Tour of California: Stage 1



Hello hello! Good evening all! @TimBonvilleGinn here for a double header for the cycling on! It the Amgen Tour of California 2017!

We have a 4 man breakaway which includes Floris Gerts of BMC! 3 other riders and I don't have the names yet as we see a big GC favourite, Rafal Majka being towed back into the peloton! A peloton lead by Quickstep! Then Katusha sat behind

77km to go and the gap is sat at 1'45" Ben Wolfe is another rider in the break for Jelly Belly

Peter Sagan coming back into the peloton, Bora sorting out all the tactics and bottles etc as Team Sky take a chance to take a natural, let's hope we can have a smoother ride from Sky in the US compared to Italia

Clarke and Planet are the other 2 riders in the break, so it's Clarke, Planet, Wolfe and Gerts

Oh! We're seeing some of the women's race! That's good to see! Anna Van der Breggen showing her aggressive side! As we cut back to the men with 67km to go and Katusha join Quickstep at pushing the pace! 2'10" gap

Having a little problem for Rally and UHC here as we see 3 Team Sky riders there as well! Oooh Eric Young is there for Rally, not good news for them at the moment as we see Soupe hit the front, Bouhanni today? He'll have to beat Kittel, Degenkolb, Sagan, Viviani etc here

So Young and co are back in as the gap has been crunched down to 40"!! Trek coming up and here we go! They're kicking off for the intermediate sprint!! Degenkolb getting ready!!

The peloton does look quite terrifying from the breakaway's perspective


I'd forgotten about the annoying graphics on Amgen. Miles v kms gets confusing.

Tim Bonville-Ginn

Yes, sadly

Cannondale grinding up the pace as well! Oh and there goes the pace, it's like someone turned the peloton off