Merco Cycling Classic in Merced, CA. Merco, the traditional Southern California early season opener, is a classic American cycling event celebrating its 20th anniversary this year
By Phil Beckman/PB Creative
Cycling offers seating in the largest arena in the world. The interesting thing is you can mosh with the crowds at the start or finish, or you can find your own little slice of spectating heaven. Alone with your thoughts in the clouds. You can travel halfway around the world to get your fix, or if you’re very lucky, the show rolls through your back yard. I am one lucky bastard.
The final stage of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California concluded on a course made for a sprinter, which started in iconic Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive and ended with an exciting finish in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE. Peter Sagan (SVK) of Liquigas-Cannondale took his fifth Stage win of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California. Robert Gensink (NED) of Rabobank Cycling Team was crowned the overall winner of the seventh Amgen Tour of California.
Start Time: 10:10 a.m.
Estimated Finish Time: 11:42 – 11:58 a.m. PT
Satellite Feed Time: 12:50 – 1:05 p.m. PT
(Coordinates can be found at http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/news/media-info.html)
Stage 8 of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California will start in what is quite possibly the most quintessential L.A. city – Beverly Hills. A first in the history of the race, the start line will be just across Rodeo Drive, where the Ferraris, Lamborghinis and the occasional Bugatti Veyron will be replaced with Giants, Treks, BMCs, and Specialize bikes. Designer dresses will give way to high-tech lycra.
A quick turn after the start will take the riders onto Santa Monica Boulevard and then north on Doheny Drive into the city of West Hollywood. Following the route of the famous LA Marathon, the race will reach Sunset Boulevard and then make a right turn, heading towards Hollywood. Heads in the peloton are sure to turn as the riders pass the likes of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Kodak Theater, Mann’s Chinese Theater, the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, and the Pantages Theater. The route will then turn southeast and travel past Dodger Stadium. [Read more…]
Brian Hodes/Velo Images– Horner Worked
|1||Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team||3:37:08|
|2||Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia – Coldeportes|
|3||Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia – Coldeportes||0:00:14|
|4||Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team||0:00:18|
|5||Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin – Barracuda||0:00:26|
|6||Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan||0:00:35|
|7||Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team||0:01:04|
|8||Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan||0:01:06|
|9||Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep||0:01:08|
|10||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:01:22|
Stage 6 of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California kicked off in Palmdale and finished with an intense climb to Big Bear Lake. The cyclists trekked more than 115 miles today through the Angeles National Forest, Crestline and Lake Arrowhead, and then onto the Rim of the World Highway. Entering the Big Bear area, the riders took the northern route around Big Bear Lake and then tackled the last ascent to the finish at Snow Summit ski area more than 7,000 feet above sea level. Sylvain Georges (FRA) of AG2R La Mondiale crossed the uphill finish line first, 28 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Peter Sagan (SVK) of Liquigas-Cannondale. [Read more…]
After a hiatus during the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, Big Bear Lake is back on the race map, challenging riders to face a daunting Stage 6, which will feature the first of the race’s “Daily Double”: Big Bear Climb and Mt. Baldy. If the 2010 route was a killer, this slightly toned down route will be a crusher. Stage 6 will be all about strategy as the riders will still be feeling the sting of the Bakersfield Time Trial from the day before. Will riders leave it all on the mountain climbs on Friday in hopes they can survive the brutal ascent to Mt. Baldy on Saturday? Or will they match the move of their nearest rivals and let Mt. Baldy decide the ultimate winner of the Amgen Leader Jersey? Or will there be a standout star that is capable of attacking both the Big Bear Climb and Mt. Baldy? [Read more…]
|1||David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin – Barracuda||0:35:59|
|2||Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan||0:00:23|
|3||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:00:34|
|4||Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team||0:00:39|
|5||Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin – Barracuda||0:00:48|
|6||Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep||0:00:49|
|7||Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team||0:00:52|
|8||Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team||0:01:01|
|9||Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin – Barracuda||0:01:07|
|10||Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team||0:01:10|
American cycling is bursting with fresh talent. The investment into U23 development teams in the past few years has fostered a healthy crop of impressive riders. The goal of most, if not all professional cyclists, is to ride at European elite levels. Who from US elite teams is likely to make it to the European tour in 2013?
Female American riders show particular promise. Megan Guarnier rides for Team TIBCO. She won the 2011 Giro Della Toscana. As Team TICO further their European expansion in 2012, Guarnier, along with fellow TIBCO rider Amanda Miller, is expected to give a strong performance in Europe again next year. Both are part of the USA Olympic Women’s Road Long Team. Guarnier is a sprinter and all-rounder. She came third in the 2012 Ronde van Gelderland. Miller is a climber, time-trialist, and all-rounder. She is only in her third year as a professional cyclist and should continue to build on her solid pro start. [Read more…]