Another nasty day of cold rain punished the peloton as they rode from Santa Clarita to Pasadena in Stage 7 today in the 2008 Amgen Tour of California. In the end, a five man breakaway battled it out in the final kilometer, with George Hincapie winning Team High Road's first stage win in this final stage. Rory Sutherland (Health Net), Jason Mccartney (CSC), Michael Creed (Rock Racing) and Tom Zirbel (Bissell) all followed Hincapie across the finish line, with Cavendish leading the field across about 10 seconds later.
Astana demonstrated incredibly tight teamwork to protect their team captain and helping him win the Yellow Jersey for this year's tour.
The 2008 Tour is one for the history books, with a virus, rain and cold plaguing the riders and staff for the entire week. I hope you had a chance to watch online via the Tour Tracker or to catch the highlights on Versus TV. You can find links to archived video for all of the stages at Steephill.TV. Click through to The FredCast for podcasts highlighting each stage of the tour and interviews. For Tour of California photography, visit KWC's Spare Cycles 2008 Tour of California gallery.
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...props to levi & his boys...they were tighter than james brown & his band, on a good night...
...props also to the johnny v & the slipstreams, georgie & the high roads, mario & the rockers, fabian's csc orchestra, tommy b w/ paolo & the quicksteppers, robbie gesink & his rabobankers, the saunier du-vals...all those american & euro rockers... ...everybody played good hard animated music but levi & the 'stanas laid down what it takes to win this years "battle of the bands"... ...special shout out to scottie nydam of the bmc's who could a' played flat all week, but rolled out some beautiful solos...