Aug 14, 2014
Category: Races  Stage 6 

In a battle of American climbers, Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) bested Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) to win his second consecutive Tour of Utah. Danielson used a solo stage 4 victory atop Powder Mountain as the launching pad to overall victory in the tenth edition of the 7-day stage race that concluded last Sunday (August 10). Horner’s teammate, Colombian climber Winner Anacona, was third.

Aug 1, 2014
Category: Stage 2  Stage 3  Transfer News 

When I took this photo of Rohan Dennis and Taylor Phinney hanging out in the green room before the Amgen Tour of California Stage 2 podium ceremony last May, I don’t think either athlete could have imagined that they would become teammates on BMC Racing this season, but that’s what happened today (August 1) after a rare mid-season transfer arrangement. Dennis, a 24-year-old Australian in his second pro season, makes the swamp from one American WorldTour team, Garmin-Sharp, to another enabling the 24-year-old Australian to join BMC Racing beginning Monday (August 4).

Jul 29, 2014
Category: Tour de France 

Our annual armchair travels through magnificent France concluded Sunday with the crowing of Vincenzo Nibali as champion of the 101st edition of the Tour de France. As the biggest race in cycling is now history, it left me with plenty to ponder after watching 21 stages and sometimes more than five hours of NBC Sports Network television coverage per day over 23 days. Here are 21 thoughts that sprouted at random.

Jul 21, 2014
Category: Tour de France 

It’s been a wild and wooly 101st Tour de France thus far. When the 21-stage, 3,664-km race departed Leeds on July 5, no one would have imagined that defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) and pre-race favorite Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) would crash out in the first two weeks. No one would have predicted that Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick-Step), winner of 25 Tour de France stages as well as a pair of 2014 Amgen Tour of California stages, would crash out on opening day on his native UK soil. During the first 15 stages of the grandest tour of them all, the riders have been rained on almost daily causing some of the chaos while leaving a number of riders with bouts of bronchitis, including 2013 Amgen Tour of California winner Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), who has already hit the pavement on four occasions during his first Tour as team leader. Perhaps the only predictable thing that has held up thus far is Peter Sagan’s (Cannondale) unassailable grip on the green sprint points jersey.

Jul 11, 2014
Category: General  Tour de France 

Irvine, California resident Roger Realsen didn’t believe it was…well…real when he received an email and Facebook messages notifying him that he won the 2014 Amgen Tour of California Trek Sweepstakes.

Jun 30, 2014
Category: Rider Interviews  Stage 5 

Great news: Amgen Tour of California stage 5 winner Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) is back on the bike after sustaining two fractures to his lower left leg and injuring his knee on Memorial Day last month at the USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship. But it’s only a stationary bike for now.

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