"I think I was surprised by my effort," said Sagan, 25, on the NBC telecast, after beating the 127 other men in the eight-day race. Sagan won two stages of the nearly 700-mile race, which began in Sacramento and included tours around Lake Tahoe and through Lodi, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara before finishing over the last three days in Santa Clarita, Mount Baldy Village, Azusa and on today's course, from downtown Los Angeles to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
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Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe finished a close second to Sagan. "I have had some of my best results at the Amgen Tour of California, and I want to return every year because it just gets better and better," Sagan said on NBC after the race.
The 2015 Amgen Tour of California also included a first of its kind three-day professional women's cycling race on May 8 in South Lake Tahoe, as well as a women's invitational Time Trial in Big Bear Lake on Friday.