Westra Takes Stage 1 of Tour of California 2013
Heat and climbing-intensive stage culminates in Escondido, California.
not replace what is lost and can lead to dramatic reductions in performance.
Other measures taken by riders include ice bags or ice stuffed into socks which are placed down the back of a rider's jersey in order to lower core body temperature – similarly pouring cold water over one’s head/helmet and clothing can further lower core temperature. After the race, the riders will sit in cold baths, pools or showers to further reduce core body temperature when necessary to enhance recovery. The race organizers also take measures to protect the riders from excess heat by allowing them to 'feed' from their team vehicles much earlier in the race than typically allowed to account for the increased consumption of fluids.
Taking second and third stage finish spots on the podium were Spain’s Francisco Mancebo Perez of 5-Hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team and Slovakia’s Peter Sagan of Team Cannondale Pro Cycling, respectively.
In other classifications the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey was awarded to 5-Hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team’s James Stemper (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) and the Crunchies Best Young Rider Jersey to Jasper Stuyven (Belgium) of the Bontrager Cycling Team (USA).
"In the last four years with this team, I’ve been making the transition to a road rider. I pride myself on being a great teammate right now. I know I can ride hard for the entire day," said Stemper.