Leopold Konig of the Czech Republic won the seventh stage of the Tour of California in a mountaintop finish Saturday, and American Tejay van Garderen finished third to keep the overall lead for the third straight day.
Some of the top cyclists in the world were going head-to-head in San Jose Friday, as the Amgen Tour of California finally begins its roll through the Bay Area with a 20-mile time trial.
Sylvain Georges of France pedaled to a long, solo win and Dave Zabriskie maintained his race lead Friday with a main field finish in the mountainous Stage 6 of the 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.
Riders were traveling 61 miles from Nevada City to Sacramento, picking up the original Stage 2 route after storms caused the cancellation of Stage 1.
The city of Livermore is hosting a photography contest as part of the Amgen Tour, a bicycle race through California that includes an 81-mile stretch from Livermore to San Jose next month.
In the past, the city has been able to pay for the cyclists to end one leg of the race within San Jose, drawing thousands of spectators, but this year money was too tight. With the city in dire financial straits, the private sector is coming to the rescue.