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Tour of California, Day 6: From Big Bear Through Angeles National Forest in the Shadow of the Station Fire and Doping Scandal
Stage Six of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California brought cyclists through the burn-scarred hills of the Angeles National Forest, offering riders an up-close look at what the Station Fire did to the hills north of Los Angeles.
This was the longest and most-challenging day of the race, described by Roadcycling as "the most difficult stage in the five-year history of the race, a mountainous 135.3-mile leg from Palmdale to Big Bear Lake with more than 12,000 ft. of climbing."
Peter Sagan (SVK) of Team Liquigas-Doimo emerged victorious in the grueling ride, and Australia's Michael Rogers remains the overall leader, but the day was tinged with the Floyd Landis doping scandal. Some even had a message for the cyclist, who was not invited to join the race, but whose presence was hanging over the crowd, notes ESPN:
It was right there in yellow chalk on the Blue Ridge climb in Friday's Stage 6, where [onetime Landis supporter Wes] Zuber and his friends wrote "$50 FRAUD LANDIS" across the pavement for the riders to see.
Today the race hits Los Angeles; the Tour of California concludes on Sunday.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.