SANTA ROSA — Always close to the front but never first at the end, Tejay van Garderen would often wear himself out wondering if he could swap the white jersey that goes to the best young rider for the yellow one that goes to the winner.
Eight days through all of California’s climates erased those doubts. Read More
Germany’s Jens Voigt won the fifth stage of the Tour of California on Thursday, and American Tejay van Garderen surprisingly took the overall lead a day sooner than expected.
The 41-year-old Voigt, riding for RadioShack Leopard, jumped to the front with about three miles left and completed the windy 115.4-mile Santa Barbara to Avila Beach road race in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 11 seconds. Read More
Tyler Farrar won the fourth stage of the Tour of California in a mass sprint Wednesday and Colombian climbing specialist Janier Acevedo topped the overall standings for the third day.
Farrar, the Garmin-Sharp rider from Wenatchee, Wash., completed the 83.6-mile stage from Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara in 3 hours, 14 minutes, 9 seconds for his first stage victory since the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado in August. Read More
Peter Sagan of Slovakia sprinted to the Stage 3 win and Colombian Janier Acevedo maintained the race lead Tuesday as strong winds replaced the heat at the Tour of California.
Sagan (Cannondale) completed the 110.3-mile Palmdale to Santa Clarita road race in 4 hours, 20 minutes, 31 seconds and was victorious by about a half-bike length.
Michael Matthews (Orica-Greenedge) of Australia was second and American Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) was third in the mass sprint finish. Read More
Javier Acevedo of Colombia bolted to the front with about 700 yards left in final steep climb, winning Monday’s second stage in scorching heat to take the overall lead at the Tour of California.
The 27-year-old rider completed the 124.1-mile Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs road race in 5 hours, 7 minutes and 40 seconds as temperatures approached 110 degrees. Read More
Lieuwe Westra of the Netherlands easily outsprinted Spanaird Francisco Mancebo to claim the sweltering and hilly stage 1 and assumed the overall race Sunday lead at the Amgen Tour of California.
Westra, an eight-year pro who claimed his 12th career win, completed the 102.6-mile Escondido road race in 4 hours, 31 minutes and 33 seconds as temperatures reached into the high 90s. Read More
America’s most prestigious cycling event is receiving a major facelift this year and it promises to be the most challenging race in the state’s history.
The eighth Amgen Tour of California is getting underway in Escondido today, launching eight days of racing that will conclude in Santa Rosa on May 19. For the first time, the race is running south to north and its three mountain-top finishes will surely push the limits of the world’s top cyclists. Read More
Reigning world road race champion Philippe Gilbert and the BMC Racing Team are among 16 squads that have accepted invitations to the Tour of California in May.
Organizers of North America’s largest cycling event announced Thursday that the Belgian rider will headline the team that’s based in Santa Rosa, where the eight-stage tour will end May 19. Tyler Farrar will lead Team Garmin-Sharp of Denver, which has topped the team standings the last three years, a race record. Read More
Robert Gesink of the Netherlands cruised to victory in the Tour of California on Sunday, finishing the eighth and final stage in the middle of the pack, just eight months after he shattered his leg in a fall.
The Dutchman, who claimed the leader’s yellow jersey when he won Saturday’s penultimate stage in the Californian mountains, retained his 46-second lead over his nearest competitor, American David Zabriskie. Read More
CLOVIS — Slovakia’s Peter Sagan continued his dominance of the Tour of California on Wednesday when he won his fourth straight stage on a hot and steamy day in the Golden State.
Sagan, 22, completed the 130-mile, Sonora-to-Clovis fourth stage in five hours, 18 minutes and eight seconds as temperatures soared to 95 degrees. Read More