Megias Remains in Top 25 at Amgen Tour of California

17 May 2016

Race: Amgen Tour of California, Stage 2

Start/Finish: South Pasadena/Santa Clarita, California, USA

Distance: 92.3 miles, 148.5 kilometers

Santa Clarita, California —Monday’s Stage 2 of the Tour of California saw a large group of nearly 25 riders escape early into the 92.3-mile stage, but as the peloton reached the first of four categorized climbs, everything came back together. Soon, Ben King (Cannondale Pro Cycling) attacked and three riders grabbed his wheel. The quartet raced well together until Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Giant-Alpecin) dropped from the front group. Next, William Barta (Axeon Hagens Berman) had a mechanical that forced him out of the breakaway. The remaining duo, King and Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling), held off the chasing peloton with King taking the win. Team Novo Nordisk’s Javier Megias finished in the front group and currently sits in the top 25 overall.

“The plan was to get someone into the breakaway but the beginning was really fast, and it was difficult to get someone up there,” Megias said. “The pace wasn’t easy, but I felt comfortable. Tomorrow is a big stage with Gibraltar, so we will see how the legs feel. I’m taking on this race one day at a time.”

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Javier Megias with Team Novo Nordisk CEO and Co-founder, Phil Southerland

Team Novo Nordisk continues racing at the Amgen Tour of California on Tuesday with a 104.1-mile race beginning in Thousand Oaks. Stage 3 features three categorized climbs before a beyond classification summit finish up Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara.



  • 1st: Ben King (Cannondale Pro Cycling): 3:52:09
  • 2nd: Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling): same time as King
  • 3rd: Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha): 0:08 behind King

Team Novo Nordisk Results: 

  • Javier Megias: 38th: 0:08 behind King
  • David Lozano: 96th: 7:19 behind King
  • Joonas Henttala: 102nd: 10:16 behind King
  • Charles Planet: 109th: 10:16 behind King
  • Andrea Peron: 123rd: 15:30 behind King
  • Martijn Verschoor: 124th: 15:30 behind King
  • Chris Williams: 125th: 15:30 behind King
  • Stephen Clancy: 126th: 15:30 behind King

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