AToC Wrap-Up Slideshow

AToC Wrap-Up Slideshow

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Tom Boonen warms up his legs on a stationary bike before the Stage 5 Individual Time Trial in Bakersfield, CA.

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For Team Bissell, a U.S.-based UCI Continental team (meaning they can only race in North America), AToC is the biggest race of the year. As a result, they raced very aggressively, putting riders in nearly every single breakaway, in the hopes one would outrun the chasing peleton to bring the team glory and, more importantly, exposure.

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The Tour starts to get weird on its last stop, Los Angeles.

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U.S. time trial champ Dave Zabriskie dominated the Stage 5 Individual Time Trial, good enough to beat his closest competitor by 23 seconds and take the yellow leader's jersey.

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Race leader Dave Zabriskie gets a water bottle hand-off in Stage 6.

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The local media loves three-time AToC winner Levi Leipheimer, who's based in Santa Rosa, CA. This year, he was nursing a broken fibula from an April collision with a car, but still finished a respectable 6th place overall.

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More fan craziness.

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Jens Voight gets a little push from a (different, clothed) frenzied fan on Mt. Baldy, a rather common occurrence in cycle racing.

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Peter Sagan, the Slovak national champion, made a splash at the AToC, winning five of eight stages, and performing his signature wheelie after each one.

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Sagan gets another kiss from the podium girls.

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2011 AToC champ Chris Horner (right), the favorite coming into this year's Tour, lost 38 secondsand the raceto Robert Gesink on Mt. Baldy.

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Has Team Radioshack Nissan Trek joined the local beer league?

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Robert Gesink, after building up a 46-second lead on Mt. Baldy, cruises into the overall championship. This only months after crushing his leg in an accident.

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AToC star Peter Sagan poses awkwardly with a guy named James Davis.