Tom Boonen warms up his legs on a stationary bike before the Stage 5 Individual Time Trial in Bakersfield, CA.
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.
The Tour starts to get weird on its last stop, Los Angeles.
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.
Race leader Dave Zabriskie gets a water bottle hand-off in Stage 6.
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.
More fan craziness.
Jens Voight gets a little push from a (different, clothed) frenzied fan on Mt. Baldy, a rather common occurrence in cycle racing.
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.
Sagan gets another kiss from the podium girls.
2011 AToC champ Chris Horner (right), the favorite coming into this year's Tour, lost 38 secondsand the raceto Robert Gesink on Mt. Baldy.
Has Team Radioshack Nissan Trek joined the local beer league?
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.
AToC star Peter Sagan poses awkwardly with a guy named James Davis.