Amgen Tour of California

Tejay van Garderen of the USA riding for BMC Racing hoists the winners trophy presented by Kristin Bachochin (R) Executive Director and SVP of AEG on the podium following Stage Eight as he won the overall race leader's jersey of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California from San Francisco to Santa Rosa on May 19, 2013 in Santa Rosa, California. Michael Rogers (R) of Australia riding for Saxo-Tinkoff takes the podium in second place and Janier Avacedo of Columbia riding for Jamis-Hagens Berman (R) in third place. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tejay Van Garderen Wins Tour Of California Championship

Van Garderen guided the BMC Racing Team with a command that suggests he could be American cycling’s next big star, winning the Tour of California on Sunday for his first professional stage race title.


Tyler Farrar of the United States riding for Garmin-Sharp celebrates a first place finish ahead of Ken Hanson of the United States riding for Optum P/B Kelly, Gianni Meersman of Belgium riding for Omega Pharma-Quick-Step and Kris Boeckmans of Belgium riding for Vancansoleil-DCM to end Stage 4 of the Tour of California on May 15, 2013 in Santa Barbara, United States. (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

American Farrar Wins Fourth Stage At Tour Of California, Acevedo Still Leads Overall

Tyler Farrar won the fourth stage of the Tour of California in a mass sprint Wednesday and Colombia’s Janier Acevedo topped the overall standings for the third day.


Janier Acevedo of Columbia riding for Jamis-Hagens Berman rides in the peloton as he defended the overall race leader's jersey during Stage Three of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California from Palmdale to Santa Clarita on May 14, 2013 in Santa Clarita, California. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Acevedo Maintains Overall Lead In Tour Of California Third Stage

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.


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Acevedo Takes Overall Lead At Tour Of California Second Stage

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.


Liewe Westra of the Netherlands riding for Vacansoleil-DCM celebrates as he wins Stage One of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California from Escondido to Escondido on May 12, 2013 in Escondido, California. (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Westra Leads Tour Of California After First Stage

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.


The Wayne Gretzky statue outside Staples Center is dressed in a Los Angeles Kings jersey before the Kings take on the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Three of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Lakers, Clippers, Kings, And Cars Crowd Downtown LA

A perfect storm of sports is headed to Los Angeles. And there could be as much competition for downtown traffic lanes and parking spots as there is inside Staples Center.


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Zabriskie Wins Individual Time Trial, Takes Lead At Tour Of California

Dave Zabriskie won the individual time trial in hot and breezy conditions Thursday to take the Tour of California overall lead in with three stages left.


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Leipheimer Cuts Horner Lead In Tour Of California

Dave Zabriskie rode to a dominating individual time trial victory and three-time race winner Levi Leipheimer was second to cut teammate Chris Horner’s overall lead to 39 seconds Friday after the sixth stage of the Tour of California.


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Swift On Top After Fantastic Finish At The Tour Of California

Ben Swift of Great Britain emerged from a massive sprint finish and took the lead Monday after winning the 76.7-mile, weather-shortened and rainy opening stage of the Tour of California.



Leipheimer Chasing 4th Tour Of California Title

Levi Leipheimer will have to fend off a strong international field of Tour de France contenders and world champions to win his fourth overall title in the Tour of California.