Arlenis Sierra of Astana beat Alexis Ryan and Emma White to win the final stage of the 2018 women's Tour of California. Katie Hall won the

Arlenis Sierra of Astana won the final stage of the 2018 women’s Tour of California with a perfectly-timed sprint finish in Sacramento. Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) and Emma White (Rally) came in second and third to round out the podium. Yesterday’s stage winner, Katie Hall, finished safely in the bunch to win the race overall.

The Astana rider’s stage victory stemmed from her patience in the final. “In the final kilometers, we began formation, with myself and Sofia. She did a great pull for me, giving me the ability to win.

“When there were 100 meters to go, I was second wheel, though I don’t remember who I was behind. That’s when I decided to go, in the final 100 meters, you have to decide to go or not,” said Sierra.

Hall’s overall win was especially notable due to her position as the overall runner-up by one-second in the 2017 edition.

“It feels really really good, this is actually the 3rd year I’ve worn the yellow jersey but the first year that I’ve taken it home. I am really thankful for my teammates, I’m really happy to have so many fans and friends here at my home race and I’m happy to go home with the yellow jersey.”

The overall race winner was also happy with the equal prize money on offer and hopes the race can expand in the future after being reduced by a stage between 2017 to 2018.

“It’s great that we had equal prize money here, I think California is a pretty progressive state, it fits in with our values here and it’s a big deal for us. It’s a bit sad to lose a day and especially for me because I love my days in the mountains and I also just love my state and love to show it off, so I’d love to see a couple more days.”

Final general classification, top 10

Full stage 3 results