Stage 1 was a 97 mile (156k) stage from Sausalito to Santa Rosa.
Juan Jose Haedo of Team CSC took the stage with Gerald Ciolek of High Road finishing second and Heinrich Haussler of Gerolsteiner rounded out the podium.
The Peloton finished with the same time with a couple groups coming in later but none of the GC contendors lost any time.
No change in the Golden Jersey standings
Jackson Stewart of BMC was away on a breakaway early so he took both the Green and Orange jerseys
Ciolek takes the blue jersey from Hagen