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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, announced it will return to Sacramento to kick off the 10th anniversary of America’s largest cycling race. The eight-day stage race will start in California’s capital city and travel North to South, spanning nearly 700 miles. The Tour of California also announced a three-day professional women’s race May 8-10, as well as an invitational time trial on May 15.
Throughout its first nine years, 52 California cities have hosted the race. For the 10th anniversary, 12 cities — in addition to Sacramento — will host the eight-day event, including Nevada City, Lodi (first-time host city), San Jose (10-time host city), Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles), and Pasadena.
“Since we launched the Amgen Tour of California nine years ago, we have strived to host the world’s top cyclists in a race that will not only challenge them as professionals, but will also provide a stunning backdrop,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “As we look ahead to our 10th edition of the race, we’re certain the worldwide audience will be on the edge of their seats watching as the sport’s best men and women cyclists compete against each other in what is likely to be our most challenging and picturesque course ever.”
Stage 1 of the race commences on May 10, 2015 in Sacramento, which marks the seventh time the city has hosted the race and the third time as the overall start. After eight days of racing, cyclists will conclude the race in the city referred to as the “City of Roses,” Pasadena.
Stage 2 will take the peloton through Nevada City to first-time host city Lodi, known as the “Zinfandel Capital of the World.” The peloton will then start and finish in San Jose on stage 3.
As the peloton continues its journey south, Stage 4 will take the race from one oceanside community to another, from from Pismo Beach to Avila Beach. This year marks the second time each city has served as a host city.
Stage 5 will commence in Santa Barbara and finish in Santa Clarita, with both cities sharing the distinction of serving as host cities six times since the race began.
Third-time host city Big Bear Lake will be the site of this year’s individual time trial (Stage 6). Ontario, will host a start for the second time as stage 7 takes the peloton to the mountaintop finish at Mt. Baldy, a third-time host city.
The race will conclude with a stage from L.A. LIVE in the heart of downtown Los Angeles to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. This marks the third time Los Angeles has served as a host city after hosting the overall finish of the race in 2012, also at L.A. LIVE. Pasadena has hosted the race four times, including the overall finish in 2008.
For 10 consecutive years, biotechnology company Amgen has served as the title sponsor of the race and will continue to promote its Breakaway from Cancer® campaign. Founded in 2005 by Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer aims to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer, from prevention to survivorship.
2015 Amgen Tour of California to host four days of professional women’s cycling
The 2015 Amgen Tour of California will continue to expand its support of women’s cycling and host a three-day women’s stage race. The race will travel through South Lake Tahoe on May 8-9, 2015 and conclude in Sacramento on May 10, 2015, the same day of the overall start of the men’s race.
As with previous years, the world’s top-ranked time trialists will be invited to race against the clock in a time trial preceding the men’s individual time trial at stage 6 in Big Bear Lake. The women’s stage race is sponsored by SRAM, one of the founding sponsors of the Amgen Tour of California women’s time trial.
“We are beyond thrilled to see the Amgen Tour of California continue to expand its entire women’s racing platform. This will continue to expose the world to the passion and force women have on the bike,” said, SRAM president Stan Day.
“AEG has always been proud to support women’s cycling and is pleased to once again expand its women’s competition to four days,” said Bachochin. “Hosting four days of women’s cycling, fans will have the opportunity to watch the immense talents and achievements of the best women cyclists from around the world.”
Host city partners for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California include:
Stage 1: Friday, May 8 – South Lake Tahoe
Stage 2: Saturday, May 9 – South Lake Tahoe
Stage 3: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
Invitational Time Trial: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake
Stage 1: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
Stage 2: Monday, May 11 – Nevada City to Lodi
Stage 3: Tuesday, May 12 – San Jose
Stage 4: Wednesday, May 13 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach
Stage 5: Thursday, May 14 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
Stage 6: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake (Individual Time Trial)
Stage 7: Saturday, May 16 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy
Stage 8: Sunday, May 17 – L.A. LIVE (downtown Los Angeles) to Pasadena
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MILAN (VN) — Cycling’s class of 1990 promises to lead the way in 2015 and beyond based on its progress and results so far. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) dominates the headlines after his recent world championship win, but many other 24-year-olds are at his side.
Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won the green jersey at the Tour de France. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) took the Giro d’Italia overall victory, and Fabio Aru (Astana) won stages in the Giro and the Vuelta a España. Along with Kwiatkowski, they sit at the top of the list of talented millennials in the peloton.
Sagan and Kwiatkowski have a history that goes back to their days as juniors. Slovakia’s Sagan won one Nations’ Cup and Poland’s Kwiatkowski two in 2008. Sagan raced junior world mountain bike championships in Val di Sole, Italy that year, and won a rainbow jersey. Later that year, they both were unsuccessful in the junior world road race championships in Cape Town, South Africa, but Kwiatkowski turned it to win the junior world time trial. He finished eight seconds ahead of Taylor Phinney, also born in 1990.
Sagan then joined Liquigas/Cannondale and immediately tasted success. Kwiatkowski matured slower and this year, he finally out-performed his longtime rival. Both, however, have shown that they will dominate the classics to come. Sagan is favored on the cobbles against Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), while Kwiatkowski will aim for the Ardennes Classics against Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge).
In grand tours, Colombian Quintana sent a warning message to his older rivals at last year’s Tour de France. He placed second to Chris Froome (Sky), 29, and beat 31-year-old Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo). In the wake of his 2014 Giro victory, the 126-pound climber is targeting the Tour de France next season.
Italian Aru may be a step behind, but he promises just as much. He placed third to Quintana at the Giro and won the stage to Montecampione. At the Vuelta, he won two mountain stages, one in front of Froome and one over Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Astana now wants Aru to lead its Giro team to victory in 2015.
The grand tours will include other cyclists from 1990. France’s Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) showed their capabilities with a third and sixth place overall, respectively, at the Tour.
Esteban Chaves (Orica), another Colombian, finished third in the recent Tour of Beijing and won stages in the Tour de Suisse and the Amgen Tour of California this season. Orica said in a statement last week that Chavez exceeded expectations in the first week of the 2014 Vuelta, “showing plenty of promise for the future.”
When the roads are not so steep, Australian Michael Matthews (Orica) and Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) will be fighting for victories. Matthews won one stage and held the pink jersey for six days in the Giro d’Italia. Bouhanni sprinted to three stage wins in the same race.
Phinney, Rohan Dennis (BMC), and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) — all born in 1990 — are showing promise in time trials. Racing in the Netherlands’ orange colors, Dumoulin placed third behind greats Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) at the worlds in Ponferrada, Spain. Australian Dennis was fifth.
Phinney, who missed half of 2014 recovering from a broken left leg suffered at the U.S. nationals in May, wants to return to win time trials and battle in the classics with Sagan. He told VeloNews, “If I can come back and do Paris-Roubaix, that would be the best thing, but the Tour is a massive goal for me, especially with the short, punchy prologue.”
- I saw this in the Belleville New-Democrat yesterday.
McKendree University, Lebanon, Illinois, is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as a part-time head coach for the cycling program. The McKendree University cycling program will begin competing in 2015-16. The new cycling coach will have the opportunity to build the program from the ground up.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the coaching, organization and administration of the program from the ground up; including but not limited to practice and competition preparation; attending all practices and scheduled competitions; practice and competition analysis; purchase and maintenance of equipment; recruiting student athletes to participate in the new program, managing the operational budget; the development of the in-season schedule and out-of-season practices and workout arrangements, and maintaining compliance with all guidelines and regulations. Travel required. CPR, AED, and First Aid certification required upon hire.
Interviews will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. Interested persons should send a letter of application referencing job CYCL98 and resume to Shirley Baugh, Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. EEO/ADA.
- Again, we would like to thank Ken and the folks at Granada Cyclery for sponsoring the Womens, Juniors and Kids Races at this years UFD East Series! These are extremely important classes and glad the great folks at Granada continue to help us drive awareness and growth in these classes.
