Tour of California
Always close to the front but never first at the end, Tejay van Garderen would often wear himself out wondering if he could swap the white jersey that goes to the best young rider for the yellow one that goes to the winner.
When the Tour of California raced through this quaint Danish-style village in the wine country above Santa Barbara, thousands of cycling fans followed to cheer a sport they still love for all its flaws.
Ben Swift of Great Britain emerged from a massive sprint finish and took the lead Monday after winning the 76.7-mile, weather-shortened and rainy opening stage of the Tour of California.
The start of the Tour of California was wiped out Sunday because of snow, forcing organizers to cut the event from eight to seven stages.
Officials have still not decided whether the unusually cold temperatures forecasted for the first stage of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California will cause any changes to the route.