Big Bear Lake, CA, May 18, 2012 – Frenchman Sylvain Georges of AG2R La Mondiale won the climb to Big Bear of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California. Exhausted and completely rung out he crossed the finish line with the main field of riders closing in. Thousands of spectators watched cheered and rang their cow bells as Sylvian dug deep up Summit Boulevard to the finish arena. The Frenchman Sylvain nearly collapsed then sat on the pavement as his team mates and fellow riders came to congratulate him on his emotional and grueling stage win.
Stage Winner Sylvain Georges went on to say that this was the biggest win in his career. He felt strong early on in the stage and knew he had the legs to finish. Near the end he knew it was all or nothing so he gave it his all and came out victorious.
The 22 year old Slovakian Peter Sagan who won the 2010 Climb to Big Bear was still a crowd pleaser as after the race his fans swamped him for photos and autographs.
The tour moves on to Ontario for the Mount Baldy climb on Saturday then Beverly hills to down town Los Angeles on Sunday.