The Tour of California says a big thank you to Sean Yates.
It was the Team Sky director sportif that called the 2011 Giro route “savage” and went on to say it was “one of the toughest races in grand your history.”
What thrilled the Tour of California was this particular statement from Yates: “I’m not expecting many of the Tour favourites to be competing here now because I think it’s simply going to be too hard to do both races in such a short space of time.”
That’s as good a plug for the Tour of California as you could hope for. Expect to see even more top riders in South Lake Tahoe on May 15th. Yates did a great job of scaring the Giro out of them.
Riders who dared to ride the Giro-Tour double did not fare well in France this last season. Now, Giro empresario Angelo Zomegnan has put together a route that is even more brutal.
“It’s savage, there’s no other description for it,” said Yates. “Seven mountain-top finishes has got to be some kind of record, and the fact that they are hard ones as well means it’s going to be an unbelievably tough race.”
Will Bradley Wiggins skip the savage Giro for the more chill-laxed but still challenging Tour of California?
Twisted Spoke thinks the Amgen folks owe Yates a case of Sonoma Pinot Noir. They couldn’t ask for a better sales guy.