Tadej Pogacar, right, of Slovenia, rides along with the peloton during the seventh and final stage of the Tour of California bicycle race Saturday, May 18, 2019, near Santa Clarita, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tour of California bicycle race overall winners, from left to right, Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia, of Colombia, Tadej Pogacar, of Slovenia, and Kasper Asgreen, of Denmark, stand on the podium Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) PASADENA, Calif. — Tadej Pogacar did the work necessary to win the Tour of California on the steep climb of Mt. Baldy. His team did the work it needed for him to win on the run-in to Pasadena. With big names going on the attack midway through the final stage Saturday, UAE Team Emirates was able to consistently keep their young star out of trouble. And when the field came back for a sprint at the Rose Bowl, all Pogacar had to do was raise his hands in overall victory. Cees Bol of Team Sunweb won the group sprint … [Read more...] about Tadej Pogacar, Anna van der Breggen win Tour of California
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Peter Sagan, of the Bora-hansgrohe team, second from left, crosses the finish line ahead Travis McCabe, of the USA Cycling team right, to win the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California cycling race Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Peter Sagan, of the Bora-hansgrohe team, celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California cycling race Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Peter Sagan has had trouble finding his way to the front at the finish this season. Turns out he just needed to get back to the Tour of California. The three-time road cycling world champion, and the winningest rider in race history, freelanced his way to the front of the opening stage Sunday and then held off fast-finishing Travis McCabe of the USA Cycling team to earn his 17th career win in North America’s biggest stage race. Sagan had only one victory this … [Read more...] about Peter Sagan captures opening stage of Tour of California
Ending this ‘sport’ is the only real solutionThe Union-Tribune asks if it is time to end or alter horse racing, suggesting that this “sport” can perhaps be cleaned up, as racing officials have recently opined, so as to become a safe enterprise for horses. But to accomplish that would require the elimination of greed, cruelty, stupidity and callous disregard for animal welfare — all of which are prominently on display in racing.Horse racing is, of course, not a sport at all. It is a gambling operation with the animals bearing the mortal risks. And it is no mystery why horses “break down.” Equine veterinarians explain that catastrophic injuries are preventable but inevitable when the industry demands ever more speed in younger horses whose bones are not fully developed, whose minor injuries are masked with drugs to keep the animal performing and who are often viciously whipped. This is not how anyone treats an animal loved and valued beyond its … [Read more...] about Your Say: What is the fate of the sport of horse racing?
MOORESVILLE, N.C. — NCAR, which is an acronym for Northern California Auto Racing, recently honored us with an award in appreciation of our service to racing in northern California. It was part of the group’s third annual Dinner With Champions. The event was held to raise money for a Northern California Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, which NCAR, under the leadership of Tommy Hunt, hopes to build in the near future. Other honored guests were World of Outlaws sprint car star Brad Sweet and successful NASCAR team owner Bill McAnally. Legendary broadcaster Gary Gerould served as the emcee. Many Northern California racing stars and personalities from the past and present attended. Drivers such as Jimmy Sills, Johnny Anderson, Jimmy Boyd, Rick Hirst, Rico Abreu, Colby Copeland and Andy Forsberg enjoyed the festivities. Famed car owner Clyde Lamar was also there. The evening was full of great stories from the glory days of racing at historic venues such as West Capital Raceway … [Read more...] about SHEHEEN: Northern California Recognition
Even though the 2018 season still has one race to go, IndyCar officials are already thinking about next year, announcing the series’ 2019 schedule Tuesday morning. The number of races will remain the same at 17 events. However, there will be two venue changes: Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, will replace ISM Raceway in Phoenix on the schedule, and Laguna Seca will assume the season-ending race in place of Sonoma Raceway. All events will be carried by the NBC Sports Group, including NBC and NBCSN, and will be highlighted by the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2019. COTA has long been mentioned as a potential venue for IndyCar. The 3.426-mile permanent road course becomes the second-longest track on the circuit, behind Road America (4.048 miles) in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. COTA becomes the second track in the state of Texas to host an IndyCar race, the other being longtime series host Texas Motor Speedway (has hosted 30 races since 1997), which … [Read more...] about IndyCar unveils 2019 schedule, adds Circuit of the Americas to 17-race slate