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Amgen Tour of California promotes Lake Tahoe across the globe

When Tour of California cyclists crest Kingsbury Grade from Carson Valley and speed down into Stateline and South Lake Tahoe, live images will be broadcast around the world — exposure that local race organizers say is priceless.

The Amgen Tour of California is America’s biggest and most prestigious professional cycling race according to Kristin Klein, Tour of California president and executive vice president of AEG Sports. The multi-stage race last year was viewed by 16.6 million viewers in 200 countries, including 6.88 million on Snapchat, 677,000 per day on Facebook, 244,000 per day on Twitter and 2.4 million over 10 days on Instagram.

Altogether, the reach on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined was up nearly 200 percent from the 2016 race.

“It’s the second largest race in the world,” Klein said in an email. “It is the only U.S. race on the UCI World Tour calendar, which also houses the Tour de France.”

Klein says the estimated economic impact of being a host city is around $100 million, with the hundreds of people who travel with the race entourage as well as the thousands of fans who use local hotels, restaurants and businesses.

Calculating the actual financial impact from being a host city here on South Shore is easier said than done, Lake Tahoe Visitor Authority President Carol Chaplin noted.
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“There is no way we have a way to confirm what kind of lodging has been specifically driven from the Tour,” Chaplin said. “We can’t quantify the economic impact, it’s too gray an area for us to hang our hats on. But once the riders cross the globe, and once the images of Lake Tahoe are broadcast around the world, that’s where we see the value.”

LTVA makes a significant monetary investment in hosting the race and local business benefit from their partnerships depending on the race configuration, whether the city hosts a stage finish or kickoffs a stage, according to Chaplin. LTVA pays for law enforcement, all the signs that have been posted regarding road closures and athlete’s meals and rooms, among other things.

But this year, Chaplin said the athletes and their entourages will finish Stage 6 in South Lake Tahoe and then travel back the same day to the Sacramento area to spend the night and prepare for the final stage in the state’s capital.

“There is some benefit to our partners, when we purchase rooms and catering, particularly in the slow time of year,” Chaplin said. “But it’s those beautiful shots of Lake Tahoe … I think it’s going to be spectacular watching them coming down Kingsbury Grade.”

Cities likely get involved for a couple of reasons, including the public relations “pop” they get and branding alignment, stated Carl Ribaudo, president of SMG Consulting, a tourism and recreation strategic consulting firm. In order to be more competitive, South Shore is moving to a more serious all-season outdoor recreation and entertainment destination and not just skiing heaven.

“The Amgen is an extension of what many of our locals love to do,” Ribaudo said. “It’s a really good fit. The men and women are so athletic, it just fits the Tahoe lifestyle.”

Maybe the race’s most famous rider, Peter Sagan, of Slovakia, who has a race-record 16 stage wins, promotes the area and wishes he could spend more time here. Sagan hosted a race, the Sagan Fondo, May 5 in Truckee and chose that area over other locations for its people and scenery, among other things.

“I love California and am never there long enough. My time in the Tour of California is some of the best of my racing season,” Sagan said in a statement. “I try to come here as often as I can. Not only does California provide some of the best roads and most beautiful scenery in the world, the warmth and friendliness of its people are second to none. I really feel at home whenever I’m there.”

There are some issues with hosting the event, mainly road closures. But LTVA posted signs well in advance of what roads will be closed and when. The visitors authority is even going door-to-door with local businesses on Kingsbury Grade and other places that will be impacted to make sure they are informed.

Chaplin said she’s had few complaints over the past few years.

“I think the community receives it really well even if there are road closures and some hassles,” Ribaudo said. “LTVA does a good job of informing everybody and the local support is critical.”

Since the city started hosting stages, road biking popularity has risen around the lake, Chaplin noted. The South Shore also is trying to become the destination for elite athletes to get high-altitude, elite training.

She points to Barton Memorial Hospital and its sports performance center. Three-time American Olympian road bicycle racing gold medalist Kristin Armstrong will be at Barton on Thursday, May 17, to check out and learn about the facilities.

“The race has been called a ‘Postcard of California,'” Chaplin said. “We’re getting the impressions, the exposure, and the message out there that this destination is unsurpassable for outdoor recreation.”

