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February 25/06 11:05 am - Tour of California: Stage 6 Report, Photos and Results

Posted by Editoress on 02/25/06

Tour of California

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The Europeans finally won a stage at the Amgen Tour of California today, when Olaf Pollack (T Mobile) shot off his team mates' wheels to win in Thousand Oaks at the Amgen headquarters. There was no change to the general classification and, barring unforeseen circumstances, Floyd Landis (Phonak) should easily complete the final circuit race in Redondo Beach to become the first Tour of California winner.

The 143.7 kilometre stage began in Santa Barbara, under the now familiar sunny skies that have blessed the race from the beginning. There were four categorized climbs (3 Cat. 4's and 1 Cat. 3), and two sprints to liven things up. A group of seven riders rolled off the front 4 kilometres after the end of the neutralized section. The group consisted of Sven Krauss (Gerolsteiner), Dominique Perras ( Nevada), Scott Davis (T Mobile), Brice Jones (Jelly Belly), Mike Jones (Health Net), Karsten Kroon (Team CSC) and Justin England (Toyota-United).

At the 12 kilometre mark Viatcheslav Ekimov (Discovery) made an attempt to bridge up, but four kilometres later had to stop for a bike change and dropped back to the peloton. That effectively doomed the break. While they were up to 1:30 by the first KoM (where Brice Jones was dropped), Discovery, who had no one in the break, led the chase. Just before the first Sprint (50 kilometres) the breakaways were absorbed.

On the third KoM (Category 3 climb), seven more riders tried to get away but were shut down immediately. Sebastian Lang (Credit Agricole) was more successful when he attacked after the second Sprint. Within 20 kilometres (40 kilometres to go) his lead was two minutes and there was one lone chaser - Perras. Lang's lead maxxed out at two and a half minutes (Perras was 45 seconds in front of the bunch) when disaster struck: a rear flat and a slow wheel change.

This seemed to revitalize the sprinters' teams and Toyota-United went to the front, with Lang back in the bunch with 27 kilometres to go. With four kilometres to go Sven Krauss attacked again, entering the finishing circuit with a 20 second lead. But it was too little, since CSC had their team at the front and Krauss was caught on the first loop. CSC led through the second loop and looked to be in control, until Rene Haselbacher (Gerolsteiner) attacked with 500 metres to go. The finish became a melee, and Pollack was able to come off Andre Korff's wheel to easily win the uphill sprint.

"The speed was just as fast as in Europe; everyone was going full gas. Michael (Rogers) started at 500 metres, and then Andre Korff at 300. I came off his wheel in the final 200 metres."

Race Notes:

- Shawn Hunter, President of AEG South (the organizer of the Tour), stated in today's press conference that the race had surpassed one million spectators, making the Tour of California "the largest spectator sporting event in the history of California, with the exception of the (1984) Olympics."

While there have been significant spectator turnouts at some of the major climbs and at the finishes of each stage, most knowledgeable observers would cut the spectator count by at least half, which is still very respectable.

- UCI President Pat McQuaid has been at the race for the last three stages, and spoke today about the race, and the potential for future inclusion in the ProTour.

"We are witnessing a truly historical event here, which is important for cycling in the United States and the world. I believe that this race has an amazing future. As to where it fits in the calendar; I think it is in a lovely position right now. There are some clashes with European races, but none of the big races, and most teams have two or three squads now that can contest more than one event."

As for ProTour aspirations: "Well, first we have to sort out the current situation (laughter), but in the short term it (Tour of California) will not be in the ProTour - I was asked the same thing by the Tour Down Under (Australia) last month. The regulations are set through 2009 for the races to be in Europe.

But in the long term would I like to see races outside of Europe, then yes. But remember, if this race became part of the ProTour then the top-20 ProTour teams would be here and there wouldn't be space for local teams. There is a problem of expense with going outside of Europe - we tried it in Montreal with the World Cup and it didn't work, it was too expensive."

- Perras said afterwards, "We went hard from the start and we were rolling really well. Ekimov was 10 seconds back but Krauss didn't want to wait so (Ekimov) never made it. Discovery Channel started chasing, but I think we would have rolled away if Ekimov was with us."

- Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval) didn't start today's stage, after finishing off the back of the front group yesterday. He was reportedly complaining about the pace being too high for this time of year. Many of the Europeans are upset about the speed through the entire stages; they are more used to a slower start for the first 50-100 kilometres and then very hard racing at the end.

