Greg Henderson scored Team Sky's second win in a row when he sprinted to victory in yesterday's 3rd stage of the Amgen Tour of California and in to the overall race leader's jersey just ahead of his team mate, Ben Swift.
Sky's sprint train dominated the run in to the stage finish but while the rest of the sprinters appeared to be waiting for Swift to make his move Henderson went instead. Subsequently it turned out that the Englishman was having trouble getting through the traffic which left Henderson to make the decision to go for it himself.
Henderson powered clear in the finishing straight and put daylight between himself and rest of the field before holding off Juan José Haedo (Saxo Bank Sungard) and world champion Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo).
Swift was blocked a couple of times in a frantic finale but still finished in 11th position and he and Henderson are joint top of the overall standings, with the Kiwi just taking over the leader's golden jersey.
"We were all lined up and I opened up with 500 metres to go expecting Swifty, but he wasn't there,” said Henderson. With 100m to go I thought no one had come around me so I just kept my head down. I was lucky to have the legs but was absolutely spent at the line. I was so lactic I was cross-eyed - I couldn’t even do a victory salute!” Henderson told TeamSky.com.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.