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).

Sep 16, 2014
Category: Races  Stage 1  Stage 2  Stage 8 

It was podium time last Sunday for four Amgen Tour of California standouts. Sir Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick-Step), John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) and Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) made their presences felt on the final day of stage races in Britain and Spain.

Aug 29, 2014
Category: Races  Stage 1  Stage 8 

This year’s Amgen Tour of California was bookended by electrifying 1-2 finishes by fastmen Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick-Step) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano). On Tuesday in two different stage races taking place in two different countries, both sprinters posted up to celebrate victory and amazingly they managed to repeat the feat Wednesday. What are the odds of that?!?!?

May 19, 2014
Category: General  Stage 8 

It was the final day of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California and I wanted to pull off something big for The Insider. Thanks to Melinda and Fitzalan, the PR pros handling Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first professional cycling team on which every athlete has Type 1 diabetes, I went on the ride of my life on Sunday in Thousand Oaks on the Stage 8 circuit.

May 18, 2014
Category: General  Stage 8 

For the fifth time, Peter Sagan (Cannondale) departs the Amgen Tour of California as the Visit California Sprint Points winner. The speedy Slovak felt tremendous relief after winning Stage 7, his 11th California career stage win extending his reign as the winningest rider in Amgen Tour of California history. Entering Sunday’s final stage with Green Monster confidence, he knew the hilly circuit starting and finishing in Thousand Oaks would be difficult for the pure sprinters and thought it would be his day again.  

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