Amgen Tour of California | Stage Eight | L.A. Live to Pasadena

Words and images by Sam Wiebe

Stage eight showcased the beauty of American bike racing with a route from Los Angeles to Pasadena, with two multi-lap circuits in the heart of each city, in L.A. Live and around Rose Bowl stadium.

Jesse Anthony mixed things up in a late breakaway on the closing circuits in Pasadena. He and four other riders attacked and counter-attacked, trying to build a sufficient gap, but they were caught with a few laps to go.

Jesse had this to say about his effort to sneak way for the stage win:

“I waited, saved my energy, because were going incredibly fast for the whole race. After we hit the circuits, I tried to be as aggressive as possible and eventually got away with a few other riders. With Guillaume out, I knew we had to try something bold to have a chance at a result. We had to go attack, which I love. It was fun to go out there and throw down, but unfortunately it didn’t work out.”

Injury Report: Guillaume Boivin crashed on the opening circuits in Los Angeles. He was taken to the nearest hospital, and came way with some stitches on his knee, and luckily little else. Wish Guillaume a speedy recovery.

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This years race hosted its first ever Eritrean cyclist, and possibly the most complex name ever, in MTN-Qhubeka rider Daniel Teklehaimanot. There were some proud fans on the course to cheer on their countryman.

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Mechanic Evan Mumford worked largely behind the scenes this week in California. Here he poses with his fiancé Jordan.

The courtyard in front of the Staples Center is home to some very cool sculptures of some of the city’s greatest sports stars, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Magic Johnson, and Luc Robitaille.

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It’s always fun to see a fan of the team fully kitted out.

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Our newest fan happened to be a state highway patrolman. They play a critical role, following the race and making sure everything is safe and smooth for the peloton.

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An enamored young fan of Phil Gaimon’s “Pro Cycling on Ten Dollars a Day” gets an autograph from the Cookie Monster.

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The Park Tool box is finally closed. Time to wrap things up and move onto the next race.

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Lead mechanic Vince Gee is a veteran of the pro peloton. These guys never stop working.

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