The 2014 Amgen Tour of California began Sunday with Stage One: Sacramento. The men's race kicked off at 10:50 A.M. with a 120 mile course that started at the State Capitol of California and went through the towns of Pleasant Grove, Lincoln, Auburn, Cool, El Dorado Hills, Folsom and back to Sacramento. This year's race was a real tight one that was plagued by high winds and it was decided in the final lap. The ending was so close that it was decided in a near photo finish between cyclists from Team Giant-Shimano and Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling.
Great Britain's Mark Cavendish of Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team finished first with a time of 4 hours and 44 minutes. With the win, Cavendish was awarded the "Amgen Race Leader's" yellow jersey and will be defending it tomorrow at stage two in Folsom. Cavendish held on to the lead despite stiff competition from his fellow cyclists and major wind gusts that knocked out several riders during the the race. Finishing second was Germany's John Degenkolb of Team Giant-Shimano followed by Dutch racer Moreno Hofland from the Belkin-Pro Cycling Team.
Competition jerseys were also awarded after the race. Along with the yellow jersey, Mark Cavendish was awarded the "Visit California Sprint Jersey" for being the bonus points leader. "The Michelob Ultra King of the Mountain" was awarded to Canadian William Routley of the Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies racing team, Tao Geoghegan Hart of the Bissell Development Team won the Crunchies Best Young Rider Jersey and the Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey was awarded to Charles Planet of Team Novo Nordisk. John Degenkolb will be wearing the "Sprint" jersey due to Cavendish wearing the yellow.
Monday will be Stage Two of the Tour of California. Folsom will be the host city and the race will be a twelve and a half mile time trial. The course will run through the city of Folsom, across the American River Bridge and nearby Folsom Lake. The men's race is scheduled to begin at 1:05 P.M. and parking is available in the Wal-Mart Center, City Hall and the Negro Bar State Park Recreation Area. For more information about the Stage Two please visit http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/stages/stage-2