As he has done 25 times at the Tour de France, APG ambassador pro cyclist Mark Cavendish (Cav) won the first and final stages of the AMGEN Tour of California. In the first stage, in Sacramento, he narrowly edged out Germany’s John Degenkolb, coming from behind in the final meters with a spectacular tire-rim win - the closest finish in nine years. In the final stage in Thousand Oaks, he sprinted to a narrow victory with a drag race to the finish line, taking the prize by a whisker, edging out Degenkolb once again.
APG witnessed Cav’s victories first-hand, and couldn’t have been prouder of him. All during the race, APG took every opportunity to raise awareness of the powerful benefits of American pistachios for active lifestyles. At each stage of race, the Pistachiomoible and the Pistachiomobile Ambassador Miss California 2012 Leah Tibbits, along with Global Marketing Director Judy Hirigoyen, rooted for the cyclists, and handed out APG sample packs. To add to the excitement, race attendees were invited to enter a raffle to win a 100-day supply of American pistachios.
The AMGEN Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. One hundred twenty-eight of the world’s most elite cyclists, ten world champions, six reigning national champions, six Tour de France stage winners and the 2012 Tour de France champion competed this year. Held from May 11-18, the race is the nation’s largest cycling stage race with eight stages. The course extends from northern (Sacramento) to southern California (Thousand Oaks).