Jul 2, 2015
Category: Women's Races  Tour de France 

All eyes are focused on Europe as two of cycling’s grandest tours get started this weekend. A day after the international women’s peloton sets off on the 26th Giro Rosa from Slovenia on Friday (July 3) for ten days of world-class competition, the men will have their Grand Depart from Utrecht, The Netherlands on Saturday (July 4) at the Tour de France. A handful of Amgen Tour of California protagonists are expected to play major roles in this year’s edition of the Grand Boucle, which has been riding since 1903.

Jun 15, 2015
Category: Races  Tour de France 

Post-Amgen Tour of California, the buildup to the Tour de France continues. There was plenty of exciting international racing action this past week with a bevy of Golden State standouts standing out in the pro peloton.

Jul 29, 2014
Category: Tour de France 

Our annual armchair travels through magnificent France concluded Sunday with the crowing of Vincenzo Nibali as champion of the 101st edition of the Tour de France. As the biggest race in cycling is now history, it left me with plenty to ponder after watching 21 stages and sometimes more than five hours of NBC Sports Network television coverage per day over 23 days. Here are 21 thoughts that sprouted at random.

Jul 21, 2014
Category: Tour de France 

It’s been a wild and wooly 101st Tour de France thus far. When the 21-stage, 3,664-km race departed Leeds on July 5, no one would have imagined that defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) and pre-race favorite Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) would crash out in the first two weeks. No one would have predicted that Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick-Step), winner of 25 Tour de France stages as well as a pair of 2014 Amgen Tour of California stages, would crash out on opening day on his native UK soil. During the first 15 stages of the grandest tour of them all, the riders have been rained on almost daily causing some of the chaos while leaving a number of riders with bouts of bronchitis, including 2013 Amgen Tour of California winner Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), who has already hit the pavement on four occasions during his first Tour as team leader. Perhaps the only predictable thing that has held up thus far is Peter Sagan’s (Cannondale) unassailable grip on the green sprint points jersey.

Jul 11, 2014
Category: General  Tour de France 

Irvine, California resident Roger Realsen didn’t believe it was…well…real when he received an email and Facebook messages notifying him that he won the 2014 Amgen Tour of California Trek Sweepstakes.

Jun 27, 2014
Category: Races  Tour de France 

After collecting a drawer full of yellow Amgen Tour of California jerseys last month, Sir Bradley Wiggins added a red, white and blue skinsuit to his wardrobe Thursday evening by winning his third British National Time Trial Championship. In cool and wet conditions, the reigning King of California covered the technical 26 miles of rolling roads in 53:56, 1:08 faster than his Team Sky teammate and runner-up Geraint Thomas.

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