Tour of California Coverage:
UPDATED: 4:20 p.m. - The Amgen Tour of California announced Thursday the route for this year's 714-mile race. Reaction from cycling enthusiasts has been more positive for the women's early stages and less so for the men's.
Mark Cavendish had bookend stage wins in the Amgen Tour of California. Sir Bradley Wiggins had only one. But, Wiggins' second-stage victory and course management over the following six stages was enough to win his first Amgen Tour of California.
As has happened in almost every stage this tour, several riders tried their hand at running from the field, but the best of the best said not today.
Curling himself into an aerodynamic force, American Taylor Phinney rocketed away from the field down a steep descent and breezed to the Amgen Tour of California stage five win in Santa Barbara.
A group of six riders broke away from the pack early and were never caught during stage four of the Amgen Tour of California Wednesday.
Cyclist Alison Powers talks about the women’s stages of the Amgen Tour of California. Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Breton speculates about the career horizon for Mayor Kevin Johnson. And, a performance by concert pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski.
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