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 16, 2015
Category: Stage 6 

I’m scared of rollercoasters. My pulse quickened just driving into Six Flags Magic Mountain in the face of what looked like an endless array of frightening roller coasters that turn, twist, drop from dizzying heights and go upside down at dazzling speeds. This was the colorful backdrop for the Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 men’s and women’s 6.7-mile individual time trial at sea level in Santa Clarita after wintry weather conditions forced the move from the original location at Big Bear Lake, which was a planned 15 miles at altitude. My own thrill ride was to take place in a Drapac team car and I was nervous.

May 15, 2015
Category: Host Cities  Stage 6 

Planning for each Amgen Tour of California stage starts almost a full year in advance, sometimes even longer. It’s mindboggling when you consider the avalanche of logistics and bureaucratic red tape involved with permitting, city planning requirements, local organizing committee considerations, sponsorship arrangements, police and security; staffing and housing issues; UCI approval to protect the athletes and so much more that is involved with ensuring a safe event for the riders, staff and spectators alike. Everything is planned, itemized and scheduled down to the minutest detail. However, the one variable that cannot be planned or controlled is the weather. What’s a race organizer to do when Mother Nature forces them to slam on the brakes and pedal fast in an entirely different direction? Act decisively in order to preserve the safety and security of everyone involved and that is exactly what the Amgen Tour of California organizers – AEG Sports and Medalist Sports - did this week when faced with that exact scenario, which ultimately resulted in the relocation of Friday’s Stage 6 men’s and women’s individual time trial from Big Bear Lake to Santa Clarita at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

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.

May 13, 2015
Category: Stage 3  Stage 4 

There’s a reason why Toms Skujins, the new leader of the Amgen Tour of California after a spectacular solo assault on Mt. Hamilton propelled him to victory on Tuesday’s Stage 3 in San Jose, was cracking jokes and deftly delivering perfectly-timed one-liners to the media during the post-race press conference. The 23-year-old Latvian riding for Hincapie Racing learned to speak English watching the Cartoon Network. Skujins audacious attack on the above category mountain was no joke.

May 12, 2015
Category: Stage 2  Stage 3 

What a difference a day makes. Stage 2 of America’s Greatest Race, a 120.4-mile pedal from Nevada City to Lodi, culminated in another group gallop that saw the Amgen Tour of California yellow jersey leader Mark Cavendish (Ettix-Quick-Step) win in a photo finish over rival Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Drapac’s Wouter Wippert. Unfortunately there were some casualties out on course.

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