Thursday, March 30, 2017

Stage Results

Tour of California 2012 May 19, Stage 7: Ontario - Mt. Baldy 126km

Gesink Storms Mt. Baldy, Taking Both Stage Win and Overall Race Lead

-by Michael Hopkins

Stage seven of the 2012 AMGEN Tour of California was not very long mileage-wise – only 78.3 miles – but it gave the riders plenty of chances to gain altitude with the three climbs on the day. The biggest was the final climb up to Mt. Baldy, a long slog with never a rest once the climb started. Once onto Glendora road, the riders faced a nine mile climb to the final KOM of the day, followed immediately by 12 miles of easy climbing to Baldy Village. The road then turns left and goes uphill 1000 feet in three miles.

 

Robert Gesink Storms to Mt. Baldy Win
Robert Gesink Storms to Mt. Baldy Win

Read more: Tour of California 2012 May 19, Stage 7: Ontario - Mt. Baldy 126km

Tour of California 2012 May 18, Stage 6: Palmdale - Big Bear Lake 115.76 Miles

Zabriskie Holds Onto His Overall Lead – Sylvain Georges Storms the Mountains

-by Michael Hopkins

The first of two consecutive days with mountaintop finishes began with a 115.76 mile tour of the countryside running between Palmdale and Big Bear Lake. The contenders for the overall title would sort themselves out over the next two days of climbing. The day featured four ranked climbs: the Category 4 climb up Mt. Emma, The Cat. 1 climb at Wrightwood, the Cat. 3 on California 138, the Cat. 3 on California State Highway 1B. The days saving feature was the final 18 miles to the finish were relatively flat in comparison to the prior ninety-seven.

 

Stage Six Profile
Stage Six Profile

Read more: Tour of California 2012 May 18, Stage 6: Palmdale - Big Bear Lake 115.76 Miles

Tour of California 2012 May 16, Stage 4: Sonora - Clovis 130.8 Miles

Well Did He? Oh Yes He Did Four for Four for Sagan

-by Michael Hopkins

Coming the day before the time trial stage four, the longest stage of the race, had all the ingredients necessary to provide a surprise winner. The gold rush town of Sonora hosted its first ever stage. The riders started by heading south on historic Highway 49, the saw-tooth course profile provided multiple climbs along a 65.2 mile stretch known as the Mother lode. The question of the day was whether or not Peter Sagan could win his fourth straight stage. In addition to being the longest stage of this year's race, six KOMs and two sprints were also thrown in for effect.

 

Stage Four Profile
Stage Four Profile

Read more: Tour of California 2012 May 16, Stage 4: Sonora - Clovis 130.8 Miles

Tour of California 2012 May 17, Stage 5: Bakersfield (ITT) 18.45 Miles

Zabriskie Takes TT Win – Also Take Overall Lead of Race

-buy Michael Hopkins

The riders faced another of the challenging ITT courses for which the AMGEN Tour of California has become known. The 18.45 mile course started downhill right out of the start house, leveled out only to encounter a double bump in the middle at the turn around and after leveling again the course climbed up 300 feet to the finish line. The ITT looked to be one of the big challenges for those with GC hopes.

 

Stage Five Profile
Stage Five Profile

Read more: Tour of California 2012 May 17, Stage 5: Bakersfield (ITT) 18.45 Miles

Amgen Tour of California 2012 May 15, Stage 3: San Jose - Livermore 185.5km

Sagan Storms to Third Stage Win Increases Overall Lead

-by Michael Hopkins

Today's stage three of the AMGEN Tour of California presented a 115.26 mile day full of moderate climbing and what set up to be a bunch sprint for a first time finish in Livermore. In a move that would be applauded by the the peloton but unwelcome by the spectators, this year the AToC will not include the climb of Sierra road for the first time in the seven-year history. Climbing the more rider-friendly Calaveras road, the racers will pass through Livermore, with sprint points awarded downtown.

 

Stage Three Profile
Stage Three Profile

Read more: Amgen Tour of California 2012 May 15, Stage 3: San Jose - Livermore 185.5km

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