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Giro d’Italia: Simon Yates wins stage nine to extend lead as Chris Froome fades

Britain’s Simon Yates stormed to a superb win on stage nine of the Giro d’Italia to extend his lead in the general classification as compatriot Chris Froome lost more time.

Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates, 25, accelerated away with 100m to go on the summit finish to Gran Sasso d’Italia.

He now has a 32-second lead over team-mate Esteban Chaves, with reigning champion Tom Dumoulin 38 seconds back.

Team Sky’s Froome is two minutes 27 seconds down in 11th place.

Monday is the second rest day of the race, which finishes in Rome on 27 May.

BeSpoke at the Giro: ‘Yates is strongest rider in race’

This was Yates’ first stage win at a Giro and it brought him a bonus 10 seconds on top of the 12 he put into Dumoulin.

But it was the manner of the win on the 225km route from Pesco Sannita that was arguably more important, the day a real test of his credentials as he seeks his first Grand Tour win – and one he passed in wonderful fashion.

After a 12-man break had gone away early, the last survivor was swallowed up with 3km to go and the real race began.

Yates was happy to sit in the wheels as first Guilio Ciccone and then Thibault Pinot attacked into a stiff headwind, but came out of their slipstream to go clear and celebrate with a clenched fist as he crossed the line.

It was another chastening day for Froome, the four-time Tour de France champion spat out the back of the small lead group and losing 67 seconds to Yates.

He had looked short of his best throughout the first week, twice crashing, and this was further evidence that his bid to become only the third rider in history to win three Grand Tours in a row is in real trouble.

Dutchman Dumoulin will perhaps be less concerned, the time trial on stage 16 offering him the chance to perhaps take as much as a minute and a half out of Yates.

But with Yates able to count on the support of Colombian team-mate Chaves, the man from Bury will be starting to believe this could his race.

“That one was for the boys who’ve been riding on the front all day – they’ve had a couple of tough days, always riding on the front on some really long stages,” said Yates.

“From the beginning of the stage today, we were always thinking that if we kept the break close enough then it might be possible for the stage.

“Once Astana showed some interest in the stage then I knew it was possible, but you never know deep into the final.

“It was a very difficult day. Chris crashed yesterday; maybe he was affected by that.”

Team Sky sporting director Nicolas Portal said: “It’s not perfect. He was looking good the last couple of days but we have to stay optimistic.

“We have two more weeks coming up and hopefully we have some better days. Let’s hope that we can quickly forget this stage – they will keep fighting, and they won’t give up.”

Stage nine result:

1 Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) 5hrs 54mins 13secs

2 Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) same time

3 Esteban Chaves (Col/Mitchelton-Scott)

4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +4secs

5 Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Movistar) same time

6 Davide Formolo (Ita/Bora-Hansgrohe) +10secs

7 George Bennett (Nzl/Lotto NL-Jumbo) +12secs

8 Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Team Sunweb) same time

9 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team)

10 Giulio Ciccone (Ita/Bardiani CSF) +24secs

General classification

1 Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) 37hrs 37mins 15secs

2 Esteban Chaves (Col/Mitchelton-Scott) +32secs

3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Team Sunweb) +38secs

4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +45secs

5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +57secs

6 Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Movistar) +1min 20secs

7 George Bennett (Nzl/Lotto NL-Jumbo) +1min 33secs

8 Rohan Dennis (Aus/BMC Racing) +2mins 5secs

9 Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana Pro Team) same time

10 Michael Woods (Can/EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale) +2mins 25secs

11 Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +2mins 27secs

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Cavendish, Sagan ready to line up for Tour of California

In some ways, Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish will always be joined at the

hip.

Or the elbow.

The two have long been among the world’s top cyclists, routinely winning some of the sport’s marquee races. Sagan is a three-time and reigning world champion, fresh off his Paris-Roubaix victory, while Cavendish trails only Eddy Merckx for the most Tour de France stage wins.

Yet in last year’s Tour, they became embroiled in controversy. They had begun their final sprint in Vittel, France, when Sagan’s elbow flared out, seemingly running Cavendish into a barrier. The fall broke the British sprinter’s collarbone, and Sagan was booted from the race.