They again have offered up $1400+ in gift certificates that can be redeemed by visiting the Store in St. Peters and ask for Ken. Here is the address : 4798 N Service Rd, St Peters, MO 63376 | (636) 936-2453
Here this years winners of said Gift Certificates:
Womens: Cat 1
Laura Scherff ($125)
Maria Esswein ($50)
Mary Piper ($25)
Womens: Cat 2
Betheany Himmel ($125)
Samantha Welter ($50)
Stephanie McCreary ($25)
Womens: Cat 3
Marcy Morris ($125)
Julie Carr ($50)
Tiffiney Smith ($25)
Christian Kirkov ($125)
JD Peiffer ($50)
Peter Botts ($25)
Madeline Nichols ($125)
Raven Gudermuth ($50)
Regina Gudermuth ($25)
Regina Gudermuth ($125)
Amber Vehige ($50)
Hugh Greensteist ($10)
Preston Kaylor ($10)
Sam Munns ($10)
Ethan Timm ($10)
Ethan Snider ($10)
Daniel Hasler ($10)
Drew Nichols ($125)
Karter Yount ($50)
Amelia Messersmith ($25)
You will notice that we had a 6 way tie for 3rd place in the Kids (10-14) class. Ken was gracious enough to offer a $10 to all 6 of these kids.
Again, all of us here at UFD THANK Granada Cyclery for their continued support of these great classes. Please stop by their store or their website to show them how much we appreciate this support!
World Cup Valkenburg — Nikki Harris
British rider Nikki Harris awaited the start in Valkenburg. Harris was among the main protagonists of the 2014 season, but the rise of Harris’ former Telenet-Fidea teammate Sophie de Boer, and the arrival of de Boer’s new Kalas-NNOF teammate, Elle Anderson, has tightened the competition at the top of the women’s field and Harris has not matched the start she had in 2013. Harris would finish sixth in Valkenburg. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Pavla Havlikova
The early race in Valkenburg belonged to Czech Pavla Havlikova, who stormed up the starting climb and onto the course. But on the relentless climbs and descents of the Cauberg, carefully measuring out one’s efforts is imperative, and Havlikova appeared to pay a price for her holeshot. She faded from the front of the race as other riders settled into their rhythms. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Sanne Cant
Pavla Havlikova ceded the lead to Sanne Cant, who herself could hold first place for only moments. The Belgian champion managed to remain in the hunt for the podium before a dropped chain in the final lap allowed Sophie de Boer to go clear for third place. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Sophie de Boer
Dutchwoman Sophie de Boer, third on Sunday, appears to be on the best form of her life at the moment. “The start of the season is beyond my expectations, to be honest,” said de Boer after the race. “But I did nothing special [compared to] other years. I think the big difference is that I’m now a 100 percent full-time cyclist. I just finished my studies and I think that I have a lot more rest, and I think that is the difference for me. I just hope I can prolong this good shape.” Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Ellen Van Loy
Belgian Ellen Van Loy has picked up right where she left off last season. The 34-year-old has been knocking at the door of the podium for nearly a year, and with a fourth place finish, she narrowly missed it in Valkenburg. Still, her finish was two better than her best in the 2013-14 World Cup. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Elle Anderson
“It was a really, really awesome course. It just reminds me why I’m here in Europe this year is to race the most challenging courses out there, and this one was so hard,” said American Elle Anderson, who raced to fifth place on Sunday. "Every second you had to think about the obstacle coming next, but I just had a lot of fun. It’s really different, it’s a whole different story than the racing in the U.S. It’s so demanding, and I just had a great time.” Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Harris and Wyman
With world champion Marianne Vos opting for a break after a difficult road season, American Katie Compton was the overwhelming favorite in Valkenburg. But Compton ran into trouble early in the race when a fall broke her rear derailleur and sent her running for the pits. The race, instead, belong to the Brits, Helen Wyman and Nikki Harris — at least until Compton reconnected with them a few laps later. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg - Katie Compton
Katie Compton’s early fall left her stranded deep in the field, but the American methodically worked her way back into the race. “Once I kind of settled in I just tried to ride as hard as I could,” she said. “I knew this course wears on some people and I knew I’ve got a good finish, so I was just patient and tried to time trial it. This course is so hard that if you go too deep at times, you just can’t recover.” Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Arley Kemmerer
American Arley Kemmerer was 11th on Sunday, battling the entire day for the final few spots in the top 10. “It’s just relentless, and it was harder this year than the year before because we had to run two more times,” she said. “It was so scraped off and just gunked up your shoes, so it was hard to clip in. So that was tough and the flyover was tough too. All the uphills we had a headwind today, which didn’t happen last year, so it was just a very relentless course.” Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Compton Wins
