2009 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Criterium Preview

Tibco’s Brooke Miller won the bunch to claim victory in the inaugural AToC Women’s Crit in 2008 (photo courtesy Stephanie Gutowski) On Sunday February 15, the National Racing Calendar (NRC)  kicks off, for the women, with the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Criterium in Santa Rosa, CA.  For the second year, the race is held…

Tour of California stages – cheat sheet

Saturday 14 February 2009 – Prologue: Sacramento Distance: 2.4 miles (3.9 km) Starting Line: Capitol Mall at 9th St, Sacramento Start Time: 1:30 pm PT Finish Line: L St. at 11th St., Sacramento End ETA: 4:00 pm PT Resources: map, profile, log, MapMyRide by cycling.tv  and more info Sunday 15 February 2009 – Stage 1:…

Tour of California live on cycling.tv

You can watch the Amgen Tour of California live completely free on cycling.tv. Full highlights and as live from the event will also be available, for free. Martin McCrossan and the just retired Magnus Backstedt will provide the play by play. The event will be available to users in the United States, Australia and South…

Tour of California team rosters

Astana (KAZ) 1- Levi Leipheimer (USA) 2- Lance Armstrong (USA) 3- Janez Brajkovič (SLO) 4- Chris Horner (USA) 5- Steve Morabito (SUI) 6- Yaroslav Popovych (UKR) 7- José Luis Rubiera Vigil (ESP) 8- Gregory Rast (SUI) Saxo Bank (DEN) 11- Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 12- Andy Schleck (LUX) * 13- Fränk Schleck (LUX) 14- Gustav Larsson…

Andy Jacques-Maynes

Interview: Andy Jacques-Maynes (part 2)

In the first part of the interview, Bissell’s Andy Jacques-Maynes talked about his return to the pro ranks after years of a 9-5 job, a horrendous racing accident in 2007 and his return to full-time, albeit amateur, racing in 2008. The conclusion of our conversation covers many topics from the 2008  cross season,  to his…

2009 National Racing Calendar – updated

Date Cat Men/ Women Race, Location 14-16 15 Feb 2.4 W Amgen Tour of California Women’s Stage Race, California 26-29 Mar 2.2 M/W Redlands Bicycle Classic, Redlands CA 26 Apr 1.5 M/W Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling, Dana Point CA 29 Apr–3 May 2.3 M/W Tour of the Gila, Silver City, NM 2 May…

Oregon Pro Cycling Classic canceled for 2009

Another tough blow for North American cycling. The organizers of the Oregon Pro Cycling Classic announced that they could not get the necessary funding for the inaugural edition of the  race.  Scheduled for May 11-17,  the 7-day race was created as a kicked up replacement for the Mt Hood Cycling Classic and was the highest…

Change of direction for the Tour of Missouri

The Tour of Missouri announced an overview of its 2009 route  and for the first time, the race reverse directions going east to west starting in St. Louis and finishing in Kansas City.  The 7-stage race which runs from Sept. 7-13 will bypass southwest Missouri and the riders will go through southeast Missouri for the…

Interview: Andy Jacques-Maynes (part 1)

The name Jacques-Maynes is well known to the North American cycling scene with  30-year old Ben Jacques-Maynes being a force to be reckoned with, but twin brother Andy took a different road to the pro ranks. Andy followed on the weekend warrior working a ‘desk’ job as a product manager with Specialized and racing with…

JJ Haedo wins final stage at Tour de San Luis

For the second year, Argentinean JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) took the honors in the final stage of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina by easily winning the bunch sprint. Mattia Gavazzi (Diquigiovanni) was second and  Luis Mansilla (Chile), third. The 28-year old Alfredo Lucero (Argentina-A) safely crossed the line with the bunch to win…

the week that was

Training camp season continues for the teams getting ready for the Tour of California. Some teams have concluded their camps such as  BMC team in Santa Rosa, the Jelly Belly team  in Southern California and Garmin-Slipstream in New Mexico. Others are just starting, OUCH in Temecula, Team Type 1 in Solvang and Bissell and Astana…

Second stage win for Colavita/Sutter Home in Argentina

Colavita/Sutter Home’s Luis Amaran soloed away to bring the second stage win for his team at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina. It is the second win for the American team following Lucas Sebastian Haedo‘s victory on stage 2.  Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) and Manuel Belletti (Diquigiovanni) crossed the finish line 39 seconds later…