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Tour of California final stage won by Hesjedal

tour of california final stage won by hesjedal 199x300   Tour of California final stage won by HesjedalRyder Hesjedal of Garmin-Transitions added a stage win on the final day of the Amgen Tour of California. Hesjedal claimed that this victory was the nicest for him since it cemented that he was on the right track when it comes to his cycling career. “Since I started with this team at the beginning of 2008, I have gotten to a lot of places I wanted to be in my cycling career. To keep that going, I think I’m doing that well. Today is just a nice confirmation of that.”

Hesjedal had been slowly building up to his momentuous win in California. In 2008, he won the 2009 Vuelta a España. He placed sixth overall in the Volta a Catalunya and won the second place at the Amstel Gold Race.

At the beginning of the Tour, Hesjedal was interview as how he thought he would fare in the race. “It’s not so…

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Rabou Crowned King of the Mountains

rabou crowned king of the mountains 300x200   Rabou Crowned King of the MountainsAll the hard work Thomas Rabou (Team Type 1) gave for the Amgen Tour of California finally paid off as he was crowned King of the Mountains on Sunday. Rabou rode on his final breakaway of 134km circuit race. This had four laps of a 33km course and a 1,000 ft climb at the Mulholland Highway.

Riding with Rabou were Yaroslav Popovych (Team RadioShack), Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank), George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team), Oscar Pujol Muñoz (Cervelo Test Team), Jeremy Vennell (Bissell) and Carlos Barredo (Quick Step).

Rabou was right on track with preliminary points he earned as he rode on the stage two breakaway. Teammate Davide Frattini solidified the lead in the stage three breakaway. During stage six, Rabou garnered top points during the final climb at Big Bear Lake. Rabou explained, “At the beginning of stage six I was second in the KOM jersey so I had to be in the…

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Triathletes at Tour of California Time Trial

triathletes at tour of california time trial 300x199   Triathletes at Tour of California Time TrialIt was a rare opportunity where triathletes Chris McCormack of Australia, Chris Lieto of the United States and Chrissie Wellington of Great Britain came to race at the Amgen Tour of California Time Trial stage.

The event was held in Los Angeles, California yesterday. Together with amateur cyclists, the triathletes took a run of the time trial course.

It was the seventh stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Here, many spectators will bear witness to how Lieto would fair with pure cycling riders, however, on-lookers and fans alike missed the opportunity when Lieto had a flat with only a few miles remaining of the race. Lieto clocked at 21:35 at the halfway point. McCormack time finished of the 20.9 miles was 46:15 and was fair enough for the overall 55th place. Updates are still to come in regarding the official time on Wellington who was said to be joining in…

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Chicchi Wins Stage 4 Tour of California

chicchi wins stage 4 tour of california   Chicchi Wins Stage 4 Tour of California

The stage four of the Amgen Tour of California was won by Liquigas’ Francesco Chicchi. Chicchi outsprinted Mark Cavendish of HTC-Columbia and JJ Haedo of Saxo Bank. On the other hand, David Zabriskie of Garmin-Transitions retains his overall lead.

The stage was set with a break composed of Rabobank’s Lars Boom, Quick Step’s Jurgen De Walle, Robert Britton of Bissell, Jeremy Powers of Jelly Belly Peanut Butter Kenda and Ryan Anderson of Kelly Benefit Strategies. The strong group eventually fell apart by the first climb of the stage.

Boom was the last man left at 6 kilometers remaining. His teammates Maarten Tjallingi and Paul Martens also made a run for it but the final chapter was left to a field sprint. Chicchi stood to lose against the world’s best sprinters Haedo and Cavendish but he pulled it off. “Peter Sagan put me in good position from 300 meters to go,”said the victor….

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Lancaster Bags the Gold at Tour of California Stage 2

lancaster bags gold tour california stage 2   Lancaster Bags the Gold at Tour of California Stage 2

Brett Lancaster of Cervelo started the rainy stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California 10 seconds behind. From his 87th position, Lancaster finished 1st, completing the 110.1 mile course from Davis to Santa Rosa Road with a time of 4:38:48. Liquigas’ Peter Sagan came second and Lars Boom of Rabobank came in at third place.

RadioShack’s Levi Leipheimer finished seventh while teammate Lance Armstrong reached the finish line as the 18th rider. Currently, Leipheimer holds the 12th place overall. Armstrong is 18th place overall.

For Lancaster, he is now leading over Sagan and Karl Menzies of United Healthcare with a 10 second time bonus from his win. He has a 4 second lead over them now.

Lancaster has always been a team player, supporting Heinrich Haussler and Thor Hushovd but he was happy over his win. Haussler finished in 41st place and never made it to the lead group of 26 riders…

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Bruised and beaten at Stage 1 of Tour of California

bruised and beaten at stage 1 of tour of california1 200x300   Bruised and beaten at Stage 1 of Tour of CaliforniaSeveral crashes on the finish circuit left cyclists bruised and with only minor injuries during stage one for the Amgen Tour of California. Tom Boonen, Stuart O’Grady and George Hincapie were among the few entangled in the chaos that happened at the last five kilometers.

Boonen was at the near head of the peloton when he crashed. Hincapie recalls the incident, “Tom Boonen went down and I rode over his bike. I’m disappointed because I had good legs.”
Matt Crane of United Healthcare-Maxxis also shares, “I thought I was in good shape to get around the crash and then all of the sudden, Boonen was on the ground in front of me. I really couldn’t do anything to avoid him and I T-boned him.”

Caught in the accident were Dominique Rollin and Heinrich Haussler from Cervelo TestTeam. This destroyed the team’s lead for Theo Bos, the team sprinter. João Correia of Cervelo explains,…

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Cavendish Wins Tour of Californa Stage 1

cavendish wins tour of californa stage 1 300x199   Cavendish Wins Tour of Californa Stage 1The Amgen Tour of California opener at Nevada City was won by Mark Cavendish of HTC-Columbia, witnessed by a large crowd cheering the 128 riders. Giving credit to his team, Cavendish slipped past Juan Jose Haedo of Saxo Bank and Alexander Kristoff of BMC.

Cavendish shares, “We took control of the race all day. There were a couple teams that helped and a couple inexperienced teams that took over, but we’re experienced and we knew when we had to take control. We got swamped a couple of times , but all I had to do was follow Renshaw’s wheel and cross the line first, really. If I’m delivered to the right place then I will cross the line first. The most satisfying thing about winning is knowing I can deliver to my team-mates who did the hard work.”

Taking fourth place was Robbie hunter of Garmin-Transition and Jonathan Cantwell of FlyV was…

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