Tour of California
May 16, 2010 by Post Team
Tour of California: After all the pomp before the race and circumstance, the fifth edition of the Amgen Tour of California rolls off the gold-mining town of Nevada City at 11:45 am on Sunday morning, which ended in Sacramento approximately four hours later.
For the first time in the history of the race, there will be no prologue to determine that the carrier of the first golden jersey of the race. Instead that honor will be decided on a stage designed for sprinters.
Race fans will recognize the city will start as the site of Nevada City Bicycle Classic, a race of 50 years of age, one day in June. That race alone has seen several big names above his winner’s podium, including Greg LeMond, who won the race in 1979 at age 18 and followed with two consecutive victories. More recently, Lance Armstrong used the 1.1 miles, seven criteria in turn as his last Tour de France preparation, resulting in the only road victory of 2009 in front of some 20,000 fans.
That many or more visitors are expected at kickoff of the Amgen Tour of Sunday morning before the squad travels mostly a decrease in course of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the valley of the pan-flat , where the capital lies the Golden State.
Of course, the profile and the freshness of the 16 teams, 127-pack rider, a field sprint is expected. And as is the case, in any case the beginning, all eyes will be on HTC-Columbia Mark Cavendish to assert its dominance. The intention of stopping “The Manxsta” include Quick Step Tom Boonen, Saxo Bank’s JJ Haedo, of Liquigas Theo Bos and Francesco Chicchi Cervelo sprint specialist.
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GC unambitious teams sprinter or total – and almost all the national team – will break the day, both to gain exposure to endear themselves and race organizers.
Before this year’s Amgen Tour of California, VeloNews sat down with five riders contesting the race this year for a step by step breakdown. Pilots – Levi Leipheimer, Dave Zabriskie, Ben Day, Mike Friedman and Rory Sutherland – form an expert group will address VeloNews.com all week for theanlysis of insider trading.
This is what they had to say:
Levi Leipheimer (USA), RadioShack
The first stage of any race is nervous, and the Amgen Tour of California is no different. It’s the biggest race in America, and all national teams is the biggest race of the year. It is also important for teams like us, with Radio Shack (as a sponsor.) We come with our best equipment, and we must be prepared to win. You have to feel nervous, anxious that you can feel in the race as soon as you start. Does that mean it’s crazy fast? Probably not. In fact, it is probably quite conservative, because everybody wants to have their cards close to his chest. Considering the first stage is most likely going to be a sprint on the ground, it makes little sense to go into the breakaway unless a national team wants to show their colors on the front. For someone like myself and my team, we just need to get out of it safely, and be done with it.
Dave Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions
A relaxed David Zabriskie makes another round of interviews.
It will probably be a sprint. I’m sure there will be plenty of breakaway attempts. Most likely, a team of sprinters, will take over the race, that is most likely how it will play out. It is very important for teams to be on the breaks. Last year in Missouri seemed that some of the teams left attitude. Just figure that no matter what, even if we get into flight, only pull us back. That’s the name of the game, but there you are exposed, and you never know, might work. It worked for me a couple of times. I hope to be aggressive. I think it will be aggressive.
Rory Sutherland (Australia), UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis
We are reaching a new city, but we ended up in Sacramento earlier. A lot of times it has been dipped in Sacramento for the final, but it is definitely one for the sprinters. It starts a bit rough to begin with, but flattens to the finish. At this time of year might be a bit of wind. Still could rain, but hopefully not as bad of temperatures last year. It is always difficult, the first stage, to really get the exposure that national teams are looking for. In general as you continue on through the tour, more likely to arise later in the race. It seems that you can get a break on the road, and get a couple of the guys there and internally start the tour on the right. That’s what our team is trying to do, to start the tour on the right foot.
Mike Friedman (USA) Jelly Belly
Stage 1 is pretty simple, no GC TT this year is not set, it will be a mad dash to the line. A break can go, you can join but the odds are it will be a final sprint. It is one of the few stages where I think it will be a final sprint. It will be fast and furious. Everyone is excited and fresh. I think he’ll be a crazy day. It will be a mad dash for the intermediate sprint lines.
Ben Day (Australia), Fly V Australia
This is by far, on paper, the best day for the sprinters. With the start in the city of Nevada and the final 3000 meters of sea level, near Sacramento, the cover 167 km could be run at record speeds. The national guys are going to be super motivated and the sprinters teams will be whether they want to enter an early victory. I think it will begin super aggressive with a high motivation among the drivers, but do not expect a break to stay away until the end. A stage win in Tour of California is a prestigious victory, and stage one will be a hectic bunch sprint.
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