Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) Takes Stage and Yellow | 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

Kendall Ryan (TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) Wins in Elk Grove
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A Sprinter’s Tale – An Interview with Kendall Ryan

The first thing you notice about Kendall Ryan (TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) is an indelible smile. Quick to laugh and dance, she is the consummate teammate keeping everyone relaxed before the race. Once inside the barricades, however, her smile belies a competitive streak that speaks less to her elation but rather to a sense that she intends to devour her competition. Kendall’s love of racing was fostered early on alongside her brother and sister on the local BMX circuit. She would rise to national attention at the age of 15 when she was chosen to take part in USA Cycling’s Development

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Cavagna Solos for First Professional Win – 2019 Amgen Tour of California, Stage 3

MORGAN HILL, CA – Another day, another Deceuninck – Quick-Step victory. On Stage 3 of the 2019 Amgen Tour of California, 23-year-old French rider Rémi Cavagna claimed his first WorldTour stage win of his young career. “Since winning last year in Belgium, I was in search of another victory, and taking it today gives me huge satisfaction. I came in California to help the squad, to pull in the bunch every day, but the team gave me freedom today and I am happy I could repay them for their confidence. In cycling, you need to take your chance and give your best

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Asgreen Ascends – 2019 Amgen Tour of California, Stage 2

South Lake Tahoe, CA –  Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), a self-described man for the Classics, rode in three breakaways today and ultimately surged to a victory at Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe ahead of American Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First Pro Cycling) . The victory was Asgreen’s first WorldTour stage win following a 2nd place finish in the Tour of Flanders this spring. Team Ineos’ Gianni Moscon (ITA), who was a factor on the hills in the latter part of the day, finished third for the stage. Despite his second placed finish on the day, van Garderen climbed 14,500 feet on the

Peter Sagan Claims his 17th Amgen Tour of California Win
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Sagan Regains Golden Form – 2019 Amgen Tour of California, Stage 1

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 12, 2019) – The Amgen Tour of California kicked off with BORA-hansgrohe’s three-time World Champion Peter Sagan (SVK) claiming his 17th California stage win by a wheel over USA Cycling National Team’s Travis McCabe (Tucson, Ariz.). Continuing to grow his Amgen Tour of California stage win record, Sagan also took the early lead in the Sprint competition. The final meters of the race’s 10th visit to Sacramento were neck and neck with Sagan and McCabe, who is celebrating his 30th birthday today. Sagan placed second twice before on this finish behind Mark Cavendish in 2015 and 2016. Third for the stage was Maximilian Walscheid (GER) of Team Sunweb, which set a blazing tempo around the Capitol Circuits to get him

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