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May 18/10 23:08 pm - Amgen Tour of California: Stage 3 report, photos, and results


Posted by Editoress on 05/18/10
 

David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) won the third stage of the Tour of California on Tuesday, and became the third rider in three days to don the gold jersey of the race leader. Zabriskie outsprinted breakaway companions Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) and defending champion Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) to win the 182.3 kilometre stage. The three race favourites broke away from the rest of the field on the final climb of the stage to finish 17 seconds in front of a chase group.

 

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With time bonuses, Zabriskie holds a four second lead over Rogers and six seconds over Leipheimer. Ryder Hesjedal, Zabriskie's teammate, finished tenth on the stage and moved up to sixth in the overall standings, 27 seconds out of the lead. François Parisien (SpiderTech p/b Planet Energy), was ninth in the stage and 17th overall, with the same time as Hesjedal.

"It was a hard day," admitted Hesjedal. "We were there to support Dave [Zabriskie], and it work out well. I was feeling good, climbing with the front group, but I had a scare when I flatted after the last climb. Luckily I was able to get back to the group and not lose any time."

Will Routley (Jelly Belly) was awarded the Most Aggressive Rider jersey for the stage, after participating in a 90 kilometre long breakaway attempt that was only caught on the final climb.

The break was slow in getting established, as Mark Cavendish's HTC-Columbia squad kept everything together for the first two sprints, to put the Brit back in the Points Jersey. After the second intermediate sprint, the peloton calmed down and rolled along the Pacific coast in the sunshine.

Routley used the local knowledge he had gained from wintering in Santa Cruz to identify what would prove to be the key spot for the successful break.

"I knew that there was a left turn from the wide highway by the ocean into a narrow road up to the climb, and it was important to be up front then. Sure enough, after we went around the corner, the ProTour teams spread across the road and we were able to get away."

Four other riders joined Routley in the break - Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit Strategies), Eric Boily (SpiderTech p/b Planet Energy), Davide Frattini (Team Type 1) and Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell). The group opened up a gap of over five minutes by the top of the third climb, as rain at the tops of the climbs caused the peloton to descend gingerly, but there was still over 100 kilometres to go, with a long tailwind section next to the ocean and the final, and hardest, climb of the day.

RadioShack, with some assistance from Cervélo, the team of race leader Brett Lancaster, went to the front and steadily pulled back the break along the Pacific Coast Highway section. Just before the race turned inland for the final climb up Bonny Doon, Routley attacked solo, hoping to extend his time away.

"I hoped we'd hit the final climb with a few minutes lead," explained Routley, "but no dice, they chased super hard on the run in, and we were gonna get caught, so I attacked the break and went solo for about 10 kilometres, and got the most aggressive rider jersey for it."

He was caught at the base of the steep part of the climb, and then Radioshack put the pressure on. Riders were quickly shed off the back by the blistering pace set by by the team, until partway up the climb Leipheimer attacked, exploding the remainder of the field, with only Rogers and Zabriskie able to match his pace. Over the top of Bonny Doon, the trio had a gap of 30-plus seconds on a chase group of 24, including Hesjedal, Parisien, RadioShack riders Lance Armstrong, Chris Horner, Janez Brajkovic and Jose Rubiera, Hesjedal's teammates Tom Danielson and Peter Stetina, Jens Voigt and Jakob Fuglsang from Saxo Bank, and Heinrich Haussler from Cervélo.

As the group behind got organized, the gap to the leaders began to drop, but coming into the final kilometre was still 20 seconds. Zabriskie began to wind up 500 metres from the line and held on for the win, centimetres in front of a late surge by Rogers. For Zabriskie, who has finished second overall two times (2006 and 2009), it was a first stage win and first leader's jersey at the Tour of California.

Race Notes

- Comments from Frank Parisien: Another top 10 for the team. This is awesome for the team. Eric was in the break all day. Superb representation of the Canadian riders today. Lucas [Euser] and I got great support from our teammates. Before the left turn on Bonny Doon, the peloton was riding at 60 km/h and our team-mates brought us back in top ten position for the climb. The first few km on the climb was like a full on sprint, holding close to 500 watts. When the break went, we slowed down. Lucas rode at the front to maintain a good tempo. Then when we knew that we had a chance to bring back break, I focussed on the sprint. We came close to bringing them back. Tomorrow should be another good day for us.

- Armstrong changed bikes twice on the descent after the second KoM. After the first change, he rode the replacement for about ten minutes before (we assume) switching back to his original bike.

