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).

May 14, 2014
Category: General  Stage 3 

Warriors. The riders competing in the Amgen Tour of California are nothing less than warriors. And they are giving everything they have into their daily jousts. Standing at the finishing area after the riders summited Mt. Diablo, you could see the tremendous suffering they endured in the battle to the top written all over their faces and bodies. Most arrived hardly able to stand; huffing and puffing; sweat, spit and snot pouring freely. You think you push yourself hard in training; well it’s nothing compared to the effort these athletes make in competition. And you can tell how important this race and each stage are to the riders by their supreme efforts. No one is just going through the motions. The Amgen Tour of California is an important race on the international racing calendar and it shows.

May 13, 2014
Category: Stage 3 

The Queen stage never disappoints and today’s Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California was nothing short of epic and extraordinary. In the end, it was 23-year-old Australian Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) who conquered the nearly 100-degree temperatures and the 3,800-foot summit of Mt. Diablo taking 20 seconds back from GC race leader Sir Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) to leave the men separated by a scant 24 seconds with 5 stages remaining.

May 13, 2014
Category: Stage 3 

After competing at Monday’s time trial in dry 90-degree heat, the new Amgen Tour of California race leader Sir Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was asked at the post-race press conference how to prepare for even more heat that is expected to hit the peloton during Tuesday’s Stage 3 trek from San Jose to the summit of Mt. Diablo, the first of two mountaintop finishes.