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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

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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.
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Today the race hits Los Angeles; the Tour of California concludes on Sunday.