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…

AToC Stage 2 Preview with BJM

When the Amgen Tour of California went down the coast from San Francisco on Highway 1 in 2009, the riders faced nasty weather, from rain to sideways hail to wind but not this year. Weather forecast are calling for a sunny day with highs of 72, perfect for stage 2 from San Francisco to Santa…

Boily Set To Defend The Polka-Dot

Eyes set on the polka-dot jersey, Canadian David Boily (Spidertech p/b C10) made his way into the break and sprinted to take all the top points in the four KOM sprints n the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California. In the end, the rider who just turned 22 was able to stand on…