Vennell Cracks Top 10 In Solvang

Jeremy Vennell of the BISSELL rode his way into 8th place, 59 seconds down from stage winner David Zabriskie (Garmin-Ceverlo), making him the only domestic rider on a Continental team to not only crack the top 20 but the top 10 on the Amgen Tour of California Time Trial. Does that prove that he is…

Zabriskie Claims Solvang TT

Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Cervelo) wins Stage 6 Solvang Time Trial as Chris Horner holds on to the overall lead in the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. Zabriskie clocked a time of 30:35 on the 15-mile (24-km) course to claim victory. Taking second on the stage was Levi Leipheimer (Radioshack) at 14 seconds down with Tejay van…

The Battle To Be Crowned King Of The Mountain

It was on today in the longest stage of the Amgen Tour of California, and by on, we mean hard, fast racing with a raging duel for the King Of The Mountain Points between KOM leader Jonathan Patrick McCarty (Spidertech p/b C10) and Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth).

Sagan Shines On Sunny Stage 5 In California

With the sun shining and an enthusiastic crowd cheering, 21-year-old Peter Sagan (SVK) of Liquigas-Cannondale raced across the finish line, narrowly beating Leigh Howard (AUS) of HTC-Highroad and Ben Swift (GBR) of Sky Procycling, who placed second and third, respectively, to clinch the Stage 5 win during the 2011 Amgen Tour of California in a…

Climbers Test Themselves On Sierra Road

At the start of stage 3, all eyes were looking up the road, literally, with not only the first mountain-top finish of the race but the first KOM points attributed due to the canceled and shortened earlier stages. The climbers and GC contenders would now come out to the front of the race and at the end of 81-mile (131-km) stage some would be disappointed. With Canadian Champion Will Routley (Spidertech p/w C10), Tyler Wren (Jamis/Sutter Home) and Chris Baldwin (BISSELL).

Horner Will Not be Denied

Chris Horner (RadioShack) began the Stage 4 ready to tackle the field. “It should be a really exciting day. Year’s past when we went over this pass it’s been quite exciting with a lot of destruction. There will be destruction not only on Sierra but also on Hamilton. Both should be very exciting. I prefer…

Horner Takes Over In California

In one of the most impressive team and individual performances of the Amgen Tour of California, Chris Horner (USA) of Team RadioShack out performed his competitors, and teammate Levi Leipheimer (USA), to win the first true mountaintop finish in the history of the race atop Sierra Road outside San Jose. Stage 4 of the race…

Will Dugan Withdraws from Tour of California

Team Type 1 – sanofi-aventis rider Will Dugan has withdrawn from the Amgen Tour of California following a crash during the final minutes of Stage 3 in Modesto, CA yesterday. Unable to avoid the crash after another rider went down in his path, Dugan got back on the bike and finished the final 8 kilometers.…

Talking California With Day

Talking California With Day

Australian Ben Day of the Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b GearGrinder team, has raced all but one of the Amgen Tour of California since the inaugural race in 2006.  While the fans were celebrating the start of stage 3 in Auburn, Day shared some memories of the previous years including the best and worst, and more. Watch…

Anatomy Of A Break

Stage 3 at the Amgen Tour of California played out as expected, the early break was reeled in by the charging peloton, ramping up the speed for the final bunch sprint. But there’s a lot more to it than that, let’s take a closer look at the tactics of the breakaway, with insights from Christian Meier (UnitedHealthcare) and Andy Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL).

Friedman Frustrated By Lame Tactics

What started off as a story on a Continental team’s approach to the expected field sprint in stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California turned into something completely different. Hours after the end of the stage, Mike Friedman (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth) expressed his frustration with some of the tactics seen during the stage. His…