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Stage Results

AMGEN Tour of California Stage 3

Reza At The Races:  A Look At Schleck on the Attack, Returning to Top Form

Text and Photos by Rebecca Reza

Today saw the first day for the sprinters with the expected winner, Peter Sagan (CAN) winning his first stage of the 2013 edition of the AMGEN Tour of California (ATOC). Sagan had been on survival mode with the heat so high the past few days, dedicating his win today to his teammate, Mauro da Dalto. Dalto suffered from mild heat stroke yesterday being transferred to the hospital for treatment. “I’m very happy for this win, we can take this victory for him,” Sagan remarked. Michael Matthews of Orica Greenedge finished 2nd, with American sprinter, Tylar Farrar of Garmin-Sharp in 3rd.

Stage 3 AToC Podium

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Tour of California 2012 Stage 8 - Beverly Hills to Los Angeles – 44.75 Miles

Sagan's Saga Ends With Five Stage Wins – Gesink Ends With One Overall Win

-by Michael Hopkins

Robert Gesink, the winner of stage 7 and the current overall race leader was the first rider called to the start line for the final stage of the 2012 edition of the AMGEN Tour of California along with retiring rider Robbie McEwen. The two along with the remainder of the filed were looking at a ride of 44.75 miles starting in Beverly Hills and ending in Los Angles at LA Live.

 

Stage Eight Profile
Stage Eight Profile

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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 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 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

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