Running from May 15-22 and covering hundreds of miles between Lake Tahoe and Las Angeles, the Amgen Tour of California is the largest and most prestigious race in the US. With the top teams from around the world taking part, the Jamis/Sutter Home Pro Cycling Team was honored to be invited and determined to show their strength on one of cycling’s largest stages. Jamis/Sutter Home brought a roster to tackle every stage with confidence. The Borrajo brothers, Anibal and Alejandro, are sprinting better than ever and Luis Amaran and Tyler Wren are two of the best climbers in the domestic peloton. New signing Tom Zirbel is a true time trial specialist and Jamey Driscoll, Andy Guptill, and Fernando Antogna are all around riders able to help in every situation as well as take advantage of breakaway opportunities.
Stage One, the 118.7-mile road race from South Lake Tahoe to North Lake Tahoe, was cancelled due to snow. Stage Two, originally planned as a 120-mile course, was shortened to 76 miles due to more snow overnight. In addition, instead of beginning at the ski resort of Squaw Valley, the racers were to drive down to Nevada City, several thousand feet lower in elevation and below the snow line, to start the stage. Some of the biggest names in the star-studded field were called to the line and then racing commenced under partly cloudy skies. Attacks flew left and right and Jamis/Sutter Home riders covered as many as they could. Jamey Driscoll jumped with another rider as the peloton entered a screaming descent and was joined moments later by two more. The foursome went full gas and before long had a sizable gap that eventually grew to almost five minutes. Several teams were hoping to take advantage of the day’s relatively flat profile, however, and were motivated to bring back the breakaway to guarantee a field sprint. Jamey and his breakaway companions were ultimately reeled in by an organized chase with just 10 miles remaining. Then, it was time for the sprinters to have their chance at glory. Anibal and Alejandro Borrajo stayed together and steadily worked their way to the front of the absolutely flying peloton. With less than a mile to go, Anibal dropped Ale off in the top 10 and the final lead-outs for the finish began. Entering the final straight, Ale rocketed off the wheel in front of him and charged to the line, side by side with the best sprinters in the world, and finished in 6th, just inches off the podium!
Jamis/Sutter Home was pleased to open the race in co-title sponsor Sutter Home’s home state with a top 10 finish. For his strong performance in the breakaway, Jamey was awarded Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey.