June 15, 2012 |
Kristin Armstrong was blazing fast when she won the Amgen Tour of California women's time trial last month in Bakersfield. She was, as Phil Keoghan, host of Amazing Race and owner of a women's cycling team, said, "racing a different race. " And less than two weeks later, while competing in a stage race in her hometown of Boise, Armstrong, 38, took a hard fall and broke her right collarbone. For a moment, Armstrong thought her third chance at the Olympics was over. She won a gold in the time trial four years ago in Beijing.
May 20, 2012 |
Robert Gesink, a Dutchman who rides for the Rabobank team, won the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, confirming his place on top that he had earned by climbing fast up Mt. Baldy on Saturday. The win was emotional for the 25-year-old, who grew up on a farm and learned to love cycling from his father, Dick, who was killed in a mountain bike crash two years ago. Father and son loved coming to California, Gesink said. Peter Sagan of Slovakia, who rides for the Italian-based Liquigas-Cannondale team, won his fifth stage of the eight-stage race Sunday, edging out crowd favorite Tom Boonen, the big Belgian sprint specialist who rides for the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step cycling team, for the win in the 42.6-mile road race between Beverly Hills and L.A. Live on Sunday.
May 17, 2012 |
Phil Keoghan, the Emmy-winning host of the reality show "The Amazing Race," is also a fan of cycling. He is such a big fan that he is now a sponsor for a women's cycling team, NOW and Novartis for MS, based in Santa Monica. On Friday, Alison Powers, a 33-year-old American riding for Keoghan's team, finished second in the Amgen Tour of California women's time trial in Bakersfield. Powers was behind only Kristin Armstrong, the defending Olympic gold medalist in the road racing event.
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February 4, 2012 |
Federal prosecutors announced Friday that they have closed a two-year inquiry without filing criminal charges in a case that sources said related to doping allegations involving seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and his cycling team. Although the grand jury investigation was confidential, details about various former teammates and associates who were subpoenaed to testify about alleged use of banned substances were widely reported in the media. Armstrong's team received sponsorship from the U.S. Postal Service.
January 25, 2012 |
Eighth in a series of occasional stories. As soon as Dotsie Bausch opens the door to the main building at the Irvine Animal Care Center, Mandy and Brandy, a pair of excitable miniature pinschers, begin leaping excitedly against the vertical steel bars at the front of their cage. "They are so wildly energetic," Bausch says of the adorable - and soon-to-be adopted - brown and black siblings. "These two really need a lot of exercise to drain them so they can be calm when people come to look at them.
August 27, 2011 |
Every family has its daily rituals. Loretta Butler's involves dragging a lawn chair onto the yellowed grass in the backyard of her Gardena home and watching daughter Patricia climb into a blue-gray plastic trash can filled with water and 28 pounds of ice. "For 15 minutes every day we just sit and talk about nothing," she says. "There's nothing that means more than that to me. " It's a good thing she values the visits because Butler, an unemployed waitress, has been paying as much as $600 a week for the privilege.