BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 20: Robert Gesink (wearing the yellow jersey) of the Netherlands riding for Rabobank Cycling Team looks on prior to the start of stage eight of the Amgen Tour of California from Beverly Hills to Los Angeles on May 20, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

2012 Tour of California: Robert Gesink Wins; Garmin-Barracuda Takes 2nd And 3rd Place

Garmin-Barracuda didn't have rider win the race, but David Zabriskie and Tom Danielson finished in second and third place, respectively.

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2012 Tour of California: Peter Sagan Wins Stage 8; Robert Gesink Victorious In Yellow Jersey

Liquigas' Peter Sagan (1:27:36) picked up his fifth stage victory on the eighth and final stage of the 2012 Tour of California, but Robert Gesink kept the yellow jersey to win the general classification. He moved into the lead on Saturday after a climb to Mt. Baldy.

Garmin-Barracuda's Nathan Haas led the race during the final lap, but the peloton caught him early on. As it continued to make its way to the finish line, the peloton saw Sagan make his move in the final few meters of the race and edged out Tom Boonen for the victory.

Here is how the top five of the general classification shook out:

1. Robert Gesink, Rabobank
2. David Zabriskie, Garmin-Barracuda, +0:46
3. Tom Danielson, Garmin-Barracuda, +0:54
4. Tejay Van Garderen, BMC, +1:17
5. Fabio Andres Duarte, Colombia Coldeportes, +1:36

Stick with this Tour of California StoryStream, cycling blog Podium Cafe and the Tour of California's official site for more race coverage as it happens.

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Tour of California, Stage 8 2012: Robert Gesink In Position To Win Race On Sunday

The 2012 Tour of California comes to an end on Sunday with a ride from Beverly Hills to downtown Los Angeles in what should be a publicity run for the tour. Barring some rather odd events taking place on the road, Robert Gesink will wear the yellow jersey at the end of the day after taking it on the trek to Mt. Baldy on Saturday.

As Gesink and the rest of the cyclists make the final ride (map), the course will visit Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard before entering Hollywood. After visiting the sites in Hollywood, the riders will go past Dodger Stadium before heading into the final five miles that lap around downtown L.A. The finish line comes right by the Staples Center and L.A. Live.

Should the standings hold up and Gesink take the yellow jersey, Garmin-Barracuda's David Zabriskie (+0:45) and Tom Danielson (+0:54) should finish in second- and third-place.

Start time: 11:10 a.m. MT
Expected finish: 12:50 p.m. MT
TV: NBC Sports, 11:00 a.m. MT (live)

Stick with this Tour of California StoryStream, cycling blog Podium Cafe and the Tour of California's official site for more race coverage as it happens.

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Tour of California 2012, Stage 1: Tom Danielson Begins Chase For Victory In Santa Rosa

It's time for the 2012 AMGEN Tour of California to start and Garmin-Barracuda's Tom Danielson is out to improve upon his third-place finish in 2011. He and the rest of the field kick things off on Sunday afternoon with a route through Santa Rosa and then out and about in Sonoma County that lasts for 115.9 miles.

After two loops around the city, the cyclists head out to the mountains and then eventually will see the coast line. But this won't just be a scenic route to start the race. This stage will feature a couple of sprint sections as well as four King of the Mountain sections (Cazadero Highway, Ft. Ross Road (twice) and Coleman Valley Road). Ft. Ross Road presents the toughest challenge of the day, reaching a peak elevation of over 1,600 feet (PDF map of elevations).

Check out a full map of this course here.

Stage 1 of the race begins at 11:50 a.m. MT and will close out approximately at 4:49 p.m. MT. NBC Sports Network will have live coverage of the event at 3:00 p.m. MT.

Stick with this Tour of California StoryStream, cycling blog Podium Cafe and the Tour of California's official site for more.

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