A hot day in the hills just outside Escondido, California, started this years 2013 Amgen Tour of California. In a very surprising finish, not only did a virtual no-name rider take the stage victory, he beat out Peter Sagan in a sprint. A little bit of luck and help from his teammate Francisco Mancebo, helped Lieuwe Westra grab victory. The heat and sprint finish seemed to be the highlights of what’s certain to be another spectacular tour up the coast of beautiful California. AGW photographer, Adam Bendig (www.abcbphoto.com), was there behind the scenes capturing what most of us don’t get to see watching the race on TV.
Westra’s win landed him both the Leader and Sprint jerseys. Mancebo, who is currently second in Sprints, will wear the jersey tomorrow morning. Jones will be in the Mountains jersey; Jasper Stuyven has hold of the Best Young Rider jersey; and Stemper will be wearing the Most Courageous Rider jersey. Here is a look at your current Top 20 riders.
1. Lieuwe WESTRA, Vacansoleil-DCM, in 4:31:33
2. Francisco MANCEBO PEREZ, 5-hour Energy-Kenda, at :00
3. Peter SAGAN, Cannondale, at :06
4. Gianni MEERSMAN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :06
5. Jasper STUYVEN, USA, at :06
6. Jacob RATHE, Garmin-Sharp, at :06
7. Alexander CANDELARIO, USA, at :06
8. Mitchell DOCKER, Orica-GreenEdge, at :06
9. Jeremy VENNELL, USA, at :06
10. Tanner PUTT, USA, at :06
11. Michael ROGERS, Saxo-Tinkoff, at :06
12. Chad BEYER, Champion System, at :06
13. Mathias FRANK, BMC Racing, at :06
14. Paul VOSS, NetApp-Endura, at :06
15. Marc DE MAAR, UnitedHealthcare, at :06
16. Christopher BALDWIN, USA, at :06
17. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC Racing, at :06
18. Andy SCHLECK, RadioShack-Leopard, at :06
19. Cameron MEYER, Orica-GreenEdge, at :06
20. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, NetApp-Endura, at :06
Come back tomorrow after the race for photos from Stage Two!