Oss Is Amgen Tour's Mountain King17. May 2015, Pasadena, California (USA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team's Daniel Oss secured the first "king of the mountains" title of his career Sunday as the 10th edition of the Amgen Tour of California concluded in Pasadena.
Oss donned the special polka dot classification jersey to the cheers of the crowd in the BMC Racing Team's home state. He first put himself in position to contend for the title by being part of breakaways on Stages 2 and 3 – the second of which earned him the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous jersey. He then took the lead on the penultimate stage of the eight-day race by earning points on the first two categorized climbs on Saturday.
"This was strange for me because I was always in the breakaways, accumulating points," Oss said. "But I am not a climber. I weigh 80 kilos. But I was looking for this jersey after the first breakaway and getting some points. I said, 'this is something we have to do,' so we went after it."
Oss said he started the race unsure of his form after going nearly a month between events.
"I didn't know what I could do," he said. "This was my first race after the classics season. I felt fresh and I felt good and I was just looking to see what I could do to build my shape up for the second part of the season."
In the overall standings, Ben Hermans was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher in 12th place. He was 2:21 behind Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), who used a time bonus for his third-place finish on the last stage to overtake Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick Step) and win the race by three seconds. Alaphilippe's teammate, Mark Cavendish, took his fourth victory of the week by out-sprinting Wouter Wippert (Drapac Pro Cycling) and Sagan at the end of the 105.2-kilometer circuit race around the Rose Bowl Stadium.
Oss is the second rider from the BMC Racing Team to win the king of the mountains crown at the Amgen Tour of California, joining Scott Nydam, who did it in 2008.