CA Dreaming: O Cyclist Chris Horner Triumphs at Amgen Tour of California, Oakley Cyclists Tally Five Strong Stage Victories


Chris Horner just scored the biggest victory of his career.

Oakley’s cyclist bagged the overall victory at the Amgen Tour of California along the Golden State’s coast last week – finishing with an overall time of 23 hours 46 minutes 41 seconds. Fellow Oakley Rider Matthew Goss canned the Stage 8 victory after a sprint finish in the rolling countryside west of Los Angeles.

“I was nostalgic all day,” Horner said, rocking his custom Oakley Radar eyewear. “I’ve done so much training up here on these roads, maybe going back as far as 1991. I’ve really built my career training here. This southern California area has been my stomping grounds.”

Chris’ win had the veteran athlete reminiscing about his early days in cycling. All while looking ahead to the coming challenge at the Tour de France.

“It’s a difficult transition at this period between the Tour of California and the Tour (de France) to come in at 100 percent form,” he continued. "Levi (Leipheimer) and I will have to do everything perfectly between now and then to make that happen. It’s a very small window and it’s a time that if you do something wrong it will affect your form for sure at the Tour. Make no mistake, with RadioShack this team is 100 per cent dedicated to the rider who will perform at the Tour de France.”

Meanwhile, fellow O charger Goss soaked in his victory in the final stage.

“It’s nice to finish off the tour with a win,” Goss said, also rocking his own customized Oakley Radar eyewear.“The team worked really well and did a perfect leadout at the finish. Leigh (Howard) dropped me off at 180m to go and I had the easy part of just finishing it off. It’s good to be able to repay all the hard work that the guys put in with a win.”

Congrats to both Chris and Matt for the strong performances at the Amgen Tour of California!

We’d also like to recognize the other huge stage victories bagged by O cyclists:

Stage 2 – Ben Swift
Stage 3 – Greg Henderson
Stage 4 – Chris Horner
Stage 7 – Levi Leipheimer
Stage8 -Mathew Goss


Andrew De Lara


May 26, 2011

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