May 18, 2010 |
Reporting from Santa Rosa, Calif. -- Near the finish line of the second stage of the Amgen Tour of California on Monday, there was three-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer shivering under an umbrella near his RadioShack team bus, rain dripping off the bill of his baseball cap. David Zabriskie, last year's race runner-up, was looking similarly miserable at his Garmin-Transitions trailer. He described himself as "having the shivers." Conditions were messy again at the Santa Rosa finish of race — same as in 2009, except that the event was in February and winter weather had been expected.
May 23, 2010 |
George Hincapie had targeted Stage 8 of the Amgen Tour of California for a crowd-pleasing victory. Hincapie thought winning this final punishing, hilly, windy circuit would be a good way to leave California. Instead, the 37-year-old from Greenville, S.C., who wore red, white and blue because he is the reigning U.S. road racing champion, spoke with a crack in his voice after he was second across the finish line in Thousand Oaks. He wasn't emotional because he didn't win Sunday's stage.
July 6, 2005 |
With his head down and legs pumping, David Zabriskie sped through the curving streets of this town of 50,000 on the Loire River on Tuesday, seemingly on his way to retaining the yellow jersey and placing a bump in the path of his renowned American countryman, Lance Armstrong. But with the finish line less than a mile ahead, disaster struck: Zabriskie crashed at more than 30 mph. And although he managed to complete the race, the damage was done.
February 25, 2006 |
Nine-time Tour de France finisher George Hincapie won the fifth stage of the Tour of California on Friday, and Floyd Landis hung on to the race lead. Hincapie, of Greenville, S.C., again used his teammates' strong support to sprint to victory in the 105.3-mile stage from San Luis Obispo in 3 hours, 52 minutes, 2 seconds. He joined Juan Jose Haedo of Argentina as a double stage winner. Landis, of Murrieta, finished 18th but held on to his 29-second margin over David Zabriskie of Salt Lake City.
July 3, 2005 |
Lance Armstrong pedaled with such ferocity that his right foot slipped off the pedal before he'd barely pushed himself out of the starting gate. Armstrong muttered something, hunched his shoulders and slammed ahead, moving with a single purpose. To send a message. Aiming to win an unprecedented seventh consecutive Tour de France in this retirement race, Armstrong finished two seconds behind the unlikely stage winner, David Zabriskie, in Saturday's 11.8-mile first-stage time trial at the Tour.
February 24, 2006 |
Juan Jose Haedo of Argentina became the first double stage winner when he sprinted to a close win Thursday in the longest stage of the Tour of California. Haedo, 25, who rides for the new American team Toyota United, completed the 130.4-mile fourth stage from Monterey to San Luis Obispo in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 2 seconds.