Sunday, May 20, 2012

Robert Gesink wins the Amgen Tour

The Amgen Tour ended today in downtown Los Angeles, with Robert Gesink of the Netherlands winning the overall race. 
Robert Gesink, with team Rabobank, took the tour lead when he out climbed his rivals in an epic battle to the top of Mt. Baldy in Stage 7.  Gesink won the stage and took the lead away from American David Zabriskie.
Today’s stage started in Beverly Hills and ended with some finishing loops in downtown Los Angeles.  The stage could have easily turned out to be a parade lap because it was flat and only 42 miles in length.  However, seven riders attacked early and broke from the rest of the field.  The field of riders spent the rest of the ride trying to run down the 7 out in front.
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With 2 laps to go of the final finishing circuits, the 7 riders were caught and the final sprint to the finish began.  Peter Sagan, with team Liquigas-Cannondale, was able to take the stage 8 win.  Sagan is the budding superstar who won an incredible 5 stage wins this year in the Amgen Tour.
Gesink dedicated his win today to his father, who died in a mountain bike accident in October of 2010.

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