- Tomorrow's stage is a circuit race along the oceanfront in Redondo Beach, north of Los Angeles. The essentially out and back circuit is 12.3 kilometres long and the riders will do 10 laps. There is a slight rise in the middle and nine corners, the first two after the start forming an S-bend.

Stage 6: Santa Barbara to Thousand Oaks, 143.7 km
1. Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team3:26:39
2. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir
3. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto
4. Gord Fraser (Can) Health Net/Maxxis
5. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
6. David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner
7. Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner
8. Andre Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Team
9. Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC
10. Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
11. Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel
12. Alex Candelario (USA) Jelly Belly
13. George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel
14. Mark McCormack (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines
15. Jackson Stewart (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada
16. Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team TIAA-CREF
17. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel
18. Fausto Esparza (Mex) KB Home Mexican National Team
19. Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto
20. Sebastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole
21. Charles Dionne (Can) Saunier Duval-Prodir
22. Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
23. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Credit Agricole
24. Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Health Net/Maxxis
25. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Toyota-United Pro
26. Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines
27. David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC
28. Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance
29. Martin Elmiger (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems
30. Frank Hoj (Den) Gerolsteiner
31. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance
32. Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Team CSC
33. Josep Jufre Pou (Esp) Davitamon-Lotto
34. Gregory Henderson (NZl) Health Net/Maxxis
35. Andre Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team
36. Michael Friedman (USA) Team TIAA-CREF
37. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel
38. Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole
39. Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems
40. Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC
41. Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
42. Hayden Roulston (NZl) Health Net/Maxxis
43. Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance
44. Christopher Baldwin (USA) Toyota-United Pro
45. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner
46. Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team
47. Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto
48. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel
49. Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance
50. Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole
51. Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance
52. Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel
53. Thomas Peterson (USA) Team TIAA-CREF
54. Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel
55. Saul Raisin (USA) Credit Agricole
56. Antonio Cruz (USA) Toyota-United Pro
57. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel
58. Remi Pauriol (Fra) Credit Agricole
59. Brian Jensen (USA) Jelly Belly
60. Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir
61. Nick Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly
62. Kilian Patour (Fra) Credit Agricole
63. Steve Zampieri (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems
64. Lucas Euser (USA) Team TIAA-CREF
65. Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
66. Mariano Friedick (USA) Toyota-United Pro
67. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada
68. Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team
69. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada
70. Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
71. Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner
72. Dominique Perras (Can) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada
73. Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner
74. Scott Davis (Aus) T-Mobile Team
75. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance
76. Aaron Olsen (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir
77. Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Esp) Saunier Duval-Prodir
78. Michael Creed (USA) Team TIAA-CREF
79. Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines
80. Justin England (USA) Toyota-United Pro
81. Jose-Manuel Garcia (Mex) Toyota-United Pro
82. Craig Lewis (USA) Team TIAA-CREF
83. Koldo Gil Perez (Esp) Saunier Duval-Prodir
84. Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines
85. Arquimides Lam (Mex) KB Home Mexican National Team
86. Kyle Wamsley (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines
87. Jesus Zarate (Mex) KB Home Mexican National Team
88. Danny Pate (USA) Team TIAA-CREF
89. Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insuranceall s.t.
90. Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Esp) Phonak Hearing Systems0:27
91. Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems
92. Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Bellyboth s.t.
93. Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto0:36
94. Mike Sayers (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
95. David O'Loughlin (Irl) Navigators Insurance
96. Tim Johnson (USA) Health Net/Maxxisall s.t.
97. Brice Jones (USA) Jelly Belly0:43
98. Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC
99. Bart Dockx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
100. Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC
101. Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Toyota-United Proall s.t.
102. Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak Hearing Systems1:12
103. Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC1:17
DNS Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir
DNS Andrew Bajadali (USA) Jelly Belly
DNF Michael Jones (USA) Health Net/Maxxis
DNF Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly
1. Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems19:56:19
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. Danny Pate (USA) Team TIAA-CREF7:34
30. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel7:36
31. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel7:39
32. Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Toyota-United Pro7:46
33. Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner7:52
34. Koldo Gil Perez (Esp) Saunier Duval-Prodir8:02
35. Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC8:26
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. Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner12:07
44. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance12:26
45. Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC12:29
46. Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC12:39
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 Systems14:43
52. Lucas Euser (USA) Team TIAA-CREF15:47
53. Dominique Perras (Can) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada16:35
