Stage 8 was the shortest and easiest day of the week with only 86 miles of flat roads in Sacramento. After 700 miles and 7 continuous days of racing, the peloton was full of tired bodies. With the exception of top sprinters, most riders were content with just riding in the pack, but Chris Putt’s heart rate data below shows it’s more than a walk in the park just to stay with the pack.
Stage 4 saw the elite men ride one of the most famed stretches of coastlines in California as they departed Morro Rock in Morro Bay for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey County. Stage 4 Presented by Visit California was classified as a ‘Rolling’ Stage, which understates the elevation gain of the stage.
Done and dusted…after eight days, eight stages and nearly 800 miles, the eleventh Amgen Tour of California is in the history books thus concluding another extraordinary week of America’s Greatest Race. We crowned the first French champion, Julian Alaphilippe (Ettix-Quick-Step), who is also the youngest winner in race history at 23 years-old. BMC Racing’s Rohan Dennis, the Australian winner of the Stage 6 Folsom Time Trial, and American Brent Bookwalter completed the final GC podium. In other competitions, Rally Cycling’s Evan Huffman locked up the Lexus King of the Mountains polka dot tunic on Saturday. The revelation of the week is Axeon Hagens Berman’s Neilson Powless who takes home the SRAM Best Young Rider jersey. With fifteen career stage wins, including two this week, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) won yet another Visit California Sprint jersey.
Stage 6 was the decisive Folsom Individual Time Trial for the general classification contenders and specialists in the discipline. For all other riders, especially those with ambitions to save energy and win later in the week, the goal of the time trial is to ride only has hard as required to make the stage’s time cut.
For the second straight year we saw the elite women of the professional peloton contest the 72 mile lap of Lake Tahoe, ending at Heavenly Mountain Resort. However, with the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered with SRAM being the first ever UCI Women’s World Tour race on American soil, and the first ever stage race in Women’s World Tour history, the field of elite Women was stronger than ever and brought more diversity to the race than ever.
At rest, the average sedentary male (age 20-30) burns 100 calories an hour, which is approximately 2,400 calories per day.