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This shows how close the finish of Stage3 in the ToC was.
Too bad Versus had to switch to a pre-game hockey show….
just 2K before the finish….

Saxo Bank’s J.J. Haedo challenged him in the final few meters, but Mark Cavendish closed the deal for HTC-Columbia on the first stage of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California.

After a massive show of power by HTC-Columbia, which rode the front almost from the day’s start, Cav’ jumped from behind his trusty leadout man Mark Renshaw and immediately opened a huge gap over everyone but Haedo, who clung to his wheel. In the last 50 meters, Haedo began moving up around Cav, but the line was coming up quicker.

Cavendish wasn’t fazed…..

The Tour of California will be on VERSUS!
May 16th – May 23rd
Check local listings for times.

Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy lunged ahead of New Zealand’s Hayden Roulston at the finish line to win Stage 7 of the Tour of California on Saturday. American Levi Leipheimer of Astana retained his overall lead after the 88.9-mile leg from Santa Clarita to Pasadena’s historic Rose Bowl stadium.
Sunday 02-22-09 STAGE 8 Rancho Bernardo – Escondito 97 Miles On Versus: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM (all times local) Live streaming video click: AmgenTourOfCalifornia

Leipheimer wins time trial

Astana’s Levi Leipheimer won the individual time trial at the Tour of California, adding to his overall lead in the bicyle race. Leipheimer crossed the finish line for the 15-mile course in 30 minutes, 40 seconds and waved three fingers on his right hand to signal his third straight time-trial victory in Solvang, Calif.

Teammate Lance Armstrong finished 14th in the time trial and dropped from fourth to sixth in the overall standings

Saturday 02/21/2009
Stage 8 Santa Clarita-Pasadena 89 Miles
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
10:00 PM- 11:00 PM

Live Streaming Video click: AmgenTourOfCalifornia

Lance tweaked his TT machine with a new line….

Podium Boys and Girls….. MARK CAVENDISH WINNER STAGE 5
While cycling is a team sport, the time trial is an individual race against the clock. Stage races are won and lost in the time trial, thus Stage 6 will be a crucial test for the true contenders for overall victory at the Amgen Tour of California. The drama shall once again take place in Solvang, the idyllic Danish enclave that hosts training camps for ProTour teams and some of the largest cycling events in the U.S. The fast and primarily flat course that includes the short, steep Ballard Canyon climb showcases the beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley as it unfolds through quaint towns, vineyards and farms. With the start and finish located only one block apart, it’s an ideal stage for spectators to watch the best cyclists in the world rise to the challenge.

Friday 2/20/2009
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Live steaming video click: AmgenTourofCalifornia

Finally the golden California sunshine smiled upon the 2009 Amgen Tour of California as Stage 4 rolled off from Merced in front of an enormous crowd under dazzling blue skies on a 115.8-mile route that went into the snow-capped Sierra Mountains on the way to Clovis where an equally robust throng of spectators were treated to a thrilling high-speed sprint finish. Before that, a three-man escape consisting of Serge Pauwels (Cervelo Test Team), Tyler Hamilton (Rock Racing) and Jason McCartney (Saxo Bank) spent most of the day in a break that covered five California Travel & Tourism climbs and two Herbalife Sprints. But the teams of the sprinters were not to be denied. Team Columbia-Highroad launched speedy British sprinter Mark Cavendish who managed to barely eclipse arch rival Tom Boonen (Quick Step) in a photo finish to win the stage. Overall race leader Levi Leipheimer (Astana) finished safely in the bunch and the top of the General Classification is unchanged.

THURSDAY 02/19/2009
Stage 5:
Visalia to Paso Robles 130 miles
On Versus:
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Live steaming video click: AmgenTourofCalifornia