HR, at :38
- 9. José Joao PIMENTA COSTA MENDES, NetApp-Endura, at :44
- 10. Marc DE MAAR, UnitedHealthcare, at :44
Leopold Konig (NetApp-Endura) won stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California on Saturday, as Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) kept his GC lead and sealed the overall victory with one day left.
The 146.5-kilometer course featured three categorized climbs, the big one being the brutal Mount Diablo at the finish. The 18.3km ascent averaged 5.8 percent, with the final 150 meters pitching up to 16 percent.
Crossing the line second was Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman), while van Garderen placed third.
Van Garderen holds a 1:47 lead over Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) and a 3:26 advantage over Acevedo in the GC standings. Neither rider will attack van Garderen’s cushion on Sunday so all he needs to do is finish the stage.
A 10-rider break rode at the front of the race for much of the day, a group that included Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Leopard). At the base of the Diablo climb, however, the gap between the peloton and the race leaders was falling rapidly and the breakaway started to fracture.
On the climb, numerous riders attacked as the field was displaced up and down the road.
Sunday’s stage 8 is a 131.9km route from San Francisco to Santa Rosa.