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Amgen Time Trials Goes to Wiggins

 
Amgen Time Trials Goes to Wiggins
Posted Tuesday, May 13th 2014 @ 8am  by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

Wiggins wins it.

The "fastest man on two wheels" was king of the Amgen Tour of California time trials during Monday's Stage 2 in Folsom. He'll lead the pack out of San Jose Tuesday and on a climb up Mount Diablo. The tour was a big boost to local businesses, as thousands of fans packed the historic district.

"Yeah I've heard anywhere from five to 12,000," said Eric Snook.

He says Snook's Chocolates made a few extra batches.

"Normally a typical Monday consist of, not anywhere near what we're seeing so far," said Shane from Bicycles Plus.

The annual race has come through Folsom before but the city has never previously hosted a start or finish.

One of the best sports announcers in the world, with one of the best broadcasting voices, is here in California this week for Amgen. Phil Liggett, who has announced the Tour de France for more than four decades, told KFBK he enjoyed watching all the citizen cyclists at Stage One and Two of Amgen in Sacramento and Folsom. He said cycling has worldwide popularity.

"Now the sport has gone from strength to strength, not just in America, not just in the UK, but all over the world.  There's momentum, really.  Yes, our television viewers took a dip when Lance confessed to his seven tour victories been done on drugs, but they've seem to have written that out now," Liggett waxed. 

He said he hopes the race comes back to Sacramento next year when Amgen celebrates its tenth anniversary. 

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