David Zabriskie motions for the crowd to quiet down prior to his time trial… (Spencer Weiner / Associated…)
Friday's stage: It was time-trial day, a 15-mile circuit in Solvang. For the first time in race history there was also a women's time trial.
Winners: Dave Zabriskie broke a course record held by fellow American Levi Leipheimer, who finished second. The women's winner was Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong.
Leader's jersey: Chris Horner of Team RadioShack lost 36 seconds from his overall lead but managed to hang on to first place with two stages left.
Quote of the day: Looking ahead to Saturday's mountaintop finish at Mt. Baldy, Zabriskie said, "[Saturday is] just going to be carnage. I haven't seen too many stages of that kind as a professional. The strongest man is going to win."
STAGE 6 RESULTS
1. Dave Zabriskie, Los Angeles, 30.36
2. Levi Leipheimer, Santa Rosa, 14 seconds behind
3. Tejay Van Garderen, Tacoma, Wash., 40 seconds behind
4. Peter Velits, Slovakia, 48 seconds behind
5. Maarten Tjallingii, Netherlands, 49 seconds behind
OVERALL STANDINGS (including time bonuses)
1. Chris Horner, Bend., Ore., 17:17.02
2. Levi Leipheimer, Santa Rosa, 0.00:38 behind
3. Rory Sutherland, Australia, 0.01:38 behind
4. Christian Vande Velde, Lemont, Ill., 0.01:39 behind
5. Tom Danielson, Boulder, Colo., 0.01:44 behind
WOMEN'S TIME TRIAL RESULTS
1. Kristin Armstrong, Boise, Idaho, 34.29.59
2. Amber Neben, Irvine, 12.79 seconds behind
3. Charlotte Becker, Sweden, 37.75 behind
4. Evelyn Stevens, New York, 38.49 behind
5. Emma Pooley, Great Britain, 47.95 behind
It's time to climb a mountain. Riders will head 75.8 miles from Claremont to Mt. Baldy where the finish line is 6,444 feet high. This will be the first true mountaintop finish in the six-year history of the race. Expect the overall leader after this climb to be the overall winner Sunday evening.