You want clean cycling? Welcome to the 2014 Tour of California, now called the well-scrubbed, organic soap bar extravaganza. Dig it in a love-hippy, revivalist, Greg Lemond born again way. Or just grant me the benefit of the three glasses of wine in Santa Barbara. No, sorry, that’s two blackberry jalapeño margaritas and two glasses […]
Taylor Phinney (BMC) is too young and talented to pay attention to odds. Lightening isn’t supposed to strike twice, miracles don’t happen in twos and Las Vegas long shots don’t pay off on consecutive rolls of the dice. Then again, this is a thrilling, unpredictable Tour of California and Phinney went big and bold and […]
A break of six Continental and Pro Continental brazenly rips a sprint stage away from Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan and John Degenkolb. Unless you’re up on your domestic rosters, you might not even know these guys. You can be sure that Omega-Pharma Quickstep, Cannondale and Giant Shimano know their names now. Because they got […]
In the entire history of the Tour of California there’s never been this kind of shocker. First, a breakaway of six riders went all the way to the line despite not one or two but three powerful WorldTour teams with start sprinters all chasing. Despite Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Mark Cavendish (Omega-Pharma-Quickstep) and John Degenkolb […]
A crazy exhausting day at the Tour of California, stage three up the long, long, queen stage slog of Mount Diablo. Wiggins looks as smooth and in control as he did in this Tour de France victory two years ago. Pedaling in his fluid, track cyclist style with a maximum of watts, he simply […]
Day 2, the individual time trial of the Tour of California in the old mining town of Folsom, California. Dig deep, fellas, there’s gold in there somewhere. I should add that it’s the Folsom Prison town made famous by country western singer Johnny Cash. His “Stuck in Folsom prison and time just keep draggin’ on” […]
A few shot from stage one in Sacremento, won by Marl Cavendish over John Degenkolb. Good times, good times.
Mark Cavendish wore the silly, satisfied grin of a man who’s just had a very good time. He won the opening sprint stage in California by millimeters and didn’t even know for sure he’d won. But once the photo finish delivered the verdict, he smiled like a guy who just got out of bed […]