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.  

May 18, 2014
Category: Stage 8 

Moments after winning Stage 8 in Thousand Oaks in a thrilling dash over Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano), Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma –QuickStep) immediately began lobbying Amgen Tour of California executive director Kristin Bachochin.

May 18, 2014
Category: Stage 8 

Sunday’s closing stage of the ninth Amgen Tour of California could witness fireworks on the 76-mile stage, four laps of a difficult circuit in Thousand Oaks near the headquarters of race title sponsor Amgen. The signature feature of the route is the Rock Store climb on Mulholland Drive, a twisty vertical test local motorcyclists refer to as “The Snake” for its nefariously biting switchbacks. The finale of America’s Greatest Race shows no mercy for the riders, who will face another 8,800 feet of ascending, three Michelob Ultra King of the Mountains summits at the top of the Rock Store climb and two Visit California Sprint lines. It is a similar circuit last raced in this event in 2010 except they added a few finishing circuits on flat roads.