Mark Cavendish (Etixx – Quick-Step) rocketed to the stage win to open the 10th Annivserasy edition of the Amgen Tour of California. It was the Manx Man's sixth stage win at the Tour and his second in Sacramento.
Simon Gerrans had the honour of wearing the Maglia Rosa after ORICA-GreenEDGE dominated the Stage One team time trial on Saturday while a seventh spot behind winner Ella Viviani (Sky) on Stage Two into Genova saw the jersey change hands to Michael Matthe
Valverde's final attack on the climb to the finish of the 101st Liege-Bastogne-Liege proved the winner as the 35 year old added a third win in the prestigious race, just days after victory in the Fleche Wallone.
World Race Champion Michel Kwiatowski (Etixx - Quick-Step) proved himself the strongest in the final sprint atop the Cauberg to take the 2015 Amstel Gold Race. The Polish rider was followed by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Michael Matthews (Orica Gre
John Degenkolb (TGA) became the first German since Josef Fischer in1896 to win the Queen of Classics and the first man since Sean Kelly in 1986 to achieve the Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix double in the same year.
Katusha's Alexander Kristoff became the first Norwegian to win Flanders, a dream held since a young boy. The victory is his tenth of the season and came after dropping Niki Terpstra ((Etixx – Quick Step) after a final kilometre two-up sprint.
The 2015 Friends Life Tour of Britain starting with the first Grand Depart in Wales will include a stage start in Edinburgh, the toughest summit finish and a radically overhauled route for the criterium finish in London.