Anna van der Breggen started the final stage of the Tour of California trailing by a second.
And She finished it ahead by a second.
One second separated Anna van der Breggen from the overall leader going into the final stage of the women’s Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, a 20-lap circuit race around the downtown streets of Sacramento.
“It’s not much, But it’s still difficult, if you’re not really a sprinter, in a stage like this, The team did great, and I just had to hang on and get some seconds back, and we were really happy that it worked out and we got two seconds.”
The finale of the four-arrange race comprised of laps on a 2.2-mile course through California's capital, and it turned out to be a race that would be chosen by the sprinters.
In reality, Italian speedster Giorgia Bronzini won the race to the line, holding off Stage 3 champ Coryn Rivera and Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands to catch the triumph.
The main drama, though, had played out well before the finish. Van der Breggen needed to make up one second over a 43.5-mile race. But that would be a difficult task with Hall’s teammates from United Healthcare constantly at the front of the peloton, trying to protect their rider’s lead.
It hardly helped that, minutes into the race, van der Breggen was involved in a crash.
Hall finished second overall in a significant result for her UnitedHealthcare team which, unlike world powerhouse Boels-Dolmans, races primarily in smaller races in the U.S.
"This was a really big deal for us," said Hall, who also won the mountains jersey. "We're not in the WorldTour, and so being able to take it to the WorldTour teams was really an honor. I'm happy we went away with the team (general classification), because it really was a team effort."
Cuba's Arlenis Sierra finished third, winning the points jersey for her consistency.
"This was very important for me. I'm very happy with this opportunity," she said, "and it means a lot to me because I've never had an opportunity to race in California."