The Tour of California originally took place early in the season to avoid conflicts with bigger races in order to draw top cycling talent to the States. As the race grew in popularity the promoters took the plunge and went head-to-head with the Giro d' Italia. Much like a lucha libre matchup, these two heavy weight bike races contend for top talent every year in the month of May.
This past week saw the pros giving it their all in the state of California, battling for victory from San Diego to Santa Rosa. The penultimate stage of the race took place on Saturday with Santa Rosa hosting the race start and finish. The riders encountered 8,600 feet of climbing over 6 classified climbs as they road west to the California coast and then back inland to complete several finishing circuits through the streets of Santa Rosa.
Sometimes crazy things happen in bicycle races (just like they do in a Lucha Libre wrestling match). This past Saturday provided a great example of the unexpected. Even with the substantial number of climbs, a sprinter hung on to take the stage victory! Kudos to the Norwegian, Alexander Kristov, for hanging on through the hills to hold his position and then set himself up for the sprint glory.
This week's Lucha Vino matchup honor's Alexander's tenacity with a matchup of Washington Cabernet vs. the Alexander Valley.
Eight Bells 2011 David's Block Cabernet Sauvignon v. Simi 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon