The crushing heat of the Californian sun

The Amgen Tour of California's undulating route on the first stage certainly produced an exciting and unpredictable finish in Escondido today. With a small breakaway out front and a chess match waiting game of who's gonna take the reins and control the race in the peloton behind, it wasn't until the final climb that we really lit the fireworks and the day's scorching heat began to take its toll.

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The 2012 USA Professional Road Champion, Timmy Duggan will be sharing his experiences as he returns to the Tour of California with his new Saxo-Tinkoff team. Having overcome a broken leg in Tour Down Under, the Colorado resident is looking to get back up to top form and show his stars and stripes jersey with pride.