Forty-eight hours after winning the Tour of Qatar, Mark Cavendish was back home in England spending Valentine’s Day with his wife, Peta Todd. As the couple drove through the Tottenham Hale section north of London, they came upon a female cyclist stranded at the side of the road struggling with cold hands to change a flat tire. The former UCI World Champion and multi-time Amgen Tour of California stage winner hopped out of the car, popped out the deflated front wheel and changed the tire for her. The gentlemanly gesture capped an eventful week for the Manx Missile. On Friday, Cav earned a time bonus for his second place finish on stage 5 that enabled him to retain the yellow jersey on his shoulders as the GC winner. He won the opening stage, gave up the jersey after Wednesday’s stage 3 individual time trial to his Dimension Data teammate Edvald Boasson Hagen and took it back for good on Thursday after Boasson Hagen suffered a rare double puncture in the final 10km of Stage 4. It wasn’t the way he wanted to win the overall, which he felt belonged to his Norwegian teammate, but Cavendish proved himself to be a classy champion – both in and out of competition.
Four former Amgen Tour of California winners have been in the news this week so let’s take a look at what’s going on with Michael Rogers, Chris Horner, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Trixi Worrack.
Post-Amgen Tour of California, the buildup to the Tour de France continues. There was plenty of exciting international racing action this past week with a bevy of Golden State standouts standing out in the pro peloton.
It was a record-breaking Sunday this past weekend in the world of pro cycling with Amgen Tour of California standouts playing major roles. Let’s look back at what was truly a Super Sunday.
Sprinters hate finishing second. Last May, John Degenkolb had to settle for being the runner-up in the two sprint stages that bookended the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. But since then, Degenkolb has morphed into one of the world’s best sprinters and classics riders having won the points jersey at last year’s Vuelta a Espana and two of this spring’s cycling monuments, Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix.
When it comes to luck, it’s been an up and down season for Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp), but last Sunday (Oct. 5) the Irishman found his pot of gold at the Giro di Lombardia using a perfectly-timed attack in the final kilometer to win his second cycling monument. Second place finisher Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was the day’s other big winner as the Spaniard took the lead in the WorldTour rankings with one final event, the Tour of Beijing, left on the 2014 racing calendar.