The turnaround from last week racing at Tour de Yorkshire to kicking off the Amgen Tour of California today was short, but after being in a hotel the whole time and having a long build-up of pre-race activities, everyone was eager to get the race going.
Stage 1 played out exactly as we expected with a small break getting caught before a fast bunch sprint. It was a fairly straightforward day, except for a few orange traffic cones keeping us on our toes. The wide American roads meant there was constant reshuffling and my legs felt a little stale, but the speed and acceleration out of the corners helped open them up a bit.
Hopefully, they are primed for tomorrow’s big day. It’s the highly anticipated summit finish showdown on Gibraltar…..