I guess I never knew that Gesink was so much the fan of California, choosing to train and vacation here. And the fact that he rides for Rabobank, who have been busy making financial inroads here in the state, makes his stage and overall victories during the recent Amgen Tour of California seem almost as if the home team took the wins.
Keeping himself close in the early goings, beginning his move to the top during the time trial, and then capping it all with an emphatic win at Mt. Baldy for a big win and prestigious addition to his palmares.
I have always been intrigued by Gesink, especially when he is climbing. He seems like such an unlikely climber, not the fluid pedal dancer image we typically attach to cyclings mountain goats. Bobbing and rocking, he never-the-less propels himself upward with power and determination, enough to always be considered a threat when the road turns upward. Due to injury and personal loss, he has had a couple off years, but certainly appears to be back at full strength now. It was a well deserved win for Robert Gesink, and the Rabobank Team.
Relive it now: