Amgen Tour of California
Defending champion Chris Horner and three-time winner Levi Leipheimer are expected to be in the field for the 2012 Amgen Tour of California.
Amgen will remain the title sponsor of the Amgen Tour of California now that a multi-year contract has been signed. The bicycle tour’s next stop will be Santa Rosa for the very first time.
Dave Zabriskie rode to a dominating individual time trial victory and three-time race winner Levi Leipheimer was second to cut teammate Chris Horner’s overall lead to 38 seconds Friday.
Slovakian Peter Sagan swung wide right in the final 100 yards and sped from fifth place to win the fifth stage of the Tour of California.
Chris Horner of Bend, Ore., powered to a solo uphill win in Stage 4 and assumed the overall race lead Wednesday at the Tour of California.
Cyclists competing in the Amgen Tour of California will mark a halfway point when they reach the race’s first-ever mountaintop finish in San Jose Wednesday afternoon.
Greg Henderson of New Zealand powered to a surprising stage win and took the overall race lead at the Tour of California from British teammate Ben Swift.
Ben Swift of Britain emerged from a massive sprint finish and took the lead Monday after winning the 76.3-mile, weather-shortened and rainy opening stage of the Tour of California.
The location for the Stage 2 start of the Tour of California was moved Monday due to poor weather and road conditions, race organizers said.
Due to severe weather conditions in the Lake Tahoe area, the start of the 800-mile Tour of California bicycle race was canceled Sunday.