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February 21/08 11:22 am - Tour of California: Stage 4 photos, report and results


Posted by Editoress on 02/21/08
 

Tour of California

Photos

Dominique Rollin (Toyota United) won today on what is arguably the hardest day of racing in the history of the Amgen Tour of California, with a solo breakaway for the final 20 kilometres after staying off the front in an initial break group for over 200 kilometres. Rollin also took over the Points Jersey and won the Most Aggressive Rider award for his epic ride. Yellow jersey holder Levi Leipheimer stayed safely tucked in the peloton while his Astana team rode tempo into a steady headwind and torrential rain.

The Seaside to San Luis Obispo stage is the longest of the Tour, at 218 kilometres. While there are three categorized climbs on the stage, none are of the calibre faced yesterday, and the stage usually comes down to a sprint finish. The stage provides some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable, as it heads south along the Pacific Coast Highway, through Big Sur.

However, this year the weather played a key factor, with constant rain - at times coming down in sheets - and a headwind the whole way down the coast. The unrelenting wind was gusting up to 60 kilometres an hour, driving the rain sideways and chilling the riders to the bone.

The break formed almost immediately after the neutral start section ended, with riders coming across in twos and threes to form a group of 11. In that initial group was Bauke Mollema (Rabobank), Bryce Mead (Jelly Belly), Danilo Wyss (BMC), Jackson Stewart (BMC), Rollin, Edward King (Bissell), George Hincapie (High Road), Iker Camano Ortuzar (Saunier Duval-Scott), Jonathan Hivert (Credit Agricole), Julien Belgy (Bouygues Telecom) and Roman Kilun (Health Net - Maxxis).

Camano was the highest placed, 4:47 behind Leipheimer, followed by Hincapie at 7:27. So Astana never allowed the group to get more than three and a half minutes ahead, just rolling along at the front, buffeted by the wind while everyone else tucked in behind and tried to stay as warm as possible.

In the front group everyone was working together steadily, keeping a consistent pace as they ticked off the miles. Rollin took top spot in both intermediate sprints, while Stewart won all three KoMs and took a commanding lead on the road for the Climbers Jersey. However, the BMC rider succumbed to hypothermia approximately 160 kilometres into the stage and withdrew from the race, allowing his team mate Scott Nydam to keep control of the jersey.

Other riders besides Stewart began to fall off the pace, and the peloton started to creep closer, especially when CSC decided to take a turn at the front to maybe set up their sprinter JJ Haedo. But this is when Rollin decided to test the group.

"Everyone was exhausted so I just decided to attack. As soon as I saw that no one was responding I had it all good and I kept going. Guys from my team were giving me time splits and I knew I was gaining. At the end I started losing a little bit, but I had enough gap to hold on and get the stage."

The gap opened quickly as the chase group fell apart, with only Hincapie and Camano taking up the chase. Rollin tucked into a time trial position and began counting down the kilometres. It was an impressive display of power as he literally rode away from both Hincapie and Camano, as the pair swapped off pulls. Rollin's lead over the pair reached as high as 50 seconds before they finally started to pull him back, eventually finishing 18 seconds behind, with the peloton coming in 2:28 in arrears.

Rollin was immediately grabbed by his team personnel when he collapsed after the line, as the enormous seven hour effort caught up with him. On the podium, he was literally bouncing with joy, as the crowd roared their appreciation of his magnificent effort.

"I think after this epic day, it is my strongest and best day on the bike."

Race Notes

- Tomorrow is the 24 kilometre time trial which is likely to determine the final standings at the top of the standings. It is still fairly tight among the top time triallers, with Leipheimer holding 13 seconds over world champion Fabian Cancellara (CSC), 20 seconds over David Millar (Slipstream) and 21 seconds over David Zabriskie (Slipstream).

- 15 riders abandoned today, with Gerolsteiner decimated. The German squad lost five riders, with three not starting due to the stomach virus making the rounds. Points leader Heinrich Haussler was one of those not starting.

