While Levi Leipheimer is battling for real, cycling enthusiasts can enjoy parts of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California from their own two wheels.
Some tourism bureaus are creating bicycle ride packages that enable weekend warriors to experience the route and in one case ride with the legends of cycling.
Of course, cyclists who don't need the sag support of an organized bike ride can follow the race maps supplied online. Just log into the Amgen Tour of California website and click on “Map” under the “Routes” tab.
Stage 1 of the Tour of California will be featured with the Start at the Top — Lake Tahoe Legends Ride ….
The 19 teams that will compete at the Amgen Tour of California have been announced and 11 are based in the US, although they feature an international cast of cyclists. Fourteen of the have been to this show previously.
Although the rosters for each team won't be known until shortly before the race, Sky ProCycling (current home of last year's champion Mick Rogers, who left HTC-Columbia) and Team RadioShack (home to three-time winner Levi Leipheimer, 2007 – 2009) have been selected ..
Organizers of the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race (May 15-22) are releasing the route maps and other daily details for the 8-stage race in three installments this week.
Course descriptions, maps, profiles and summary videos for Stages 1, 2, and 3 were released Wednesday. Stages 4, 5, and 6 will be released on Thursday, and the concluding Stages 7 and 8 go online on Friday.
Estimated start and finish times and tourism info from the host cities is included.
The Tour, now in its 6th year, announced the host cities back in October 2010. Since then, organizers ….
Australia's Michael Rogers survived attacks from American contenders David Zabriskie and Levi Leipheimer to win the 2010 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday.
Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin Transitions won the final stage, driving to the front of a five-man breakaway ahead of George Hincapie.
While Rogers, Zabriskie and Leipheimer finished 1, 2, 3 for the overall championship, Chris Horner raised himself to 4th overall on the strength of his last minute attack with Hesjedal up to the breakaway group. Hesjedal captured 5th overall.
This is the first time in the Tour's history that a cyclist from outside the US has won the event …..
Australian cyclist Michael Rogers goes into the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday with a 9-second lead over his closest rival, David Zabriskie.
HTC-Columbia's Rogers beat Zabriskie by 5 seconds in Saturday's individual time trial in Los Angeles; three-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer finished 11 seconds behind Rogers and retained third place overall.
Germany's Tony Martin, also of HTC-Columbia won the 23-mile time trial, finishing ahead of Rogers by 22 seconds.
The podium ceremony for the top three finishers in the ITT was quite a scene …
The Amgen Tour of California's epic mountain stage resulted in only insignificant changes to the overall leaders on Stage 6 on Friday, but it delivered plenty of excitement along the way.
For the second day in a row, Peter Sagan won the final sprint at the end of the 135-mile bike race from Palmdale to Big Bear Lake.
HTC-Columbia's Michael Rogers finished in 3rd place in the sprint, which gave him a time bonus that put him two seconds ahead of Garmin-Transition's David Zabriskie. Rogers and Zabriskie started the day in a dead heat with Rogers holding the leader's yellow jersey thanks to higher finish results …
The 2010 Amgen Tour of California couldn't be much tighter as Michael Rogers, left, and David Zabriskie are tied for the overall lead after Stage 5 on Thursday.
The best young cyclist at the Tour, Peter Sagan, won the sprint finish in Bakersfield among many of the overall leaders. Rogers and Zabriskie finished second and third, and LeviLeipheimer (4th overall) finished in 7th place on the stage. (Chris Horner was the RadioShack cyclist who came across in 4th place.)
The time bonus for Rogers' finish ahead of Zabriskie resulted in both holding the same overall time ….