- RadioShack is doing an incredible advertising blitz to go with the team and the race - placards are being handed out by the thousands, ads in local papers, a flatbed truck with a big billboard (of Lance, naturally) rolls along in front of the race. Meanwhile, a plane pulling a banner for Michelob Ultra (the beer Armstrong endorses) has been circling over the race...

- There was a mash up among team cars on the second KoM, as riders went back for rain gear, and team directeurs jockeyed for position. A number of teams received fines and, more ominously, a mandatory meeting for all team directors with the California Highway Patrol before the start of tomorrow's stage...

- Tomorrow's 195.5 kilometre stage heads inland, starting in San Jose and finishing in Modesto. It opens with the difficult Category 1 Sierra Road climb before dropping into the Central Valley. A second Category 4 climb faces the riders half way through the stage, and then it is a downhill run to the finish line.

 

Stage 3: San Francisco to Santa Cruz, 182.3 km
1 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin – Transitions 4:26:09
2 Michael Rogers (Aus) HTC – Columbia
3 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Radioshack both s.t.
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo 0:17
5 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
6 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Testteam
7 Jens Voigt (Ger) Saxo Bank
8 Christopher Horner (USA) Radioshack
9 François Parisien (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin – Transitions
11 Jeremy Venell (NZl) Bissell
12 Steve Morabito (Sui) Bmc Racing Team
13 Lars Bak Ytting (Den) HTC – Columbia
14 Lance Armstrong (USA) Radioshack
15 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1
16 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin – Transitions
17 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC – Columbia
18 Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
19 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Radioshack
20 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank
21 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Esp) Radioshack
22 Phil Zajicek (USA) Fly V Australia
23 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin – Transitions
24 Francesco Bellotti (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
25 Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy all s.t.
26 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas - Doimo 0:37
27 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 0:17
28 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 1:41
29 David Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
30 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quickstep
31 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
32 George Hincapie (USA) Bmc Racing Team
33 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
34 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
35 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Esp) Quickstep
36 Paul Mach (USA) Bissell all s.t.
37 Oscar Pujol (Esp) Cervélo Testteam 1:56
38 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell 4:36
39 Rob Britton (Can) Bissell
40 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
41 Max Jenkins (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
42 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
43 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia
44 Chris Butler (USA) Bmc Racing Team
45 Chad Beyer (USA) Bmc Racing Team all s.t.
46 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep 4:40
47 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Fly V Australia s.t.
48 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 8:13
49 Ben Day (Aus) Fly V Australia 8:58
50 Darren Lill (RSA) Fly V Australia
51 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo Testteam
52 Simon Zahner (Sui) Bmc Racing Team
53 Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
54 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1
55 Jackson Stewart (USA) Bmc Racing Team
56 Charles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia
57 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack all s.t.
58 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Testteam 12:52
59 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin – Transitions
60 David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies both s.t.
61 Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank 16:10
62 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC – Columbia s.t.
63 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bmc Racing Team 16:24
64 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC – Columbia
65 Michael Friedman (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
66 Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
67 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC – Columbia
68 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quickstep
69 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank
70 Daniel Holloway (USA) Bissell
71 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Fly V Australia
72 Elia Viviani (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
73 Davide Cimolai (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
74 Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell
75 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
76 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Bmc Racing Team
77 Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC – Columbia
78 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC – Columbia
79 Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
80 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank
81 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quickstep
82 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank
83 Francesco Chicchi (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
84 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep
85 Zach Bell (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
86 Ivan Santaromita (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
87 Manuel Quinziato (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
88 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
89 Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Testteam
90 Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
91 Neil Shirley (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
92 João Correia (Por) Cervélo Testteam
93 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep
94 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quickstep
95 Ken Hanson (USA) Team Type 1
96 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
97 Ino Ilesic Aldo (Slo) Team Type 1
98 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Saxo Bank
99 André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank
100 Stuart O’Grady’ (Aus) Saxo Bank
101 Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell
102 Bradley White (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
103 Jason McCartney (USA) Radioshack
104 Cody O’reilly (USA) Bissell
105 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
106 Matthew Crane (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
107 Bruno Langlois (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
108 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Radioshack
109 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank
110 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank
111 William Dickeson (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
112 Martin Gilbert (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
113 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Testteam
114 Eric Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
115 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin – Transitions
116 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin – Transitions
117 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin – Transitions
118 Robert Thomson Jay (RSA) Fly V Australia
119 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo Testteam
120 Scott Stewart (USA) Team Type 1
121 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank
122 Andrew Randell (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
123 Javier Meijas Leal (Esp) Team Type 1
124 Davide Frattini (Italy) Team Type 1 all s.t.
DNF Jesse Anthony (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNF Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
 
