- Published: Saturday, 19 May 2012 12:00
- Written by Michael Hopkins
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.