May 19, 2014
Category: General  Stage 8 

It was the final day of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California and I wanted to pull off something big for The Insider. Thanks to Melinda and Fitzalan, the PR pros handling Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first professional cycling team on which every athlete has Type 1 diabetes, I went on the ride of my life on Sunday in Thousand Oaks on the Stage 8 circuit.

May 18, 2014
Category: General  Stage 8 

For the fifth time, Peter Sagan (Cannondale) departs the Amgen Tour of California as the Visit California Sprint Points winner. The speedy Slovak felt tremendous relief after winning Stage 7, his 11th California career stage win extending his reign as the winningest rider in Amgen Tour of California history. Entering Sunday’s final stage with Green Monster confidence, he knew the hilly circuit starting and finishing in Thousand Oaks would be difficult for the pure sprinters and thought it would be his day again.  

May 18, 2014
Category: General 

Some people have criticized 2014 Amgen Tour of California winner Sir Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) as being cold and heartless, but the display of emotion that burst forth after he crossed the Stage 8 finish line in Thousand Oaks was anything but. Wiggins left his bike by the side of the stage, ran across the street, hopped a barrier and rushed into the waiting arms of his wife and two children. It was a rare and beautiful moment to behold.

May 17, 2014
Category: General  Health Tips 

One of the big stories this week at the ninth Amgen Tour of California has been the oppressive heat wave blanketing the entire state resulting in triple-digit temperatures. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ramin Modabber spoke to the media after Stage 7 in Pasadena to discuss how the riders, race staff and spectators were affected.

May 17, 2014
Category: General  Stage 6 

Fun moment in the post-Stage 6 press conference atop Mountain High while winner Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE) and third place finisher Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) addressed the media about their six-man break that successfully eluded capture and settled the 94.4 mile day amongst themselves.

May 16, 2014
Category: General  Stage 6 

There are a couple of noteworthy trends at the ninth Amgen Tour of California. For the third consecutive day, a breakaway succeeded in determining the stage winner. Talented young riders such as Stage 6 winner Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE) are putting on one heck of a show at America’s Greatest Race providing a glimpse into the future of cycling.

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