Amgen Tour of California
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.