Apr 25, 2016
Category: General 

Last week, I received an inquiry from a loyal reader asking when the teams will be announced for the eleventh edition of the Amgen Tour of California. Since the teams were revealed at the beginning of last month, the question made me think that this column should review the 18 professional men’s squads comprised of World, National and Grand Tour champions that made selection for the nearly 800-mile, 8-day stage race starting May 15 for the first time in San Diego on a south-to-north trek through the Golden State.

Apr 17, 2016
Category: General  Races  The Classics 

In addition to showcasing world and national champions, Olympic medalists and Grand Tour stage winners, the Amgen Tour of California also provides a platform for developing professionals to breakthrough to the next level. Two riders who made strong impressions during the 10th anniversary edition of America’s Greatest Race, Toms Skujiņš and Logan Owen, are in the spotlight this week.

Apr 14, 2016
Category: General  Insider Abroad 
An interesting addition to the line-up of the Tour of California this year is popular French team Direct Energie, previously known as Europcar, with their up and coming sprinter Bryan Coquard.
Apr 11, 2016
Category: Races  The Classics 

The dust from the famed cobblestones has barely settled from this season’s third monument, Paris-Roubaix, and we turn our attention to the Spring Classics for the GC riders, three hilly one-day races known as the Ardennes Classics. Last year, a young French unknown, Ettix-Quick-Step’s Julian Alaphilippe, emerged and impressed with a pair of surprising second place finishes, which proved to be a harbinger for an overall runner-up result at the tenth anniversary Amgen Tour of California.

Apr 3, 2016
Category: Races  The Classics 

When Peter Sagan arrived in Sacramento last May, the weight on his shoulders was mighty. Pressured publically in the press by his Tinkoff team owner to earn his multimillion dollar salary with wins, the Slovak came correct using a powerful time trial triumph at Magic Mountain followed by an inspired climb to the summit of Mount Baldy to capture overall victory at the tenth anniversary Amgen Tour of California. Since that breakthrough, Sagan is arguably having the best year of any cyclist in the international peloton. His magic carpet ride continued Sunday when he won his first monument, Ronde van Vlaanderen, in cycling mad Belgium to assure his storied place in cycling lore.

Mar 28, 2016
Category: Races  The Classics 

For many of the more rugged and rapid riders, the road to May’s Amgen Tour of California is paved with cobblestones. Two of the four cobblestone classics took place this week in Belgium, the heart and soul of the cycling world. Earlier in the week, a terrorist attack in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, cast a dark cloud over the entire world yet in the end, Peter Sagan’s (Tinkoff) rainbow jersey illuminated Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem finale as the reigning Amgen Tour of California winner won his first race as UCI Road World Champion.

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