At 81 miles, Stage 4 of the 2011 Tour of California is among the shortest but far from the easiest. With five categorized climbs and a mountaintop finish, it was a stage for the climbers as well as the first day for the true GC contenders to show their strength. In the previous stage, Jamis/Sutter Home’s Jamey Driscoll was able to make the day’s breakaway as he had in the opening stage. For Stage 4, Jamis/Sutter Home changed strategy and all of the riders held back at the start to save their strength to help Luis Amaran and Tyler Wren approach the day’s most decisive climbs in the best possible position. The strategy worked. Luis and Tyler entered the day’s final climb with the very select front group. Charging up the impossibly steep three-mile climb to the finish with everything they had, Tyler and Luis finished 26th and 30th, respectively. As Andy Guptill, the team’s embedded reporter observed, while these rankings might not typically jump off the page, considering the caliber of the field, the results are very impressive. Andy notes that among domestic riders in the race, Tyler and Luis ranked second and third on the stage. Equally important, Tyler’s all-out effort advanced him to 23rd in the general classification — Jamis/Sutter Home’s highest ranked rider in the overall standings.
About the sponsors of the Jamis/Sutter Home Pro Cycling Team
Title sponsor Jamis Bicycles rolled out the first Earth Cruiser bicycle in 1979 and has since built a reputation as a brand unmatched in performance, value, and style. Jamis Bicycles are sold in the US from coast to coast and in over 40 countries. G. Joannou Cycle, parent company of Jamis Bicycles, was established in 1937 and remains the largest bicycle business in the US under original family ownership. The company is the official bike sponsor of the Colavita/Forno D’Asolo Pro Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light and Jamis bikes are the choice of professional triathletes including US National Champion Laura Bennett and Stephen Hackett. The Team Jamis Factory professional mountain bike squad competes in the most challenging cross-country and endurance events throughout the world. The company also supports elite athletes through its partnership with Full Throttle Endurance and the Jamis Backyard Racing program, which supports up-and-coming athletes across the USA. Jamis is the Exclusive Bike Partner of Bicycling Magazine’s BikeTown USA presented by MetLife, and the company’s grant to Transportation Alternatives has made possible the largest bicycle valet program in New York City’s history.
Since its establishment in 1948, Sutter Home has produced premier red, white and blush wines at affordable prices. Today Sutter Home is America’s #1 premium wine brand and offers consumers a variety of wines for everyday enjoyment. With its creation of White Zinfandel in the early 1970s and the introduction of top-notch varietal wines during the 1980s and ’90s, Sutter Home became a household name and the second largest, independent family-run winery in the U.S. Sutter Home makes 13 varietals including the original White Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Moscato and Riesling. Sutter Home is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948.
For the 2011 season, the Jamis/Sutter Home Pro Cycling Team will be riding Xenith SL road and Xenith T2 time trial frames from title sponsor Jamis Bicycles, equipped with Shimano components, wheels, and shoes and Ritchey Logic handlebars, stems, and seatposts. Tires and tubulars are supplied by Vittoria and saddles and handlebar tape are furnished by Selle San Marco. The Xenith T2 Time trial bikes are outfitted with aerobars and other parts from Profile Design.