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AMGEN BIKE RACE

 

 

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AMGEN CALIFORNIA BIKE TOUR

May 16-23, 2010

 

 

1. Stage 1: Sunday, May 16 – Nevada City to Sacramento
2. Stage 2: Monday, May 17 – Davis to Santa Rosa
3. Stage 3: Tuesday, May 18 – San Francisco to Santa Cruz
4. Stage 4: Wednesday, May 19 – San Jose to Modesto
5. Stage 5: Thursday, May 20 – Visalia to Bakersfield
6. Stage 6: Friday, May 21 – Pasadena to Big Bear Lake
7. Stage 7: Saturday, May 22 – Los Angeles (individual time trial)
8. Stage 8: Sunday, May 23 – Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village/Agoura Hills


For further information on the 2010 Amgen Tour of California, amgentourofcalifornia.com.

 

briefing by Barbara Steinberg

By all accounts last year's Tour of California was great! But this year is greater!! With a better field of racers, representing 30 countries, and a much larger spectator participation, this may become cycling's biggest event.

The Second Annual Tour of California roared into Sacramento under blue skies and the clang of cow bells. A bit cloudy, but overall chamber of commerce weather, the day's events were well-received by locals and visitors from out-of-town. Spectators staked out finish-line positions hours before conclusion of the race. LIz & Steve, who live in Folsom, sat near the L Street finish-line by 11 a.m. just in front of one of the big screen TVs. They were in Santa Rosa last year. And Alda, Marisa, Massimo & Rich stood along L Street waiting to cheer their Italian favorites, Ivan Basso and Paolo Bettini.

Before the peloton arrived, the Amgen Breakaway Mile sped slowly past. The Breakaway takes place at the finish line of the Amgen, prior to the stage conclusion. The one-mile race is sponsored by Amgen to raise awareness of the Breakaway from Cancer initiative which supports those who help people fighting cancer. The Breakaway Mile features a cancer survivor riding tandem with an Amgen scientist who plays a crucial role in developing innovative medicines. Following the tandem, is the survivor peloton of caregivers, family members, and health care professionals who supported their win against cancer.

Christophe Laurent of Credit Agricola won the Adobe Most Aggressive Rider jersey for his first-place assault of Trinity Grade, a steep climb in the early part of the 115-mile race between Santa Rosa and Sacramento.

Argentine sprinter J.J. Haedo now rides for Team CSC and won Tuesday's Stage 2 finish in Sacramento, making this his third stage win -- more than any other Tour of California racer.

And Santa Rosa's hometown favorite, Levi Leipheimer, retained the Yellow Jersey at the end of Stage 2. His mom, Yvonne, was there at the winner's podium to hug her son and hold onto his bouquet of flowers.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with other local dignitaries, was on hand to greet the stage winners.