Jul 21, 2014
Category: Tour de France 

It’s been a wild and wooly 101st Tour de France thus far. When the 21-stage, 3,664-km race departed Leeds on July 5, no one would have imagined that defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) and pre-race favorite Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) would crash out in the first two weeks. No one would have predicted that Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick-Step), winner of 25 Tour de France stages as well as a pair of 2014 Amgen Tour of California stages, would crash out on opening day on his native UK soil. During the first 15 stages of the grandest tour of them all, the riders have been rained on almost daily causing some of the chaos while leaving a number of riders with bouts of bronchitis, including 2013 Amgen Tour of California winner Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), who has already hit the pavement on four occasions during his first Tour as team leader. Perhaps the only predictable thing that has held up thus far is Peter Sagan’s (Cannondale) unassailable grip on the green sprint points jersey.

Jul 11, 2014
Category: General  Tour de France 

Irvine, California resident Roger Realsen didn’t believe it was…well…real when he received an email and Facebook messages notifying him that he won the 2014 Amgen Tour of California Trek Sweepstakes.

Jun 30, 2014
Category: Rider Interviews  Stage 5 

Great news: Amgen Tour of California stage 5 winner Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) is back on the bike after sustaining two fractures to his lower left leg and injuring his knee on Memorial Day last month at the USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship. But it’s only a stationary bike for now.

Jun 27, 2014
Category: Races  Tour de France 

After collecting a drawer full of yellow Amgen Tour of California jerseys last month, Sir Bradley Wiggins added a red, white and blue skinsuit to his wardrobe Thursday evening by winning his third British National Time Trial Championship. In cool and wet conditions, the reigning King of California covered the technical 26 miles of rolling roads in 53:56, 1:08 faster than his Team Sky teammate and runner-up Geraint Thomas.

Jun 26, 2014
Category: Tour de France 

While it hasn’t been an ideal build up to his first Tour de France as team leader, 2013 Amgen Tour of California winner Tejay van Garderen proclaims himself healthy and ready to lead American outfit BMC Racing in pursuit of yellow. The American who will be making his fourth start at the 21-stage Tour de France on July 5 will be joined by three teammates who competed in the recent romp around the Golden State: fellow American Peter Stetina, Greg Van Avermaet and Michael Schar. The rest of the squad includes veterans who helped guide Cadel Evans to victory at the 2011 French Tour: Marcus Burghardt, Amael Moinard, Daniel Oss and Peter Velits along with newcomer Darwin Atapuma, a Colombian climber.

Jun 25, 2014
Category: Races 

Apparently the only thing that can slow the fastest man on two wheels is bronchitis. Reigning British champion and two-time 2014 Amgen Tour of California stage winner Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick-Step) will not defend his throne at this Sunday’s British National Road Championship due to the virus in his chest that he picked up during the Tour de Suisse. Instead, Cav will rest and recover to make sure he is healthy ahead of the Tour de France Grand Depart on July 5 on UK soil.

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