• Peter Sagan celebrates after winning the 2015 Amgen Tour of California. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Peter Sagan worked hard to collect bonus seconds during the final stage to win the Amgen Tour of California.
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Cycling Central

18 May 2015 - 6:47 AM  UPDATED 18 May 2015 - 9:09 AM

The Tinkoff-Saxo rider started the final stage two seconds down on Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick-Step) after the young Frenchman took the race lead from Sagan on Mt Baldy.

In the final stage Sagan managed to gain a one second time bonus in the intermediate sprint, to ensure the general classification battle would be fought on the finish line.

As Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick-Step) and Drapac's Wouter Wippert battled for the stage honours, Sagan was able to narrowly hold off Tyler Farrar (MTN-Qhubeka) for third to earn the final time bonus and in doing so secure himself the overall honours and his biggest general classification victory.

“At first I didn’t believe it. I’m very happy, and I want to pay a big thanks to all my team-mates for doing an incredible job.  I’m very happy and relieved as it was so close right until the end. I never would have thought that I could have won the GC, when I started the race so it’s also a surprise for me." - Peter Sagan

Stage 8: 95.6km, Los Angeles - Pasadena
1 Mark Cavendish (GBR) Etixx-Quick-Step 2hr 14min 55sec    
2 Wouter Wippert (NED) Drapac         
3 Peter Sagan (SVK) Tinkoff-Saxo         
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN-Qhubeka         
5 Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) LottoNL-Jumbo         
6 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (ARG) Jamis-Hagens Berman         
7 Zico Waeytens (BEL) Giant-Alpecin         
8 Andrea Peron (ITA) Novo Nordisk         
9 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon      
10 Martijn Verschoor (NED) Novo Nordisk

General Classification
1 Peter Sagan (SVK) Tinkoff-Saxo 28hr 13min 12sec    
2 Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) Etixx-Quick-Step 0:00:03    
3 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (COL) Sky 0:00:37    
4 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin 0:01:14    
5 Robert Gesink (NED) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:15    
6 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (ESP) Trek Racing 0:01:16    
7 Ian Boswell (USA) Sky 0:01:23    
8 Riccardo Zoidl (AUT) Trek Racing 0:01:24    
9 Peter Kennaugh (GBR) Sky 0:01:44    
10 Rob Britton (CAN) SmartStop 0:02:10