Transfer News Roundup

It’s that time of year again, the so-called silly season – though there really is nothing silly about it – when riders and teams announce transfer news  and contract renewals. Here’s a quick roundup of the info so far: Merger. The biggest news has to be the merger of the Inferno Racing and On The…

The Bissell team at the 2010 Merco Cycling Classic Team Time Trial

Smooth is the goal for Bissell at the TTT

Update: Bissell posted the fourth fastest time at the team time trial, 50 seconds from the winner Garmin-Barracuda. They were the highest placed Continental team. Stage 2 at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is going to force the Continental teams to dust off a skilled rarely used, if ever, the team time trial.…

Huff Wins NVGP Stage 4

Coincidence? A few hours after joining the twitterverse, Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) pulled out the win in a chaotic finale at  the  Uptown Minneapolis Criterium, stage 4 of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. “This is all because of Jeremy Powers, I wouldn’t be able to be here without him and forcing me to do it…

The Riders Make The Race At AToC

Let’s face it, it became déjà vu all over again fairly quickly at the Amgen Tour of Califonia with Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) winning the first four stages in similar fashion. In all four stages, he took the sprint out of a diminished field after the early break had been reeled back in. Heck he would…

AToC Stage 7 Preview with BJM

The Queen Stage. This is it, this is the stage where the overall winner of the Amgen Tour of California will be decided with three tough KOMs. “if you’re racing up there, you’re prepared, you’re there for a reason. If you’re fit enough to be in the front group, it’s the micromanagement and that half…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

AToC Stage 1 Preview with BJM

“It’s going to be hard opening stage.” Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) said of the kickoff stage of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California. Northern California native  and the only rider to have participated in every edition of the event, Jacques-Maynes shared his insight with podiuminisight on each stage of this year’s edition. The 33-year old has…