May 29, 2015
Category: Stage 3  Stage 5  Stage 6  Stage 7  Stage 8 

It was a flat out drag race to the finish line atop Metcalf Road in San Jose during Stage 3 of the tenth Amgen Tour of California and it was neck and neck. Fan favorite Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) and upstart Julian Alaphilippe (Ettix-Quick-Step) clashed for the runner-up spot after Hincapie Racing’s Toms Skujins rode off with the day’s top prize. Trading a series of jabs and body blows, Sagan, who has the record for stage wins at America’s Greatest Race, barely edged out the 22-year-old Frenchman riding for the first time in California. That mad dash to the finish presaged the ultimate result in the GC battle that would unfold in the shadow of the iconic Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Stage 8. One could argue that Sagan won the Amgen Tour that sunny Tuesday afternoon. Standing 50 meters past the line, I watched Alaphilippe take his left hand off his bars to pat the speedy Slovak on the back in an offer of congratulations. It was a classy sporting gesture of respect from the second-year pro who in his breakout season was the breakthrough rider of this year’s Amgen Tour of California.

May 19, 2015
Category: Host Cities  Stage 5  Stage 6  Stage 7  Stage 8 

What an extraordinary week it was, the tenth edition of the Amgen Tour of California. Like the inaugural Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered by SRAM won by pint-sized Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM), the yellow jersey changed hands on the final day with the aid of time bonuses in a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat sprint showdown that crowned Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) the new King of California by a scant three-second margin over 22-year-old French phenom Julian Alaphilippe (Ettix-Quick-Step).

May 14, 2015
Category: Stage 4  Stage 5 

Halfway through the tenth edition of the Amgen Tour of California, we arrive at the business end of the 724-mile, eight-day stage race. The next three stages will determine the overall winner with today’s Stage 5 from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita not to be overlooked ahead of Friday’s individual time trial (forced to move from Big Bear Lake to Santa Clarita due to impending snow and frigid temperatures) and Saturday’s highly anticipated epic battle on Baldy.

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.

Jun 10, 2014
Category: Rider Interviews  Stage 5 

It was great to hear Taylor Phinney’s enthusiastic voice this morning on a media conference call from the Park City Medical Center in Park City, Utah where the U.S. National Time Trial Champion continues his recovery from the broken left tibula that he sustained Memorial Day during the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional National Road Race Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

May 30, 2014
Category: General  Stage 5 

It’s been difficult to get information about Taylor Phinney since he crashed on Monday (May 26) during the 2014 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional National Championship Road Race in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His team, BMC Racing, is keeping silent, not issuing a single press release to update the media on the rider’s condition, treatment, prognosis and recovery since announcing the crash, which occurred two days after Phinney won his second national time trial championship.

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