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Sir Bradley Wiggins Really Wins Amgen Tour; Spanish Cyclist Acted Like Winner ... With 1 Lap to Go

Credit: Amgen Tour of California/Facebook.
Credit: Amgen Tour of California/Facebook.

Sir Bradley Wiggins of Britain won cycling's Tour of California which concluded today with a 76.1-mile circuit race beginning and ending in Thousand Oaks.

Spanish cyclist Eloy Teruel thought he had won the race -- but he was celebrating with one lap too early (see video). 

Wiggins began the stage with a 30-second lead over Australian Rohan Dennis and finished 20th today as each of the top 57 cyclists were credited with the same time, two hours, 53 minutes, 50 seconds.

Dennis finished 38th in the stage. American Lawson Craddock finished third overall, 1:48 behind Wiggins, after a 29th-place finish in the stage.

[Previous: Amgen Tour Covers Mt. Hamilton, Mt. Diablo Today, Monterey to Cambria on Wednesday.]

Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France champion and a four-time Olympic gold medalist, led the eight-stage, approximately 720-mile race that began last Sunday in Sacramento since the completion of Monday's Stage 2 individual time trial in Folsom.

Mark Cavendish won today's stage. He also won the first stage.

The stage passed through Westlake Village and Agoura Hills. It included three laps of a 21-mile circuit, with cyclists making three 910-foot ascents up the "Rock Store" climb on Mulholland Drive between Malibu and Agoura Hills, followed by three 4.6-mile circuits around Westlake Lake.

--City News Service

commuter May 19, 2014 at 01:21 PM
I remember the time the Tour of California came to Palo Alto. And I remember regular circuit races around University Ave and California Ave. That was so much fun for the family. Why did these races stop? Will they ever happen again?

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