Egan Bernal is riding high…
The 21-year-old Colombian cyclist has been confirmed as the overall winner of the 2018 Tour of California as he finished safely in the bunch while his compatriot Fernando Gaviria won the final stage.
Having won Friday’s mountain stage by a handsome margin, Bernal only had to finish in the main group on the flat final stage to Sacramento, and he rolled in safely as Gaviria took his third stage victory of the race.
Gaviria was the final man in the leading pack and was the first to open his sprint with 200m to go with Caleb Ewan coming up fast on the left-hand side of the road.
It looked as if the stage win would be contested by those two men until Max Walschied came from nowhere to intersect the two of them and throw his bike towards the line.
The German rider thought he had won it as he crossed the line, but the photo finish showed that Gaviria had clung on to take his third stage win of the race by the narrowest of margins.
Meanwhile Bernal finished in 33rd place to confirm his overall victory by 1-25 ahead of Tejay van Garderen and 2-14 ahead of Daniel Martinez.
Tour of California 2018, stage seven: Sacramento to Sacramento. 143km
- Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors, in 3-07-39
- Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
- Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
- Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
- Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko-Citadel
- Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
- Michael Rice (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon
- Ty Magner (USA) Rally Cycling
- Dan McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac
- Kiel Reijnan (USA) Trek-Segafredo, all at same time
Final general classification
- Egan Bernal (Col) Team Sky, 25-34-19
- Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing, at 1-25
- Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac, at 2-14
- Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, at 2-16
- Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky, at 2-28
- Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 3-01
- Brandon McNulty (USA) Rally Cycling, at 3-28
- Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors, at 3-50
- Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates, at 3-59
- Mathias Frank (Sui) AG2R La Mondiale, at 4-01