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February 24/06 10:21 am - Tour of California: Stage 5 Report, Results & Photos

Posted by Editoress on 02/24/06

Tour of California

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George Hincapie (Discovery) has joined JJ Haedo (Toyota-United) as a double stage winner, and took the Sprinters Jersey back from the Argentine rider in Stage 5. Overall, Floyd Landis (Phonak) retains his lead, however, Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) took over the lead in the Climber's competition from Austrian Bernhard Kohl (T Mobile).

The 169.4 kilometre stage took the riders south and east from San Luis Obispo through rolling wine and horse country, with one major climb shortly before the finish - a Category 1 ascent over San Marcos Pass.

Once again, the attacks began early, with the first break away 7 kilometres after the end of the neutral section. This group of 6 was brought back after six kilometres, but another launched at the 20 kilometre mark, containing 16 riders. They were caught almost immediately, but a counter attack saw 10 go clear - Lars Bak (CSC), Rene Haselbacher (Gerolsteiner), Michael Barry (Discovery), Michael Rogers (T Mobile), Ben Brooks (Navigators), Mike Jones (Health Net/Maxxis), Justin England (Toyota-United), Kyle Wamsley (Colavita), Dominique Perras ( Nevada) and Caleb Manion (Jelly Belly).

By the 30 kilometre point the gap to this group was up to 55 seconds, and ten kilometres later they were maintaining it, despite an average speed of 50 kilometre an hour. Shortly afterwards the group started to disintegrate as riders began launching attacks off the front, and all but Bak and Haselbacher were back in the peloton by the 50 kilometre point. The lead two managed to stay away for another 10 kilometres (and were joined briefly by Mark McCormack (Colavita) ), but after 65 kilometres of racing the field was 'en groupe'.

This wasn't to last, with four riders breaking away five kilometres later. This group had some serious horsepower: Viatcheslav Ekimov (Discovery) and Jens Voigt (CSC), who were joined by Sebastian Lang (Credit Agricole) and Nick Reistad (Jelly Belly). This group quickly went a minute and a half clear, then to 2:40 by the feed zone (80 kilometres). They yo-yoed between 2:45 and 3:15 over the next 40 kilometres until the gap finally began to drop at the 125 kilometre mark.

It went down quickly and, by the start of the KoM, it was down to 90 seconds. Reistad was dropped early on the climb, and the fate of the leaders was sealed when Leipheimer attacked with Ricardo Ricco (Prodir Duval). Phonak couldn't allow that, and upped the pace. Leipheimer and Ricco quickly bridged up to Ekimov, Voigt and Lang, and then dropped them to go over the top together. Hincapie made a brief attack just to test Landis, who was isolated in the group, but Landis shut that down immediately. Leipheimer took maximum points and the lead in the Climbers competition. A chase group containing all the top contenders crested the climb 22 seconds behind, and made contact on the descent.

Landis wasn't worried. "Any climb at the end of a race is difficult, but this one wasn't as hard as the one at the end of stage 2 (Sierra Road). Our plan was that if one or two guys went away (on the climb) then we would let them go and I would stay with the team for support. If it was a bigger group, then we knew we would have to chase. We knew one or two riders couldn't stay away, and we could see them up the road, so I wasn't too worried. The long section at the end made it almost impossible for one rider to stay away."

Hincapie was in good shape, with six teammates in the front group of 36 riders - Barry, Ekimov, Tom Danielson, Janez Brajkovic, Jason McCartney and Paolo Savoldelli. The team kept the pace up and roared into Santa Barbara at 65 kilometres an hour. Barry and Savoldelli took Hincapie to the final 300 metres, and then Big George went to the front and closed the door. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) and Chris Horner (Davitamon-Lotto) took the other two podium spots.

"The team did a great job" said Hincapie. "Paolo and Michael we saved for the last kilometre and they took me up to the final 300 metres. It was pretty far with the wind, but I was able to hold on. It was a long sprint, and the last 150 metres I was counting every metre.

