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.
The 2014 winner of the Amgen Tour of California will return at the helm of his own squad, Team Wiggins, not only to celebrate his Tour de France winning career soon to come to an end but also to prepare for the team pursuit at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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.
This week, we finally got a look at the challenging route for the 2016 Amgen Tour of California, which was revealed at a media event presented by Visit California. From top to bottom – actually that should be from bottom to top since for only the second time ever, the race will travel south to north – the courses for the May 15-22 event will showcase California’s breathtaking beauty while taking the breath of the world’s most accomplished cyclists in a stage race that could be described as long and tall. The route for the eleventh edition of America’s Greatest Race is one of the longest in race history at nearly 800 miles and one of the tallest with almost 65,000 feet of climbing.