Stage Two of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California in Pasadena
We spent a morning amongst the professionals as they made their way to the starting line in South Pasadena for the second stage of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California.
The second stage of the Amgen Tour of California was a healthy mix of climbing through the hills and valleys between South Pasadena, where the race began, and Santa Clarita, the race finish. Many considered visiting European sprinters would take the top prize for the day, but instead a pair of American’s followed through with a breakaway that, at times, provided them a more than 7 minute advantage.
With a bit of good luck, lots of panache and heaps of grit, the two American’s kept the breakaway intact with Cannondale Pro Cycling Team’s Ben King (Charlottesville, Virginia) and Rally Cycling’s Evan Huffman (Elk Grove, Calif.) going the distance, 92 miles through the Angeles Forest and into a sprint finish in Santa Clarita. As the two riders came to the end, King tucked behind Huffman and let the California native break the air between them and the finish line. As they got closer, King saw the decisive moment and dove around Huffman, taking the win by what seemed less than a bicycle tire-width. Though Huffman was outmaneuvered by the experience of King, he flexed proper on the climbs of the day, earning the polka dot KOM jersey and flying the Rally Cycling Flag all day long for TV audiences everywhere.
Having raced all around the world all season for multiple seasons, it’s always a pleasure to come back to the state of California and do this race here. The spectators, the cycling culture, the roads, the scenery, everything about it is just as good as it gets.” – Ben King, Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
The two riders go into the third stage of the event with a 9 second advantage over the rest of the group. The third stage is 104 miles between Thousand Oaks and Santa Barbara County.