I certainly didn't expect to have two wins this early in the season, but the wins last season (Tour, etc.) have given me increased confidence, and it's starting to show now. In situations like this, if I can make it over the climb, I know I'm in good shape for the win."

Race Notes

- Today the organizers reported the highest number of spectators for a point to point stage, with 100,000 on the road. It was certainly busy through the various small towns the race went through, and on the San Marcos Pass climb.

- Tomorrow is the last chance for anyone to realistically challenge Landis, since the final stage is a circuit race around Redondo Beach. The riders face 143.7 kilometres, heading east from Santa Barbara before dropping south down to Thousand Oaks,on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Thousand Oaks is the headquarters of the race title sponsor Amgen and, as you might expect, the stage will finish at Amgen.

Stage 5: San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara, 169.5km
1. George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel3:52:02
2. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
3. Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto
4. Josep Jufre Pou (Esp) Davitamon-Lotto
5. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir
6. Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner
7. Hayden Roulston (NZl) Health Net/Maxxis
8. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance
9. Scott Davis (Aus) T-Mobile Team
10. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada
11. Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance
12. Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Esp) Phonak Hearing Systems
13. Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC
14. Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
15. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United Pro
16. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Credit Agricole
17. Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Esp) Saunier Duval-Prodir
18. Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems
19. Alexandre Moos (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems
20. David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC
21. Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team
22. Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance
23. Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel
24. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance
25. Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC
26. Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto
27. Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Health Net/Maxxis
28. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner
29. Saul Raisin (USA) Credit Agricole
30. Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel
31. Remi Pauriol (Fra) Credit Agricole
32. Koldo Gil Perez (Esp) Saunier Duval-Prodir
33. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel
34. Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channelall s.t.
35. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel0:10
36. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel0:20
37. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto1:13
38. Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole
39. Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir
40. Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner
41. Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
42. Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team
43. Andre Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team
44. Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
45. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel
46. Thomas Peterson (USA) Team TIAA-CREF
47. Danny Pate (USA) Team TIAA-CREF
48. Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC
49. Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC
50. Antonio Cruz (USA) Toyota-United Pro
51. Justin England (USA) Toyota-United Pro
52. Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Toyota-United Pro
53. Arquimides Lam (Mex) KB Home Mexican National Team
54. Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team
55. Steve Zampieri (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systemsall s.t.
56. Brian Jensen (USA) Jelly Belly3:25
57. Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines
58. Sebastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole
59. Gord Fraser (Can) Health Net/Maxxisall s.t.
60. Lucas Euser (USA) Team TIAA-CREF6:10
61. Timothy Johnson (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
62. Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines
63. Kilian Patour (Fra) Credit Agricole
64. Dominique Perras (Can) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada
65. Michael Creed (USA) Team TIAA-CREF
66. Andrew Bajadali (USA) Jelly Belly
67. Bart Dockx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
68. Jesus Zarate (Mex) KB Home Mexican National Team
69. Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole
70. Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systemsall s.t.
71. Charles Dionne (Can) Saunier Duval-Prodir6:24
72. Mariano Friedick (USA) Toyota-United Pro
73. Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance
74. Alex Candelario (USA) Jelly Belly
75. Nick Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly
76. Andre Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Teamall s.t.
77. Michael Jones (USA) Health Net/Maxxis10:48
78. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada
79. Jose-Manuel Garcia (Mex) Toyota-United Pro
80. Fausto Esparza (Mex) KB Home Mexican National Team
81. Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Team CSC
82. Martin Elmiger (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems
83. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Toyota-United Pro
84. Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance
85. Aaron Olsen (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir
86. Brice Jones (USA) Jelly Belly
87. Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines
88. Michael Friedman (USA) Team TIAA-CREF
89. Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team TIAA-CREF
90. Mike Sayers (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
91. Gregory Henderson (NZl) Health Net/Maxxis
