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Team Type 1 – sanofi-aventis rider Will Dugan has withdrawn from the Amgen Tour of California following a crash during the final minutes of Stage 3 in Modesto, CA yesterday.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.…

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…

Driscoll’s Move Nabs Most Courageous Jersey

With a shortened flat stage, the formula was somewhat formulaic today, an early break reeled in before the finishing circuits followed by the final bunch sprint. So why do it? Why put your nose in the wind? The possibility, though very slim, that the move might make it to the line and especially in Monday’s…

Riders Thoughts On The Weather Impact

Due to extreme weather conditions and potentially unsafe roads, Stage 1 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California was cancelled just before the riders were about to begin the race. Stage 2 was shortened and the start moved to Nevada City. We caught up with a few riders to get their thoughts on the last 24 hours.