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Whoosh: Amgen Tour Zooms Through Clovis
Whoosh: Amgen Tour Zooms Through Clovis

More than 100 of the world's best cyclists sprinted to the finish line in downtown Clovis, wrapping up Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California.

Tens of thousands of people were in town for the event.

It was no easy feat for the cyclists to get to the finish line - they rode 130 miles for more than 5 hours straight.

The riders started in Sonora, took on steep climbs in the mountains through Mariposa and Oakhurst, then sprinted through the final stretch into Clovis.

The course turned out to be much harder than many of them expected.

"I think the most difficult part was definitely the heat. When we came down from the mountains it got really dry and really warm, almost 10 degrees different, that was the hardest part for me," said Heinrich Haussler, who came in second in the race.

"When the director said it was 5 or 6 climbs then flat to the finish, it definitely wasn't that. It was hot all day, and even after the climb to the finish, it was really dead road, a lot of holes in the road and stuff, so it made it really hard on the body," said Michael Matthews, who placed third in the race.

Fans and curious spectators greeted the cyclists in downtown Clovis.

"Very excited. Hoping to see a good race, hoping to see a good finish," said Evan Ghimenti who came with his family after he got off from school.

Peter Sagan of Slovakia pulled ahead of the pack in the last minute to win Stage 4.

In addition to the yellow jersey, Clovis gave him his very own cowboy hat.

"It's good, it's cool," said Sagan of his new souvenir.

Waiting in the 90-plus degree heat wasn't exactly cool, but it was worth it for those who came to see the cyclists in person as they flew by.

"I would say watching the first group come flying by just inches from us. I mean this big breeze," said Shaylyn Robison, who also volunteered at the event,

The tour continues in Bakersfield Thursday for Stage 5.

The 8-day race finishes Sunday in downtown Los Angeles.

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