92. Craig Lewis (USA) Team TIAA-CREF
93. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir
94. Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance
95. Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly
96. Kyle Wamsley (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines
97. Frank Hoj (Den) Gerolsteiner
98. Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC
99. Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
10. 0. Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak Hearing Systems
10. 1. Jonathan Patrick Mc Carty (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems
10. 2. David O'Loughlin (Irl) Navigators Insurance
10. 3. Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly
10. 4. Jackson Stewart (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada
10. 5. David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner
10. 6. Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteinerall s.t.
10. 7. Mark McCormack (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines13:02
DNF Bastiaan Giling (Ned) T-Mobile Team
DNF Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T-Mobile Team
DNF Martin Gilbert (Can) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada
DNF Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly
DNS Pieter Mertens (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
1. Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems16:29:40
2. David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSCat 0:29
3. Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC0:34
4. George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel0:45
5. Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Health Net/Maxxis1:08
6. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner1:10
7. Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto1:29
8. Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel1:49
9. Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC1:55
10. Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel1:58
11. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Credit Agricole2:14
12. Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team2:15
13. Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto2:17
14. Josep Jufre Pou (Esp) Davitamon-Lotto2:20
15. Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance2:32
16. Remi Pauriol (Fra) Credit Agricole2:52
17. Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel2:56
18. Saul Raisin (USA) Credit Agricole3:11
19. Alexandre Moos (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems3:22
20. Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Esp) Saunier Duval-Prodirs.t.
21. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir4:10
22. Hayden Roulston (NZl) Health Net/Maxxis4:31
23. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel5:30
24. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United Pro6:13
25. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada6:20
26. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance6:32
27. Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance6:49
28. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel6:52
29. Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Toyota-United Pro7:03
30. Danny Pate (USA) Team TIAA-CREF7:34
31. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel7:36
32. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel7:39
33. Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC7:43
34. Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner7:52
35. Koldo Gil Perez (Esp) Saunier Duval-Prodir8:02
36. Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net/Maxxis8:56
37. Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole9:11
38. Antonio Cruz (USA) Toyota-United Pro9:13
39. Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir9:23
40. Thomas Peterson (USA) Team TIAA-CREF9:35
41. Steve Zampieri (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems10:17
42. Scott Davis (Aus) T-Mobile Team11:09
43. Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC11:56
44. Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner12:07
45. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance12:26
46. Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC12:29
47. Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems12:48
48. Brian Jensen (USA) Jelly Belly13:01
49. Michael Creed (USA) Team TIAA-CREF13:30
50. Arquimides Lam (Mex) KB Home Mexican National Team14:15
51. Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Esp) Phonak Hearing Systems14:16
52. Lucas Euser (USA) Team TIAA-CREF15:47
53. Dominique Perras (Can) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada16:35
54. Bart Dockx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto16:38
55. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir16:50
56. Andre Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Teams.t.
57. Andre Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Team17:22
58. Sebastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole17:50
59. Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team18:04
60. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto18:21
61. Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak Hearing Systems18:45
62. Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines18:47
63. Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team18:57
64. Martin Elmiger (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems19:08
65. Jonathan Patrick Mc Carty (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems19:10
66. Kilian Patour (Fra) Credit Agricole19:25
67. Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole19:58
68. Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team TIAA-CREF20:17
69. Craig Lewis (USA) Team TIAA-CREF20:21
70. Justin England (USA) Toyota-United Pro20:24
71. Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance20:30
72. Andrew Bajadali (USA) Jelly Belly20:46
73. David O'Loughlin (Irl) Navigators Insurance20:57
74. Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner21:19
75. Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines21:20
76. Gord Fraser (Can) Health Net/Maxxis21:36
77. Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Team CSC21:56
78. Michael Jones (USA) Health Net/Maxxis22:02
79. Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly22:43