GC
1 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin – Transitions 13:09:33
2 Michael Rogers (Aus) HTC – Columbia at 0:04
3 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Radioshack 0:06
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo 0:21
5 Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis 0:24
6 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Radioshack 0:27
7 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin – Transitions
8 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin – Transitions
9 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
10 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin – Transitions
11 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Esp) Radioshack
12 Lance Armstrong (USA) Radioshack
13 Christopher Horner (USA) Radioshack
14 Lars Bak Ytting (Den) HTC – Columbia
15 Francesco Bellotti (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
16 Phil Zajicek (USA) Fly V Australia
17 François Parisien (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
18 Steve Morabito (Sui) Bmc Racing Team
19 Jens Voigt (Ger) Saxo Bank all s.t.
20 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC – Columbia 1:44
21 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1
22 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1
23 Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
24 Jeremy Venell (NZl) Bissell
25 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Testteam all s.t.
26 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 1:47
27 Paul Mach (USA) Bissell 1:49
28 George Hincapie (USA) Bmc Racing Team 3:08
29 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quickstep s.t.
30 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 3:14
31 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas - Doimo 3:34
32 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 4:38
33 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies 4:46
34 Max Jenkins (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis 6:03
35 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Fly V Australia 6:07
36 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo Testteam 8:58
37 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1 9:04
38 David Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy 9:05
39 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 9:40
40 Simon Zahner (Sui) Bmc Racing Team 10:25
41 Ben Day (Aus) Fly V Australia 11:18
42 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank 12:24
43 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis 12:25
44 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 13:57
45 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin – Transitions 14:19
46 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell 14:25
47 Chad Beyer (USA) Bmc Racing Team 15:17
48 Rob Britton (Can) Bissell 15:20
49 Chris Butler (USA) Bmc Racing Team s.t.
50 Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank 16:20
51 Jackson Stewart (USA) Bmc Racing Team 16:22
52 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis 16:25
53 André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank 16:34
54 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia 16:53
55 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Esp) Quickstep s.t.
56 Darren Lill (RSA) Fly V Australia 17:01
57 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bmc Racing Team 17:51
58 Davide Cimolai (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
59 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Fly V Australia
60 Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies all s.t.
61 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack 19:06
62 Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 19:21
63 Davide Frattini (Italy) Team Type 1 s.t.
64 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 19:26
65 Oscar Pujol (Esp) Cervélo Testteam 19:34
66 Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies 21:15
67 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep 22:10
68 Charles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia 24:10
69 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Testteam 25:45
70 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank 27:02
71 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank 27:04
72 Andrew Randell (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy 27:06
73 Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell 27:08
74 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin – Transitions
75 Robert Thomson Jay (RSA) Fly V Australia
76 Michael Friedman (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda all s.t.
77 David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies 28:04
78 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Testteam s.t.
79 Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC – Columbia 28:41
80 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 28:41
81 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Bmc Racing Team 31:30
82 Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies 31:36
83 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin – Transitions
84 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quickstep
85 Bradley White (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
86 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Saxo Bank
87 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quickstep
88 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank all s.t.
89 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC – Columbia 33:40
90 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC – Columbia s.t.
91 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC – Columbia 33:52
92 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC – Columbia 33:54
93 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep
94 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin – Transitions
95 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
96 Francesco Chicchi (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
97 Elia Viviani (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
98 Manuel Quinziato (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
99 Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Testteam
100 Ken Hanson (USA) Team Type 1
101 Martin Gilbert (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
102 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank
103 Zach Bell (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
104 Eric Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
105 Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell
106 Ino Ilesic Aldo (Slo) Team Type 1
107 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quickstep
108 Neil Shirley (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
109 Ivan Santaromita (Italy) Liquigas - Doimo
110 Daniel Holloway (USA) Bissell
111 João Correia (Por) Cervélo Testteam
112 Scott Stewart (USA) Team Type 1
113 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank
114 Bruno Langlois (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
115 Cody O’Reilly (USA) Bissell
116 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep
117 Jason McCartney (USA) Radioshack
118 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo Testteam
119 Stuart O’Grady’ (Aus) Saxo Bank
120 William Dickeson (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
121 Matthew Crane (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis all s.t.
122 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank 34:14
123 Javier Meijas Leal (Esp) Team Type 1 34:32
124 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Radioshack s.t.

 


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