Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tour of California 2011 - Stage 1

Well, after having the first stage cancelled because of snow, the Tour of California is set to go. So what we are now calling Stage 1 (originally supposed to be Stage 2) was shortened from the start in Tahoe, to a start in Nevada City due to snow. The finish was in Sacramento as planned. 
Here is a nice shoe of the neutral roll out through Nevada City, California. Levi, Dave Zabriske, Andy Jacques-Maynes and Jens Voigt are on the front.

A great field is on display here in California. Oscar Freire was pretty calm before the start of Stage 1. He looks relaxed and ready for a sprint stage.

Andy Schleck racing through the streets of Sacramento. Obviously, he didn't contest the sprint, he just hung out in the back of the peleton where it was a little safer.

Lars Boom rode a pretty conservative race today. He stayed in the peleton and took it easy over the three finishing laps.

This is Sergio Hernandez of Jelly Belly taking the corner nice and fast, despite the conditions. I love the Focus Team bikes. Looks a lot like my Focus cross bike!

This is Dimitry Muravyev taking a tight 90 degree turn in the rain on the final lap around downtown Sacramento. From here it is a straight shot of about 500m to the finish. Ben Swift of Team Sky ended up taking the win in a close finish.

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