Lawsuits ensued. Sagan argued it was a racing accident. Cavendish bristled. In the end, cycling’s governing body decided the crash was merely “an unfortunate and unintentional race incident.”

Still, things haven’t quite thawed between the two, and it creates an intriguing subplot as they join some of the sport’s top riders for the weeklong Tour of California. The only other time they’ve raced since the Tour de France was Milan-San Remo, where Cavendish crashed early on and was not a factor, so this could be their first chance to spend any time together.

Maybe we’ll speak during the race about it. I don’t know,” said Sagan, with a playful chuckle.

The two had always been cordial, if not quite friendly, but the tension between sprint stars was still apparent in separate phone interviews with the Associated Press. Asked about seeing Sagan again, Cavendish replied: “I’m just here to race.”

Cavendish, Sagan ready to line up for Tour of California

By Dave Skretta Updated 8:09 pm, Saturday, May 12, 2018

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In some ways, Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish will always be joined at the hip.

Or the elbow.

The two have long been among the world’s top cyclists, routinely winning some of the sport’s marquee races. Sagan is a three-time and reigning world champion, fresh off his Paris-Roubaix victory, while Cavendish trails only Eddy Merckx for the most Tour de France stage wins.

Yet in last year’s Tour, they became embroiled in controversy. They had begun their final sprint in Vittel, France, when Sagan’s elbow flared out, seemingly running Cavendish into a barrier. The fall broke the British sprinter’s collarbone, and Sagan was booted from the race.

Lawsuits ensued. Sagan argued it was a racing accident. Cavendish bristled. In the end, cycling’s governing body decided the crash was merely “an unfortunate and unintentional race incident.”

Still, things haven’t quite thawed between the two, and it creates an intriguing subplot as they join some of the sport’s top riders for the weeklong Tour of California. The only other time they’ve raced since the Tour de France was Milan-San Remo, where Cavendish crashed early on and was not a factor, so this could be their first chance to spend any time together.

Peter Sagan (right) has the most stage wins in Tour of California history with 16, while Mark Cavendish (left) is second with 10. Photo: Harry How / Getty Images 2015

Photo: Harry How / Getty Images 2015
Peter Sagan (right) has the most stage wins in Tour of California history with 16, while Mark Cavendish (left) is second with 10.

“Maybe we’ll speak during the race about it. I don’t know,” said Sagan, with a playful chuckle.

The two had always been cordial, if not quite friendly, but the tension between sprint stars was still apparent in separate phone interviews with the Associated Press. Asked about seeing Sagan again, Cavendish replied: “I’m just here to race.”

So are some of the other heavy hitters in cycling.

Even though the ongoing Giro d’ Italia draws many big names to the season’s first Grand Tour, the Tour of California has become a favorite proving ground for Tour de France hopefuls. That’s why Sagan and Cavendish will be joined by the likes of Marcel Kittel, Alexander Kristoff and Fernando Gaviria in contesting the sprint stages, beginning with Sunday’s opening stage in Long Beach.

They will have chances on the fifth and seventh stages, and possibly the third-stage finish at Laguna Seca Raceway, where Sagan beat Greg Van Avermaet to the line a few years ago.

“It’s always nice to come to California. I spend a lot of time here,” Cavendish said. “My first time was 2008, I think, so it’s great to see the race grow to a World Tour race.”

It’s special for Sagan, too. He has the most stage victories with 16 (Cavendish is second with 10) and won the overall title in 2015.

Sagan has embraced riding in America just as the state-side cycling fan base has embraced the Slovakian rider. He won his first world title in Virginia in 2015, prepared for the mountain bike event at the Rio Olympics in the U.S., and hosted a gravel-grinding Gran Fondo in Truckee this month to raise money and awareness for at-risk youth.

“Oh, well, I feel good here,” he said. “I’m far away from Europe, where people notice me more. It’s good for me, work-wise. It’s good for training. Nice weather, good altitude training camps. It’s just a pretty good place for me here in America.”

Men’s contenders: Reigning champ George Bennett is racing the Giro, so look for young American riders Sepp Kuss and Neilson Powless to attack on the climbing stages. Other riders with GC hopes are Rafal Majka, Tejay van Garderen, Egan Bernal and Lachlan Morton.

