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Marianne Vos Still the Boss – 2019 Giro Rosa Iccrea, Stage 2

Coincidentally, on the day that the 106th Tour de France celebrated perhaps cycling’s greatest racer, Eddy Merckx, with a Grand Départ in Brussels, the rider many consider to be his equivalent in the women’s field, Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) took flight on the difficult uphill finish in Viù to claim Stage 2 of the 30th edition of the Giro Rosa Iccrea. Vos would lead a Dutch sweep of the day’s podium with reigning Giro Rosa Iccrea champion, Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) coming in second, and Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) finishing in third. Current Olympic and World Champion, Anna van der Breggen

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CANYON//SRAM Takes Team Time Trial, Kasia Niewiadoma Dons First Maglia Rosa – 2019 Giro Rosa Iccrea, Stage 1

Castellania, ITL – The riders of the venerable CANYON//SRAM Racing fired the opening salvo in today’s Stage 1 of the 2019 Giro Rosa Iccrea. As a result, one of the pre-race favorites, Poland’s Kasia Niewiadoma (CANYON//SRAM), who fought to hard earned 7th place in the General Classification (GC) in last year’s edition, donned the first maglia rosa of the race. CANYON//SRAM started strong over the 18 km long, mostly uphill Team Time Trial (TTT) course arriving from Cassano Spinola to Castellania, the hometown of “the Campionissimo” Fausto Coppi. With each team’s finishing time marked by the fourth rider across the finish

Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) Wins in Pasadena | Photo: Leonard Basobas/LB Photography
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Bol Wins In Pasadena, Pogacar Takes Yellow – 2019 Amgen Tour of California, Stage 7

Pasadena, CA – Stage 7 presented by Amgen wound riders 78.3 miles from veteran Host City of Santa Clarita to Pasadena. Two former race champions who won the title in Pasadena were in the race this year: Slovak three-time World Champion Peter Sagan (2015), who placed second for today’s stage in a furious sprint, and New Zealand’s George Bennett (2017), who ended the race in fourth place overall. In the final meters of the race, Sagan and Travis McCabe (USA Cycling National Team) sprinted shoulder to shoulder until Astana attacked and Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) leapt out and narrowly outpaced Sagan for the stage win. Results Stage 7 – Santa Clarita to

Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Cylance) Wins In Pasadena | Photo: Leonard Basobas/LB Photography
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Elisa Balsamo Rolls At Rose Bowl, Anna van der Breggen Takes Overall – 2019 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered With SRAM, Stage 3

Pasadena, CA – Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Cylance) was not one of the favored sprinters coming into the 2019 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered With SRAM, but the up-and-coming Italian proved to be the best of the bunch over the three-day stage race. Balsamo, a native of Cuneo, and a stalwart on both the track and the road, took both bunch sprints, which resulted in a second place in Ventura and a first place in Pasadena. In the finale of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered With SRAM, Balsamo was simply unstoppable as she moved fluidly through

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Tean Emirates) Flies Up Mt. Baldy | Photo: Leonard Basobas/LB Photography
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Precocious Pogacar Tops On Baldy, Takes Yellow – 2019 Amgen Tour of California, Stage 6

Mt. Baldy, CA – Throughout the week, Amgen Tour of California race announcer, Brad Sohner, heralded the up-and-coming talents of 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). But up-and-coming quickly turned into here-and-now, as Pogacar fought his way to hard earned victory atop Mt. Baldy and set him up to become the youngest ever Amgen Tour of California champion when the race concludes in Pasadena tomorrow. First-timers to this race, Pogacar and 21-year-old Sergio Higuita (EF Education First Pro Cycling) battled 2017 Amgen Tour of California winner, George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), to the steep summit finish atop Southern California’s Mt. Baldy. Pogacar would best the Columbian rider in the closing meters in a

Katie Hall (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) Triumphs on Mt. Baldy
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Katie Hall Doubles Up for Boels Dolmans Cycling Team – 2019 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered With SRAM, Stage 2

Mt. Baldy, CA – After a tough windy day in Ventura, the peloton was afforded little relief, as Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered With SRAM took the racers on a 49-mile sojourn from Ontario up to the summit of Mt. Baldy. The race would remain mostly intact on the run up to Mt. Baldy, but once the peloton hit the slopes, the climbers showed themselves with some vigor. The Canyon//SRAM Racing duo of Kasia Niewiadoma and Omer Shapira, the South African, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv), Clara Koppenburg (WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team), Juliette Labous (Team

Ivan Garcia Cortina (BAHRAIN-MERIDA) takes the sprint in Ventura | Photo: Leonard Basobas/LB Photography
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Cortina Best of Bunch – 2019 Amgen Tour of California, Stage 5

VENTURA, CA – Stage 5 presented by Lexus from Pismo Beach to Ventura was the longest road day of the week at 136.4 miles. BAHRAIN-MERIDA did some heavy lifting throughout the stage to chase down the breakaway and put their sprinter Ivan Garcia Cortina (BAHRAIN-MERIDA) into the mix for the final bunch sprint where he seized his first pro victory, fending off some of the race’s Sprint favorites and overtaking Argentinian Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), who came in second for the stage. Three-time World Champion Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) seemed determined to get into the breakaway today with multiple attempts, finally bridging to the early leaders with

Anna van der Breggen Solos to Victory | Photo: Leonard Basobas/LB Photography
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Anna van der Breggen Dominant – 2019 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered With SRAM, Stage 1

Ventura, CA – Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered With SRAM was earmarked for the sprinters, but UCI World Champion, Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans Cycling) had other plans. The overall winner of the 2017 edition of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race was simply dominant in the closing kilometers of Stage 1, which started and finished along the beach front of Ventura, as her decisive move with less than 5 kilometers to go would not draw a response from an already tired peloton. She would comfortably cross the finish line solo, with

Katie Hall Takes Flight on Stage 2 of the 2018 Amgen Tour of California Women's Race Empowered With SRAM | Photo: Leonard Basobas/LB Photography
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2019 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered With SRAM – Preview

Morro Bay, CA – The women’s race at the Amgen Tour of California has seen many forms, from a single day criterium to its current inception as a 3-day stage race, over the years. The rising tide of the increased quality and profile of the race has been accompanied by title sponsorship and an increased quality of riders in its field. The 2019 edition is once again part of the UCI Women’s World Tour calendar and will be contested by 16 teams, five of which are registered in the United States. Heading up the US contingency is Trek-Segafredo, which heralds

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Jakobsen Takes Another for Deceuninck – Quick Step – 2019 Amgen Tour of California, Stage 4

MORRO BAY, CA – The Amgen Tour of California headed to the coast today with a finish in Morro Bay, just outside San Luis Obispo, for Stage 4 presented by Lexus. Once again, the Deceuninck – Quick-Step team proved too much, as Fabio Jakobsen took a three-up sprint finish ahead of Belgian Jasper Philipsen (UAE Emirates) and three-time World Champion Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe). It was Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s third stage victory in three days.  Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) found himself just off the podium in fourth place. “I had strong legs today, but also a formidable lead-out, which kept me out of the wind, protected me

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