Tour of California winner Julian Alaphilippe, center, second-place finisher Rohan Dennis, left, and third-placer finisher Brent Bookwalter celebrate with champagne on the podium following the completion of the eight-day bicycle race on Sunday, May 22, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif.
Tour of California winner Julian Alaphilippe, center, second-place finisher Rohan Dennis, left, and third-placer finisher Brent Bookwalter celebrate with champagne on the podium following the completion of the eight-day bicycle race on Sunday, May 22, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. rpench@sacbee.com Randy Pench
Tour of California winner Julian Alaphilippe, center, second-place finisher Rohan Dennis, left, and third-placer finisher Brent Bookwalter celebrate with champagne on the podium following the completion of the eight-day bicycle race on Sunday, May 22, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. rpench@sacbee.com Randy Pench
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May 22, 2016 06:52 PM

UPDATED May 23, 2016 01:01 AM

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Andy Furillo has been a reporter with The Sacramento Bee since 1991. He covered mostly crime and punishment until April 2015, when he began writing a sports column. He believes art inspires in many forms: a Jerry Garcia guitar solo, Van Gogh's "Starry Night," and Madison Bumgarner's five innings of masterpiece relief in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Sport is art, and sport is fun, and it is filled with interesting people. Furillo hopes to bring out the best of it all. Contact Andy Furillo at afurillo@sacbee.com or 916-321-1141. Twitter: @andyfurillo