Tour of California races through the Conejo Valley

Cheers, whistles, flags and cowbells greeted riders as they circled through Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village at high speeds on Sunday during the last stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Photos by Richard Gillard and Michael Coons. To read our full story click here.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers FINISH LINE- Mark Cavendish of Great Britain on the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team throws his arms up as he crosses the finish line first during stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

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FINISH LINE- Mark Cavendish of Great Britain on the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team throws his arms up as he crosses the finish line first during stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The peloton rides up the hill near the Rock Store on Mulholland Highway during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

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The peloton rides up the hill near the Rock Store on Mulholland Highway during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The peloton rides up the hill near the Rock Store on Mulholland Highway during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

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The peloton rides up the hill near the Rock Store on Mulholland Highway during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Cycling fans write messages on the road between laps during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

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Cycling fans write messages on the road between laps during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The peloton rides up the hill near the Rock Store on Mulholland Highway during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

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The peloton rides up the hill near the Rock Store on Mulholland Highway during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Cycling fans wore a variety of costumes during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

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Cycling fans wore a variety of costumes during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Cyclists prepare to turn onto Westlake Boulevard during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

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Cyclists prepare to turn onto Westlake Boulevard during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Thousands of cycling fans gather to watch the awards ceremony following the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

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Thousands of cycling fans gather to watch the awards ceremony following the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers CONGRATS- Actor Patrick Dempsey congratulates stage 8 winner Mark Cavendish of Great Britain on the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team during the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

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CONGRATS- Actor Patrick Dempsey congratulates stage 8 winner Mark Cavendish of Great Britain on the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team during the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers CONGRATS- Mark Cavendish of Great Britain on the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team gets his kisses after winning stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

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CONGRATS- Mark Cavendish of Great Britain on the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team gets his kisses after winning stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers CHAMPAGNE- Overall winners second place Rohan Dennis of Australia on Team Garmin-Sharp and third place Lawson Craddock of United State on Team Giant-Shimano  spray first place winner Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain on Team Sky after completing stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

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CHAMPAGNE- Overall winners second place Rohan Dennis of Australia on Team Garmin-Sharp and third place Lawson Craddock of United State on Team Giant-Shimano spray first place winner Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain on Team Sky after completing stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers MAY I HAVE YOUR AUTOGRAPH – Carol Ealy of Ventura gets Ted King of Cannondale Pro Cycling autograph before the start of stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

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MAY I HAVE YOUR AUTOGRAPH – Carol Ealy of Ventura gets Ted King of Cannondale Pro Cycling autograph before the start of stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers RELAXED BEFORE THE RACE – Lawson Craddock wearing the Crunchies Best Young Rider jersey and Ben King wearing the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Jersey talk as they line up for the start of stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

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RELAXED BEFORE THE RACE – Lawson Craddock wearing the Crunchies Best Young Rider jersey and Ben King wearing the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Jersey talk as they line up for the start of stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers LITTLE CHAT AT THE START OF THE RACE – Stage 8 winner Mark Cavendish of Great Britain on the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team and overall winner Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain on Team Sky talk as they start the stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

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LITTLE CHAT AT THE START OF THE RACE – Stage 8 winner Mark Cavendish of Great Britain on the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team and overall winner Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain on Team Sky talk as they start the stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers GO – Fans cheer as rider’s fly-by during stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, May 18.

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GO – Fans cheer as rider’s fly-by during stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, May 18.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers GO – Fans cheer as rider’s fly-by during stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, May 18.

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GO – Fans cheer as rider’s fly-by during stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, May 18.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers GO – Riders zoom past spectators as they start the inside loop during stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, May 18.

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GO – Riders zoom past spectators as they start the inside loop during stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, May 18.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers LET ME GET A SELFIE – Sergio Montiel of Westlake Village takes a picture with overall third place winner Lawson Craddock of the United States on Team Giant-Shimanio after stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, May 18.

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LET ME GET A SELFIE – Sergio Montiel of Westlake Village takes a picture with overall third place winner Lawson Craddock of the United States on Team Giant-Shimanio after stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, May 18.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers STAGE 8 WINNERS – The stage 8 winners of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, May 18: First place Mark Cavendish on the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team, on the left second place winner John Degenkolb on Team Giant-Shimano, and on the right third place winner Peter Sagan on the Cannondale Pro Cycling team.

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STAGE 8 WINNERS – The stage 8 winners of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, May 18: First place Mark Cavendish on the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team, on the left second place winner John Degenkolb on Team Giant-Shimano, and on the right third place winner Peter Sagan on the Cannondale Pro Cycling team.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers OVERALL WINNERS – The overall winners of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, May 18: First place Sir Bradley Wiggins on Team Sky, on the left second place winner Rohan Dennis Team Garmin-Sharp, and on the right third place winner Lawson Craddock on Team Giant-Shimano.

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OVERALL WINNERS – The overall winners of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, May 18: First place Sir Bradley Wiggins on Team Sky, on the left second place winner Rohan Dennis Team Garmin-Sharp, and on the right third place winner Lawson Craddock on Team Giant-Shimano.

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MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The peloton rides up the hill near the Rock Store on Mulholland Highway during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

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The peloton rides up the hill near the Rock Store on Mulholland Highway during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Cyclists prepare to turn onto Westlake Boulevard during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

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Cyclists prepare to turn onto Westlake Boulevard during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

 

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