Photo Gallery: Amgen Tour of California, Stage 1 – Escondido

SoCalCycling.com May 12, 2013 0
Photo Gallery:  Amgen Tour of California, Stage 1 – Escondido

The 2013 Amgen Tour of California got underway in Escondido under blistering hot conditions that saw the peloton go up the East Grade of Palomar Mountain. We captured the action on the steep Cole Grade, which is has a 9 % gradient, as the riders went for the final KOM points of the day.

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Photos ©  Christy Nicholson / EchelonDesignPhoto.com

Paris Roubaix winner Johan Van Summeren.

Paris Roubaix winner Johan Van Summeren.

World Champion Phillip Gilbert.

World Champion Phillip Gilbert.

Breakaway members Carter Jones (Bissell) and James Stemper (5 Hour pb Kenda) climb Cole Grade.

Breakaway members Carter Jones (Bissell) and James Stemper (5 Hour pb Kenda) climb Cole Grade.

Breakaway members Carter Jones (Bissell) and James Stemper (5 Hour pb Kenda) climb Cole Grade.

Breakaway members Carter Jones (Bissell) and James Stemper (5 Hour pb Kenda) climb Cole Grade.

The lead group flies up Cole Grade.

The lead group flies up Cole Grade.

Fan favorite Jens Voigt.

Fan favorite Jens Voigt.

Canadian Guiallaume Boivin.

Canadian Guiallaume Boivin.

Team Netapp-Endura riders conquer Cole Grade.

Team Netapp-Endura riders conquer Cole Grade.

Unzipped Jersey’s were a common sight due to the scorching heat.

Unzipped Jersey’s were a common sight due to the scorching heat.

Sprinter Tyler Farrar found his climbing legs on Cole Grade.

Sprinter Tyler Farrar found his climbing legs on Cole Grade.

Peter Sagan went on to finish 3rd for the day.

Peter Sagan went on to finish 3rd for the day.

Cold drinks were the key to staying hydrated.

Cold drinks were the key to staying hydrated.

Catching a ride on the bumper. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

Catching a ride on the bumper. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

Catching a ride on the bumper. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

Catching a ride on the bumper. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

New Zealand’s Jeremy Vennell heads toward the top of the KOM climb.

New Zealand’s Jeremy Vennell heads toward the top of the KOM climb.

Teamwork!

Teamwork!

The broom wagon escorts the last two riders to the finish.

The broom wagon escorts the last two riders to the finish.

King of the Mountain.

King of the Mountain.

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