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.
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.