AToC Stage 6 Preview with BJM

Stage 6 at the Amgen Tour of California marks a return of the Big Bear finish, first seen in 2010 – however this year, the stage includes less climbs before the final ascent to the Snow Summit ski area at over 7,000-foot elevation. “It’s a big fitness test and this is designed to tire out…

Sagan Comes Of Age

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) showed to the world at the Amgen Tour of California that he is a force to be reckoned with, winning four stages out of four by beating some of the fastest men in the world. It was a long hot day on Wednesday for all the riders, where they faced six categorized…

AToC Stage 5 Preview with BJM

The race of truth today at the Amgen Tour of California – the time trial. One rider, one bike and a clock. That’s it. And the 18.4-mile (29.7 km) course is definitely for the specialists. The time trial course reprises many of the roads of the finishing circuit at the end of the 2010 Amgen…

Creed – the water carrier

On stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California, Alex Candelario (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) finished a very close fourth in a bunch sprint behind three very fast men, all on ProTeams. But before tangling at the front for the win, the sprinter had to make his way over three climbs as the pack…

AToC Stage 4 Preview with BJM

“Just a big long drag, a guaranteed big bunch sprint.” said Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) about stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California. At 130.2 miles (209.6 km) long, the Sonora to Clovis stage is the longest of the race this year. It will also be another hot sunny day in the saddle,with predicted highs…

Salas Takes Over KOM Jersey After Stage 3

In what has turned out to be a Canadian battle at the Amgen Tour of California, Sebastian Salas (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) made his way into the early break on stage 3 to garner points to take over the KOM jersey from David Boily (Spidertech p/b C10). The same teams but different riders, also…

Vennell – “I was the lucky one to be there”

For the second stage in a row, Jeremy Vennell (Bissell) found his way into the break of the day at the Amgen Tour of California. On stage 2, he was awarded the Breakaway From Cancer Most Courageous jersey and then, on stage 3, it was the Exergy Most Aggressive rider jersey. For the third day…

AToC Stage 3 Preview with BJM

Stage 3, from San Jose to Livermore goes through some roads previously experienced at the Amgen Tour of California with the exception of the addition of the iconic Northern California climb, Mt Diablo. But the climb, that comes 50 miles into the stage, will not make a difference in the stage according to Ben Jacques-Maynes…