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Tour of California Notebook: Odds & Ends

  • The peloton makes its way down HWY 1 5.7 miles north of Jenner on stage one of the Tour of California. In the background looking south you can see Goat Rock. Scott Manchester / For The Press Democrat

At the end of each stage of the Amgen Tour of California, including Sunday's opener, six jerseys are awarded for various accomplishments.

In addition to earning the yellow Race Leader jersey, team Liquigas-Cannondale's Peter Sagan, 22, of Slovokia won the Best Young Rider jersey and the Sprint jersey on Sunday.

The Most Courageous jersey was awarded to local favorite Levi Leipheimer of team Omega Pharma-Quickstep, eliciting a loud roar from the throng of Santa Rosa fans. The King of the Mountain jersey was awarded to Canadian David Boily of Team Spidertech Powered by C10. The Most Aggressive Rider jersey went to Watsonville's Ben Jacques-Maynes of Bissell Pro Cycling, a team based in Santa Rosa.

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"The whole goal is to get out there and wave the Bissell flag," Jacques-Maynes said. "The Most Aggressive Rider jersey is fine with me."

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR

Twenty-four countries were represented by the 128 riders in Sunday's race. The leading numbers in terms of nationality included: 46 Americans, 13 Australians, 10 Columbians, nine Dutch, and eight French. Of the cycling teams represented, both Bissell Pro Cycling and BMC Racing Team are headquartered in Santa Rosa.

"That's pretty unique that two of the United States teams are from Santa Rosa considering there are only 16 team competing," Amgen Press Operations Director Steve Brunner said.

STARS COME OUT

This year's Tour of California has three of the current top four ranked riders in the world: Belgian Tom Bonnen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) ranked No. 1, Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) ranked No. 2, and Sagan ranked No. 4.

The last time an American race had three of the four top-ranked cyclists in the world was the 1992 Tour Dupont.


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