Stage 4: Seaside to San Luis Obispo, 217 km
1. Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team6:56:08
2. George Hincapie (USA) High Roadat 0:18
3. Iker Camano Ortuzar (Esp) Saunier Duval-Scotts.t.
4. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) High Road2:28
5. Mark Cavendish (GBr) High Road
6. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team CSC
7. Freddie Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing
8. Alexander Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast
9. Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
10. Mario Cipollini (Ita) Rock Racing
11. Timothy Johnson (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
12. John Murphy (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
13. Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval-Scott
14. Alexandre Moos (Sui) BMC Racing Team
15. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Rock Racing
16. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
17. Julien Simon (Fra) Credit Agricole
18. Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) High Road
19. Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Esp) Rabobank
20. Jeff Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team
21. Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Rock Racing
22. Oscar Freire Gomez (Esp) Rabobank
23. David Millar (GBr) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H30.
24. Christopher Horner (USA) Astana
25. Jurgen Vandewalle (Bel) Quick Step
26. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step
27. Oliver Zaugg (Sui) Gerolsteiner
28. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank
29. Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner
30. Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
31. Sergey Ivanov (Rus) Astana
32. Christian Vandevelde (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H30.
33. Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team CSC
34. Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
35. Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Team CSC
36. Stuart O‚Grady (Aus) Team CSC
37. Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC
38. Thomas Peterson (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H30.
39. Benjamin Day (Aus) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team
40. Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole
41. Hendricus Vogels (Aus) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team
42. David Canada Gracia (Esp) Saunier Duval-Scott
43. Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
44. Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC
45. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step
46. Rubens Bertogliati (Sui) Saunier Duval-Scott
47. David Zabriskie (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H30.
48. Jason McCartney (USA) Team CSCall s.t.
49. Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank5:05
50. Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
51. Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank
52. Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole
53. Garrett Peltonen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
54. Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole
55. Kim Kirchen (Lux) High Road
56. Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Teamall s.t.
57. Aaron Olson (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling6:32
58. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
59. Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Astana
60. Rory Sutherland (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis
61. Pipp K. Frank (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
62. Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast
63. Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step
64. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Astana
65. Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
66. Nicholas Sanderson (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
67. Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana
68. Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team
69. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
70. Andrea Tonti (Ita) Quick Step
71. Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval-Scott
72. Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team
73. Steven Cozza (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H30.
74. Nicholas Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
75. Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
76. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) High Road
77. Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
78. Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast
79. Nicholas Waite (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast
80. Markus Zberg (Sui) Gerolsteiner
81. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana
82. José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Esp) Astana
83. Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team
84. Michael Lange (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
85. Philip Zajicek (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis
86. Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
87. Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
88. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
89. Michael Creed (USA) Rock Racing
90. Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
91. Angel Gomez Gomez (Esp) Saunier Duval-Scott
92. Caleb Manion (Aus) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team
93. Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Scott
94. Danny Pate (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H30all s.t.
95. Scott Tietzel (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team11:41
96. Scott Nydam (USA) BMC Racing Team
97. Aaron Barry Tuckerman (NZl) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
98. Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast
99. Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
100. Bryce Mead (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team
101. Edward King (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
102. Richard England (Aus) Bissell Pro Cycling
103. Jonathan Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifastall s.t.
104. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank11:59
105. Roman Kilun (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis14:51
DNF Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Karl Menzies (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis
DNF Jonathan Clarke (Aus) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team
GC
1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana20:44:06
2. Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Team CSCat 0:13
3. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:15
4. David Millar (GBr) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H300:20
5. Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team CSC0:21
6. David Zabriskie (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H30s.t.
7. Christian Vandevelde (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H300:23
8. Christopher Horner (USA) Astana0:25
9. Alexandre Moos (Sui) BMC Racing Team0:29
10. Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Rock Racing0:31
11. Jurgen Vandewalle (Bel) Quick Step0:33
12. Thomas Peterson (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H30s.t.
13. Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner0:41
14. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step0:43
15. Iker Camano Ortuzar (Esp) Saunier Duval-Scott2:37
16. Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank3:13
17. Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling4:23
18. Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step4:28
19. Oscar Freire Gomez (Esp) Rabobank4:39
20. Oliver Zaugg (Sui) Gerolsteiner4:48
21. George Hincapie (USA) High Road5:17
22. Kim Kirchen (Lux) High Road7:05
23. Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole7:06
24. Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team7:08
25. Jeff Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team7:31
26. Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC7:32
27. David Canada Gracia (Esp) Saunier Duval-Scott7:36
28. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana8:39
29. Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC9:31
30. Rubens Bertogliati (Sui) Saunier Duval-Scott10:19
31. Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole10:24
32. Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) High Road12:04
33. Benjamin Day (Aus) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team12:09
34. Jason McCartney (USA) Team CSC12:12
35. Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC12:14
36. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Rock Racing12:22
37. Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole12:26