Katie Compton got a warm welcome to the packed finish line, taking the win and the first steps toward a defense of her two straight World Cup titles. “The World Cup is always a goal,” she told VeloNews after the race. “I want to have a better world championships, but I’ve been doing better with my allergies. So hopefully it will be fine. It’s a long season and I don’t want to do too much, too soon.” Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Lars Van der Haar
Dutch champion Lars van der Haar wasted no time in the men’s race, shooting to the front and setting the pace nearly from wire to wire. “I’ve raced here now four times and I’ve won four times. That’s pretty good,” he said on Sunday. “I came for the podium, I really came for the podium. I tried to get the pressure off a little bit, but after the first lap I felt I could win and then I went full for the win.” Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Jonathan Page
Barely 10 meters off the start line, disaster struck for Jonathan Page. The American tangled with another rider, tearing the rear derailleur from his bike and forcing him to run for the pit. Though the pits were only a short distance from the start, the accident left him more than a minute down on the rest of the field. Page continued, closing the gap and making up ground, but finished a disappointing 41st. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Corne Van Kessel
“Before the race I expected top 10, and all the race I did between six and eight, and in the last lap the group in front of me didn’t ride any more,” said Corne Van Kessel, who finished third, one of a host of young Dutch riders to challenge Belgian hegemony this season. “I could close the gap to place two, I think. It was amazing. Tom Meeusen gave a sign to me that when I close the gap I have to go directly, and I tried and only Kevin [Pauwels] passed me the last half lap or something.” Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Thijs Van Amerongen
Thijs van Amerongen led Sven Nys on the run-up near the middle of the race. The undulating course on the Cauberg — famous also as the final climb in recent editions of the Amstel Gold Race — featured numerous runs and dismounts and constant changes in terrain and pitch. Though Sunday was bright and warm, much of the track was heavily shaded and remained slick. The constant variation took a toll on riders who failed to maintain focus for the whole race. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Jeremy Powers
American national champion Jeremy Powers posted an excellent ninth-place finish after battling for a spot in the top 10 for most of the day. “Generally, I’m happy with how it went because top 10 is what my goal was and I achieved that,” he said. “It’s a great stone from here to step through. It’s a good place to start from the beginning of the season with what I’m shooting for.” Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Meeusen and Pauwels
Belgian Tom Meeusen was in the hunt for the podium along with Kevin Pauwels all day, and a spot in the top three looked like it was his to lose until — indeed — he lost it. Meeusen overcooked a corner in the closing moments of the final lap and tapped the barriers. It cost barely a second, but it was enough to put the podium out of reach. He would settle for fifth. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Walsleben Supporters
Though European cyclocross fandom has traditionally belonged to adult men, increasingly it has become a family activity, especially on days as beautiful as Sunday was in the Netherlands. German champion Philipp Walsleben got some support from a father and child as he raced for a spot in the top 10. Walsleben eventually finished seventh. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Sven Nys
It was a day to forget for Belgian Champion Sven Nys, who abandoned the race after plummeting from racing for a spot in the top five to barely inside the top 20 with two laps to go. Nys, who skipped a race Thursday due to illness, has also struggled in hot races in recent years. He told Belgian broadcaster Sporza it was simply a bad day, unfortunately one that coincided with the debut of the 2014 World Cup. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — The Race for Second Place
With Lars van der Haar long gone, the real race was for second place. For much of the day, the race for the podium was between Belgians Kevin Pauwels, Tom Meeusen, and Klaas Vantornout. But of the trio only Pauwels, in second, would manage a spot in the top three. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Powers and Proctor
Jeremy Powers took a deep breath after racing to a top 10 on the Cauberg alongside U.S. national team coach Geoff Proctor. “I was really proud this weekend to see Jeremy approach the weekend with confidence and fortitude,” said Proctor, who, as founder of the EuroCrossCamp, has mentored Powers for more than a decade. “We were sharing a smile as we reminisced about his first trip to EuroCrossCamp with me 11 ’cross seasons ago. To see a rider with his talent stick to a vision — his vision, my vision, a shared vision — that to me is development. I look forward to working with him this season as he goes for the highest level.” Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
World Cup Valkenburg — Oma Fientje
A fixture in the front row at the podium ceremony on days when Kevin Pauwels lands in the top three is the Belgian rider’s grandmother — Oma, in Flemish — Fientje. At 81 she still is Pauwel’s strongest supporter, clapping, waving, singing, and leading Pauwels’ legion of family and supporters in “Kevin Pauwels” cheers. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.com
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