Tour de France may be a month and a half away just yet, but its never too early to start thinking about the greatest cycling event on the planet. Especially as the AMGEN Tour of California is going on right now, with some of the best cyclists in the world tuning up for the big events that lie ahead.
Amongst them is the brash young sprinter Peter Sagan, who has captured a big international following over the past few years thanks to his incredible bursts of speed, well-rounded cycling skill set, and often over-the-top antics on the bike. That unique combination has already won him back-to-back Green Jerseys at Le Tour, and he'll be looking to earn a third sprinter's title on the roads in France in July.
Last week, in preparation for the cycling season ahead, Sugoi launched a signature Peter Sagan jersey that fans are sure to love. Riding with the "Green Machine" of Team Cannondale, Sagan has earned himself the nicknames the "Tourminator," which is well represented on the jersey. It not only sports the team's traditional colors, but gives us a glimpse of the Tourminator character that is often displayed on Sagan's bike when he is competing. The new jersey is on sale at the Tour of California right now, and should be appearing in stores across North America in June with a $100 price tag.
Right now, the Tour of California is led by Bradley Wiggins, who is rounding back into form quite nicely after an injury kept him out of the Tour de France last year. The sprinters are led by William Routely, of Optum Pro Cycling. Sagan's arch-rival Mark Cavendish lurks in second place with the same point total. Sagan is 9 points off the lead in 8th place at the moment, but with plenty of points to still be earned out on the course.
While I enjoy following the Tour of California, it just reminds me of what is to come. The Tour de France is one of my favorite events each year, and I'm looking forward to its return soon.