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AMGEN Tour Breakdown 2014

The 10th annual Amgen Tour of California cycling race makes its way through California for a dramatic finale, this past Thursday to Sunday. The race has become a prime cycling event in the United States, attracting around 2 million spectators along 720 mile course over a period of eight days at a few world-class locations. During the final stages in Southern CaliforniaNDX Sports and Kramp Krushers were apart of the festivities!

Sunday, May 10, Stage 1 was held in Sacramento, a fast and flat course with water bridges, designed to be a sprinter's delight. Mark Cavendish (GBR) took first place, Peter Sagan (SVK) took second place, and Jean-Pierre Drucker (LUX) took third place.

Monday, May 11, Stage 2 continued with one climb to elevations of 2,500 feet in Nevada City, and another climb of 55 feet in Lodi, after a short run through the historic Nevada City Classic course. Cavendish took first place, Sagan took second place, and Wouter Wippert (NED) took third place.

Tuesday, May 12,Stage 3 went on from Lodi to San Jose, the only city to have been in the course for all 10 years, where cyclists headed down Livermore via Calaveras Road, through Mines Road, coming up the backside of Mount Hamilton at a 4,216-foot elevation. Toms Skujins (LAT) took first place, Sagan took second place, and Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) took third place.

Wednesday, May 13,Stage 4 Began in Pismo Beach, crossing through the towns of Guadalupe, Orcutt, Arroyo Grande, and around Tepusquet Canyon, finishing in Avila Beach. Sagan took first place, Wippert took second place, and Cavendish took third place.

NDX Sports andKramp Krushers joined in on all the fun, despite the unexpected and dreary weather conditions. We proudly participated in the events and festivities from stage 5 through stage 8, where rain and Snowfall in mid May resulted to the closure of stage 6.

Thursday, May 14,Stage 5 started on the beaches of Santa Barbara, whipping through Ojai, Saint Paula, and Balcom Canyon, temporarily stopping in Santa Clarita. Cavendish took first place, Zico Waeytens (BEL) took second place, and Sagan took third place.

Friday, May 15,Stage 6 was expected to be a hub of activity at Big Bear Lake, but due to snow at the original time trial course, presented by Lexus, remained at Santa Clarita and Six Flags Magic Mountain, where cyclists participated in a speedy time trials at a 6.6-mile course. Sagan took first place, Jos Van Emden (NED took second place, and Alaphilippe took third place.

Saturday, May 16,Stage 7 was the "Queen Stage" of theAmgen Tour of California , beginning at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, sprints through Glendora, winding around Glendora Mountain Road, finishing at the top of Mt. Baldy. Through rain, snow, and wind, Alaphilippe took first place, Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (COL) took second place, and Ian Boswell (USA) took third place.

Sunday, May 17,Stage 8concluded the tour, starting in L.A. Live and finally stopping at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, highlighting countless iconic images in downtown L.A. and a tour through the heart of several L.A. neighborhoods like Chinatown, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock , Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Mount Washington, and Montecito Heights. Cavendish took first place, Wippert took second place, and Sagan took third place.

The final standings for the 2015 AMGEN Tour of California were:

1. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo, 28:13:12 total time

2. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team, +:03 seconds

3. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (COL), Team Sky, +:37 seconds

4. Joseph Dombrowski (USA), Team Cannondale-Garmin, +1:14 minutes

5. Robert Gesink (NED), Team LottoNL-Jumbo, +1:15 minutes

March 14, 2016 by Erik Huberman