Greg Henderson outsprinted the rest of the peloton through Modesto and claimed victory in the Stage 3 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. His victory moved him into first place in the overall standings, which means he'll be wearing the overall race leader jersey when Wednesday's Stage 4 kicks off in Livermore. Henderson was able to showcase his sprinting skills in one of the last truly all-out sprints of the race:
"The last 10 kilometers was very chaotic with everyone fighting for the front and multiple changes in direction," said Henderson. "I can't thank my team enough. Jeremy Hunt got me to the final corner and I went with 500 meters to go. I wasn't getting any slower and I was at 200 meters. Ben (Swift) didn't catch up and I only had about five or six pedals to go. It was a surprise to me to win because you don't typically sprint from 500 meters out. Winning today shows that I am in great condition and I was very lucky to hold everyone at the line."
While Henderson claimed the race leader jersey, Peter Sagan (SVK) claimed the Herbalife Sprint Jersey and Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey. The Sprint Jersey is awarded to the rider that accumulates the most bonus points, which are given based on Sprint Line performances as well as finishing the stage in the top-15 places. The Best Young Rider Jersey goes to the best finisher under the age of 23.
Jan Barta (CZE) earned Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey. This jersey goes to the rider who best exemplifies the character of those engaged in the fight against cancer - courage, sacrifice, inspiration, determination and perseverance. Part of Amgen's sponsorship of this race is meant to honor and celebrate cancer survivors and to raise awareness about its Breakaway from Cancer® initiative, thus the jersey.