Category: Tour of California
Here we are on the fifth day of the Tour of California, and many riders are saying the race is over.
It's a compliment to American Floyd Landis and the strength of his Swiss Phonak team that a 29-second lead with four stages remaining is considered an insurmountable lead. …
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Cyclist Floyd Landis beat the next fastest finisher by nearly 26 seconds to win the Amgen Tour of California time trial in San Jose on Wednesday.
The US leader of the Swiss Phonak squad also gains the tour leader's golden jersey for his efforts. Discovery's George Hincapie, who achieved the leader's jersey Tuesday, finished the day in fourth, about a minute slower than Landis.
The 17-mile time trial course …
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Discovery's George Hincapie won the final sprint into San Jose, taking the stage and the overall leader's golden jersey in the Tour of California.
The long-time Lance Armstrong lieutenant stayed with a chase group that powered over the steepest mountain on the course — Sierra Road — then had enough energy left to beat two other former Armstrong aides de camp: Levi Leipheimer and Floyd Landis (Phonak).
At the finish, it was Hincapie beating Chris Horner and Josep Jufre Pou, both of Davitamon Lotto. Hincapie trailed Leipheimer by 6 seconds coming into this stage; the 10-second time bonus for winning the sprint put Hincapie in the overall lead..
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The Amgen Tour of California website is now offering a live video feed from the motorcycles. Just go to the main page and follow the links.
It's kind of choppy, but it is live. Just make sure you have your airsickness bag near by. …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2006/02/21/live-video-feed-at-tour-of-california-website/
Argentinian sprinter Juan José Haedo of the freshman Toyota-United Pro team won the first stage of the Tour of California in a sprint finish in Santa Rosa on Monday, as hometown boy Levi Leipheimer held onto the leader's golden jersey.
With Davitamon-Lotto, HealthNet, and Phonak controlling the front of the peloton for their sprinters, it's interesting to see a sprinter win it from another team. Actually, the win could certainly help the career of Haedo as directors from major Euro pro cycling teams witnessed this 25-year-old take a sprint from their teams. …
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The long drought is over. Cycling is back. And I'm glad that Paul Sherwen and Bob Roll got the nod to do the commentary for the Amgen Tour of California nightly telecasts on ESPN2. It was like hearing from old friends.
Roll sounded in midseason form with his fractured Tour 'Day' France pronounciations, and Sherwen had no trouble getting all hyped up …
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American cyclist Levi Leipheimer won the opening 1.9-mile San Francisco prologue on Sunday with a time of 4:53.43.
If anyone's a homeboy on this prologue, it's Leipheimer. Although he grew up in Montana, the Gerolsteiner cyclist now lives just up the road from San Francisco in the wine country town of Santa Rosa.
While he rides the passes in and out of Santa Rosa and mountain bikes with the locals, he also may have tried his hand on this prologue route that winds its way from the Embarcadero to Coit Tower. …
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Forty-five minutes into the prologue, I'd say there might be a few glitches in attempts to give “real-time” commentary on the Amgen Tour of California.
What's working best is the VeloNews live coverage. Just follow the link to the live page; you may not need to refresh to get updates.
Also, the “play-by-play” at the Tour of California website …
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The world's best cyclists are among the 128 riders taking to the streets in the prologue of the Tour of California on Sunday.
Although it's early in the racing season, most of the top Euro teams have sent representatives to the 8-stage race that begins in San Francisco, then sweeps north into wine country before heading down the Pacific Coast to LA.
Big names among the starters include:
2005 Tour de France top 10:
Levi Leipheimer (pictured above), Gerolsteiner …
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The long-awaited and much-anticipated Amgen Tour of California starts off in San Francisco at 10 a.m. Sunday for its 8-day race along more than 600 miles of California blacktop.
Although it's ranked as a top race on the international cycling circuit, don't expect to find it covered live on any network TV. There are ways to get live results on the web or cell phone, though, then catch it later on TV …
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