Racing Roundup & Tour of California Pro Bikes

Zabriskie won the Bakersfield TT by a significant margin.

There has been lots of drama with plenty to talk about since our last race post. First, the Giro continues to provide exciting racing as the Pink Jersey has changed hands multiple times between Rodriguez and Hesjedal. It’s the Giro d’Italia at its finest. With Frank Schleck abandoning on Stage 15, it’s also become apparent that the Schlecks only race twice a year at the Tour de France and Liege Bastogne Liege. It’s almost as if Frank was looking for an excuse to abandon the Giro so he could resume his Tour training and join his brother. A quick examination of riders who have actually won the Tour and major stage races shows a different character than what we’ve seen from the Schlecks. Consider, Cadel Evans rode stages 8-21 of the 2010 Tour de France with a broken arm and still didn’t abandon. Just Saying. On the second rest day of the Giro, Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver sits in Pink. Mark Cavendish wears the Red Jersey. Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini) wears the Blue (mountains) Jersey, and Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Sky Procycling) is the Best Young Rider.

As the TOC finishes up a few things have become apparent. First, Robert Gesink is back and will contend for a podium spot at the Tour. Second Dave Zabriskie seems to be on form for an Olympic Medal, his major objective of the year. Lastly, Peter Sagan is an animal. It’s hard to see him  not winning at least one stage at the Tour now. Certainly the competition will be fiercer, but it’s not like Tom Boonen and Heinrich Haussler aren’t elite level sprinters. Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Dave Zabriskie and Tom Danielson finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the General Classification. Peter Sagan won the Points Classification (Green Jersey) and the Best Young Rider. Sébastian Salas (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) won the Mountains Classification.

I had a chance to check out the TT stage in Bakersfield and snap a few picks. Below are some things I found interesting that you may not have seen elsewhere. Click through the image to see large files. Enjoy.