McEwen – “It doesn’t get much better”

It was an understandably emotional Robbie McEwen (Orica-GreenEdge) that walked up onto the podium to receive the Most Courageous rider jersey at the end of the Amgen Tour of California. After all, stage 8 in Los Angeles was the final race of a storied career that spanned 16 and a half seasons but the 39-year…

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 8 Preview with BJM

The final stage of the Amgen Tour of California is a parade from Beverly Hills to Los Angeles (L.A. LIVE) where the sprinters take over, hoping to finally beat Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) “Hopefully, attack, one and done, the break goes.” Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) said about the stage. “I can’t imagine people putting up with attacks…

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…

Sagan Comes Of Age

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) showed to the world at the Amgen Tour of California that he is a force to be reckoned with, winning four stages out of four by beating some of the fastest men in the world. It was a long hot day on Wednesday for all the riders, where they faced six categorized…

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…