Robert Gesink Wins 2012 Amgen Tour of California
After eight exciting days of racing along some of California's most iconic roadways, highways and coastlines, the 2012 Amgen Tour of California earlier today concluded in downtown Los Angeles.
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Before the start of yesterday's stage, which routed the peloton from Ontario to the top of Mt. Baldy, the race was anyone's game. After a climactic finish atop Mt. Baldy, in which Gesink outclimbed Colombian Jhon Atapuma of Colombia-Coldeportes with less than one kilometer to the finish, Gesink had all but wrapped up his place as overall race leader.
Michael Creed of Team Optum Powered by Kelly Benefit Strategies attacked off the front early in the stage. But it was a break including the following seven riders that stuck and gained a 45-second lead American Ben Jacques-Maynes of Bissell Cycling, Rory Sutherland of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, Team Argos-Shimano's Thomas Dumoulin, Scott Zwizanski of Optum Powered by Kelly Benefit Strategies, Morgan Schmitt of Team Exergy, Jasper Stuyven of Bontrager-Livestrong, and Team Garmin-Barracuda's Nathan Haas.
Gesink's Rabobank Cycling Team worked hard at the front of the peloton to keep the breakaway group within a reasonable distance.
With the gap kept at 35 seconds, the riders entered the finishing circuits in downtown Los Angeles. Sutherland, Schmitt and Jacques-Maynes swept the intermediate sprint points as the gap was reduced to 25 seconds. With four laps to go, GreenEdge moved to the front of the peloton. The breakaway group stayed steady with the seven initial riders, but the gap was minimized to just 15 seconds.
With two laps to go, Garmin-Barracuda worked up to the front, and Omega Pharma-QuickStep began working for Boonen at the front of the peloton as well. As the riders neared the finish, the attacks started flying, but it was only Haas' that stuck. Haas gained a 17-second advantage on the pack. However, Team Liquigas-Cannondale and Team Rabobank moved to the front the peloton, and Hass was eventually caught.
Sagan's team began pushing him to the front, and although Boonen had a great lead near the finish line, it was Sagan who, once again, outsprinted everyone to capture the stage 8 win, thereby extinguishing any remaining hope for all the teams who will leave California empty handed.
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2012 Tour of California stage 8 results:
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 01:27:36
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
3 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
4 Roger Kluge (Ger) Argos - Shimano
5 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda
6 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Ken Hanson (USA) Team Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies
8 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
9 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
10 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech Powered By