80. Timothy Johnson (USA) Health Net/Maxxis24:31
81. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada24:38
82. Mariano Friedick (USA) Toyota-United Pro24:41
83. David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner24:50
84. Frank Hoj (Den) Gerolsteiner25:01
85. Fausto Esparza (Mex) KB Home Mexican National Team25:18
86. Kyle Wamsley (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines25:42
87. Nick Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly25:59
88. Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner26:10
89. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner26:13
90. Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance26:39
91. Alex Candelario (USA) Jelly Belly27:01
92. Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto27:04
93. Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC27:40
94. Michael Friedman (USA) Team TIAA-CREF27:52
95. Charles Dionne (Can) Saunier Duval-Prodir28:16
96. Jose-Manuel Garcia (Mex) Toyota-United Pro28:22
97. Aaron Olsen (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir28:55
98. Gregory Henderson (NZl) Health Net/Maxxis29:25
99. Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance29:31
10. 0. Jesus Zarate (Mex) KB Home Mexican National Team30:05
10. 1. Mike Sayers (USA) Health Net/Maxxis30:52
10. 2. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Toyota-United Pro31:04
10. 3. Jackson Stewart (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada31:05
10. 4. Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly31:15
10. 5. Brice Jones (USA) Jelly Belly31:24
10. 6. Mark McCormack (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines32:05
10. 7. Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines40:45
Sprints GC
1. George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel40 pts
2. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Toyota-United Pro30
3. Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto23
4. Josep Jufre Pou (Esp) Davitamon-Lotto19
5. Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team17
6. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto13
7. Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner12
8. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner12
9. Gord Fraser (Can) Health Net/Maxxis10
10. Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC10
11. Andre Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team10
12. Jackson Stewart (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada8
13. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada7
14. Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC7
15. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner7
16. Michael Creed (USA) Team TIAA-CREF6
17. Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole6
18. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir6
19. Alex Candelario (USA) Jelly Belly6
20. Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance5
21. Andre Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Team5
22. Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto5
23. Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner5
24. Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines5
25. Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems4
26. Hayden Roulston (NZl) Health Net/Maxxis4
27. Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC3
28. Jose-Manuel Garcia (Mex) Toyota-United Pro3
29. Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole3
30. Martin Elmiger (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems3
31. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir3
32. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance3
33. David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC2
34. Scott Davis (Aus) T-Mobile Team2
35. Antonio Cruz (USA) Toyota-United Pro2
36. Dominique Perras (Can) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada1
37. Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC1
38. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel1
39. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Credit Agricole1
40. Gregory Henderson (NZl) Health Net/Maxxis1
Mountains GC
1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner25 pts
2. Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team20
3. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir14
4. Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir9
5. Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems7
6. Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC7
7. Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner6
8. David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC6
9. Andre Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Team6
10. Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto6
11. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel5
12. Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel5
13. Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto4
14. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel4
15. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance4
16. Michael Creed (USA) Team TIAA-CREF4
17. Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC2
18. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel2
19. Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole2
20. Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole2
21. Alexandre Moos (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems1
22. Thomas Peterson (USA) Team TIAA-CREF1
Best young rider
1. Thomas Peterson (USA) Team TIAA-CREF16:39:15
2. Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team TIAA-CREF10:42
3. Craig Lewis (USA) Team TIAA-CREF10:46
Team GC
1. Team CSC49:31:10
2. Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team1:40
3. Davitamon-Lotto3:58
4. Phonak Hearing Systems5:59
5. Credit Agricole6:07
6. Prodir-Saunier Duval7:35
7. Health Net Presented by Maxxis11:34
8. Navigators Insurance Cycling Team12:41
9. Gerolsteiner17:34
10. T-Mobile Team17:51
11. Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team19:57
12. Team TIAA-Cref25:38
13. Kodak Nevada Pro Cycling43:16
14. Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Wines Pro Cycling Team48:03
15. Jelly Belly Cycling Team48:17
16. KB Home Mexican National Team1:03:28


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