I think we can safely say that this year’s Amgen Tour of California – often a showcase for American riders (or at least American teams!) was stolen by a Slovakian on an Italian team. He might not have won the overall but I suspect Peter Sagan’s performance will be the one remembered when people think back to this in a year’s time. He started as he meant to finish with the first four stage wins of the eight-stage race and the final stage sprint in LA.
Four in a row
Peter Sagan owns California sprints (image courtesy of Tour of California)
Peter Sagan’s first stage win was not a given, considering that he had a puncture inside the 8km mark, when the speed was starting to really ratchet up, and his wheel change was not the speediest. Continue reading
The ten-day Tour de Langkawi reached its halfway stage today and saw the yellow jersey change hands for the first time since David Zabriskie dominated the opening time trial. Drapac Cycling’s Darren Longthorne holds a useful but far from impregnable 37-second lead heading in to tomorrow’s queen stage, which should decide the final general classification.
Malaysia is a country of just 28 million inhabitants (less than half the UK’s population). It is only the 43rd-most populous nation in the world, but the 29th-largest economy. Continue reading
Welcome to the first of our monthly preview guides. At the beginning of every month, we will look ahead to what’s coming up. January is always an exciting time, as it sees the 2012 cycling season kicks off in earnest. As usual, we start with the now traditional curtain-raiser.