Women’s contenders: The three-stage women’s race begins Thursday in Elk Grove, and proceeds alongside the men’s race to the finish Saturday in Sacramento. Megan Guarnier will ride for the USA Cycling Team, rather than her usual Boels-Dolmans trade team, alongside cyclocross star Katie Compton. American standout Coryn Rivera will be back as the hometown favorite, while Katie Hall has dominated domestic races for her UnitedHealthcare team this season.

Dave Skretta is an Associated Press writer.

Tour of California

What: Seven-stage, 645-mile race from Long Beach to Sacramento.

When: Sunday through Saturday

Bay Area stage: Morgan Hill, Stage 4 time trial, Wednesday.

Sunday’s Stage 1: An 83.6-mile ride that starts and finishes in Long Beach.

Sunday’s TV: 1 p.m. live, 9 p.m. recap show, NBCSN

Women’s race: Three stages, Thursday-Saturday, from Elk Grove to Sacramento.

Giro d’Italia 2018 – Live STREAM

Giro d’Italia 2018 live stream: Watch cycling online and on TV

Chris Froome will lead the Team Sky effort, returning to the race for the first time in eight years.

The decorated Brit will attempt to complete the Giro-Tour de France double and having won the La Vuelta last year, become only the third rider in history to hold all three Grand Tour titles at the same time.

Froome will start as favourite but is expected to face stiff competition from last year’s winner Tom Dumoulin as well as the likes of Miguel Angel Lopez, Thibaut Pinot and Fabian Aru.

So here’s how to make sure you don’t miss a second of the action.

Giro d’Italia 2018 TV channel

The UK TV rights for the Giro d’Italia have once again been taken up by Eurosport, who will split the coverage across their two channels, on Eurosport 1 (Sky channel 410) and Eurosport 2 (Sky 411).

Viewers without a Eurosport subscription can still get their fix of Giro action with exclusive highlights of the action to be shown live on Quest every day, starting at 7pm on Friday May 4.

Giro d’Italia 2018 live stream

Sky Sports subscribers with Eurosport access on their TV used to be able to access the Discovery-owned channels via Sky Go.

However, that deal has expired and now viewers who want to watch the Australian Open online will have to buy a Eurosport Player pass.

Day passes cost £4.99 while an annual pass costs £29.99 and gives you access to both channels on a range of devices all year round.

Giro d’Italia 2018 TV schedule

Friday 4 May

1130-1530 LIVE stage one on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage one highlights on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player

Saturday 5 May

1130-1615 LIVE stage two on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage two highlights on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player

Sunday 6 May

1015-1615 LIVE stage three on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage three highlights on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player

Tuesday 8 May

1200-1630 LIVE stage four on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage four highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Wednesday 9 May

1200-1630 LIVE stage five on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage five highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Thursday 10 May

1200-1630 LIVE stage six on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage six highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Friday 11 May

1200-1630 LIVE stage seven on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage seven highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Saturday 12 May

1200-1630 LIVE stage eight on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage eight highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Sunday 13 May

1200-1630 LIVE stage nine on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage nine highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Tuesday 15 May

1200-1645 LIVE stage 10 on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage 10 highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Wednesday 16 May

1200-1645 LIVE stage 11 on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage 11 highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Thursday 17 May

1200-1645 LIVE stage 12 on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage 12 highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Friday 18 May

1200-1645 LIVE stage 13 on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage 13 highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Saturday 19 May

1200-1645 LIVE stage 14 on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage 14 highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Sunday 20 May

1200-1645 LIVE stage 15 on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage 15 highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Tuesday 21 May

1200-1645 LIVE stage 16 on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage 16 highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Wednesday 22 May

1200-1645 LIVE stage 17 on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage 17 highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Thursday 23 May

1200-1645 LIVE stage 18 on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage 18 highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Friday 24 May

1200-1645 LIVE stage 19 on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage 19 highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Saturday 25 May

1200-1645 LIVE stage 20 on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage 20 highlights on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player

Sunday 26 May

1200-1645 LIVE stage 21 on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player

2100-2230 Stage 21 highlights on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player