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…

Leipheimer to Race at California

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the roster for the AMGEN Tour of California. Levi Leipheimer and Tom Boonen spoke at the race press conference on Friday about the upcoming race, from May 13 through the 20th. “First of all it’s a little special, this race,” Boonen said. “Coming back from a rest…

Bontrager-Livestrong Answer Critics On The Bike

For the second year in a row, the young riders of the Bontrager-Livestrong team (Trek-Livestrong in 2011) left their mark on the SRAM Tour of the Gila. The under-23 squad’s final tally is one stage win, two second-places, the best young rider jersey, third overall on GC and the team classification. The riders on the…

2012 Amgen Tour of California Route

The 2012 Amgen Tour of California route includes a return to Mt Baldy, Big Bear Lake, Bakersfield and LA Live and for the first time one of the favorite NorCal climbs, Mt Diablo, is in. Out are Solvang and Thousand Oaks are out. The seventh-annual event will travel more than 750 miles over eight days…

19 Teams For Amgen Tour of California

Finally, the 19 teams were announced for the Amgen Tour of California today. The list included the 18 teams already leaked to the race media partner, cyclingnews, earlier this year and one late addition: Movistar, the UCI Continental team out of Colombia and feeder team for the Movistar Pro Team. One can assume that the…

Host Cities for 2011 Amgen Tour of California

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California will visit 15 Host Cities for official stage starts and finishes, while other cities along the route also will have the opportunity to witness the excitement of elite professional cycling. Stages for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California include: Stage 1: Sunday, May 15 – South Lake Tahoe to…

Rogers Survives Onslaught To Win Amgen Tour of California

They threw everything at him but Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) survived an onslaught of attacks on the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California to win the overall, in what he called the biggest stage race victory of his career.  David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) finished second overall at 9 seconds back and 3-time defending champion Levi…

HTC-Columbia goes 1-2 in Los Angeles TT

Australian Michael Rogers is one step closer to wining the overall at the Amgen Tour of California when he finished second in Saturday’s time trial, increasing his lead to 9 seconds over David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions), and 25 seconds on defending champion Levi Leipheimer (Radioshack). Making it even sweeter for the HTC-Columbia team was Tony Martin…