38. Philip Zajicek (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis14:27
39. José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Esp) Astana14:32
40. Michael Lange (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team14:36
41. Rory Sutherland (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis16:16
42. Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team16:18
43. Aaron Olson (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling16:19
44. Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom16:24
45. Angel Gomez Gomez (Esp) Saunier Duval-Scott16:34
46. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step20:06
47. Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling21:15
48. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank21:48
49. Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team22:01
50. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Astana23:25
51. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) High Road24:21
52. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team CSC24:27
53. Freddie Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing24:33
54. Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Esp) Rabobank24:40
55. Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Astana26:05
56. Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank27:12
57. Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom27:13
58. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step28:22
59. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) High Road28:23
60. Danny Pate (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H3028:35
61. Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana28:36
62. Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom28:40
63. Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Bouygues Telecom28:43
64. Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast28:45
65. Markus Zberg (Sui) Gerolsteiner28:52
66. Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step29:02
67. Mark Cavendish (GBr) High Road29:36
68. Mario Cipollini (Ita) Rock Racing29:44
69. Stuart O‚Grady (Aus) Team CSC29:45
70. Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom29:53
71. Timothy Johnson (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis29:54
72. Julien Simon (Fra) Credit Agricole29:58
73. Alexander Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast30:03
74. Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval-Scotts.t.
75. Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank30:26
76. Garrett Peltonen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling32:24
77. Edward King (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling33:44
78. Steven Cozza (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H3033:45
79. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling33:52
80. Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval-Scott33:54
81. Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team33:56
82. Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team33:57
83. Nicholas Sanderson (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team33:59
84. Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Scott34:01
85. Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast
86. Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Teamboth s.t.
87. Pipp K Frank (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis34:05
88. John Murphy (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis34:20
89. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom34:23
90. Andrea Tonti (Ita) Quick Step34:24
91. Sergey Ivanov (Rus) Astana34:25
92. Nicholas Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team34:35
93. Hendricus Vogels (Aus) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team35:45
94. Jonathan Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast38:25
95. Aaron Barry Tuckerman (NZl) Jelly Belly Cycling Team39:08
96. Richard England (Aus) Bissell Pro Cycling39:09
97. Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team39:12
98. Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast39:18
99. Nicholas Waite (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast39:21
100. Caleb Manion (Aus) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team40:28
101. Michael Creed (USA) Rock Racing41:28
102. Scott Nydam (USA) BMC Racing Team41:42
103. Scott Tietzel (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team45:27
104. Bryce Mead (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team45:34
105. Roman Kilun (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis49:12
Sprint GC
1. Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team36 pts
2. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team CSC26
3. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) High Road25
4. Mark Cavendish (GBr) High Road19
5. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step15
6. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank15
7. George Hincapie (USA) High Road13
8. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana12
9. Mario Cipollini (Ita) Rock Racing12
10. Scott Nydam (USA) BMC Racing Team11
11. Iker Camano Ortuzar (Esp) Saunier Duval-Scott10
12. Jurgen Vandewalle (Bel) Quick Step10
13. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step7
14. Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step6
15. José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Esp) Astana6
16. Freddie Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing6
17. Roman Kilun (USA) Health Net p/b Maxxis6
18. Thomas Peterson (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H305
19. Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank5
20. Christopher Horner (USA) Astana4
21. Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team4
22. Alexander Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast3
23. Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank3
24. Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom3
25. Alexandre Moos (Sui) BMC Racing Team2
26. Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom2
27. David Millar (GBr) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H301
28. Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Rock Racing1
29. Oscar Freire Gomez (Esp) Rabobank1
30. Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank1
Mountains GC
1. Scott Nydam (USA) BMC Racing Team24 pts
2. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank16
3. Jurgen Vandewalle (Bel) Quick Step15
4. Alexandre Moos (Sui) BMC Racing Team12
5. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana12
6. Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank12
7. José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Esp) Astana12
8. Iker Camano Ortuzar (Esp) Saunier Duval-Scott11
9. Christopher Horner (USA) Astana11
10. Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC9
11. Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank8
12. David Zabriskie (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H307
13. Steven Cozza (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H306
14. Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team6
15. Edward King (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling6
16. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step5
17. Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team CSC4
18. George Hincapie (USA) High Road2
19. Thomas Peterson (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H302
20. Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team1
21. David Millar (GBr) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H301
Young Rider GC
1. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank20:44:21
2. Thomas Peterson (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H30at 0:18
3. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step0:28
4. Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole6:51
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank21:33
6. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) High Road24:06
7. Mark Cavendish (GBr) High Road29:21
8. Julien Simon (Fra) Credit Agricole29:43
9. Steven Cozza (USA) Slipstream Chipotle p/b H3033:30
10. Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Scott33:46
11. Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Teams.t.
12. Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team38:57
Team GC
1. Astana62:13:09
2. Slipstream Chipotle p/b H30at 0:09
3. Quick Step4:29
4. Rabobank4:31
5. Team CSC7:13
6. BMC Racing Team14:17
7. Crédit Agricole18:28
8. Saunier Duval-Scott19:26
9. High Road20:42
10. Gerolsteiner20:47
11. Bissell Pro Cycling34:15
12. Rock Racing36:23
13. Health Net p/b Maxxis37:28
14. Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team45:33
15. Bouygues Telecom54:53
16. Jelly Belly Cycling Team1:21:31
17. Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast1:30:39


 


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