54. Andre Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team16:50
55. Bart Dockx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto17:21
56. Andre Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Team17:22
57. Sebastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole17:5
58. Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team18:04
59. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto18:21
60. Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines18:47
61. Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team18:57
62. Martin Elmiger (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems19:08
63. Kilian Patour (Fra) Credit Agricole19:25
64. Jonathan Patrick Mc Carty (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems19:37
65. Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak Hearing Systems19:57
66. Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole19:58
67. Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team TIAA-CREF20:17
68. Craig Lewis (USA) Team TIAA-CREF20:21
69. Justin England (USA) Toyota-United Pro20:24
70. Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance20:30
71. Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner21:19
72. Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines21:20
73. David O'Loughlin (Irl) Navigators Insurance21:33
74. Gord Fraser (Can) Health Net/Maxxis21:36
75. Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Team CSC21:56
76. Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly23:10
77. Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada24:38
78. Mariano Friedick (USA) Toyota-United Pro24:41
79. David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner24:50
80. Frank Hoj (Den) Gerolsteiner25:01
81. Tim Johnson (USA) Health Net/Maxxis25:07
82. Fausto Esparza (Mex) KB Home Mexican National Team25:18
83. Kyle Wamsley (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines25:42
84. Nick Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly25:59
85. Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner26:10
86. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner26:13
87. Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance26:39
88. Alex Candelario (USA) Jelly Belly27:01
89. Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto27:40
90. Michael Friedman (USA) Team TIAA-CREF27:52
91. Charles Dionne (Can) Saunier Duval-Prodir28:16
92. Jose-Manuel Garcia (Mex) Toyota-United Pro28:22
93. Aaron Olsen (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir28:55
94. Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC28:57
95. Gregory Henderson (NZl) Health Net/Maxxis29:25
96. Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Insurance29:31
97. Jesus Zarate (Mex) KB Home Mexican National Team30:05
98. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Toyota-United Pro31:04
99. Jackson Stewart (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada31:05
100. Mike Sayers (USA) Health Net/Maxxis31:28
101. Mark McCormack (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines32:05
102. Brice Jones (USA) Jelly Belly32:07
103. Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines40:45
Sprint GC
1. George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel40 pts
2. Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team32
3. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Toyota-United Pro30
4. Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto23
5. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto23
6. Josep Jufre Pou (Esp) Davitamon-Lotto19
7. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner18
8. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir18
9. Gord Fraser (Can) Health Net/Maxxis17
10. Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner16
11. Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC12
12. Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner10
13. Andre Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team10
14. Andre Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Team8
15. Jackson Stewart (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada8
16. David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner8
17. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada7
18. Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC7
19. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner7
20. Michael Creed (USA) Team TIAA-CREF6
21. Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole6
22. Alex Candelario (USA) Jelly Belly6
23. Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner5
24. Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance5
25. Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto5
26. Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines5
27. Martin Elmiger (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems4
28. Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems4
29. Hayden Roulston (NZl) Health Net/Maxxis4
30. Steve Zampieri (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems3
31. Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC3
32. Jose-Manuel Garcia (Mex) Toyota-United Pro3
33. Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole3
34. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance3
35. David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC2
36. Scott Davis (Aus) T-Mobile Team2
37. Antonio Cruz (USA) Toyota-United Pro2
38. Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel1
39. Dominique Perras (Can) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada1
40. Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC1
41. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel1
42. Alexandre Moos (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems1
43. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Credit Agricole1
44. Gregory Henderson (NZl) Health Net/Maxxis1
Mountains GC
1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner31 pts
2. Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team22
3. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir17
4. Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems10
5. Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner10
6. Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir9
7. Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC7
8. David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC6
9. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner6
10. Andre Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Team6
11. Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto6
12. Scott Davis (Aus) T-Mobile Team6
13. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel5
14. Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel5
15. Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner5
16. Dominique Perras (Can) Kodakgallery.Com-Sierra Nevada5
17. Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto4
18. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel4
19. George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel4
20. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance4
21. Michael Creed (USA) Team TIAA-CREF4
22. Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC2
23. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel2
24. Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole2
25. Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole2
26. Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Health Net/Maxxis1
27. Alexandre Moos (Sui) Phonak Hearing Systems1
28. Thomas Peterson (USA) Team TIAA-CREF1
29. Justin England (USA) Toyota-United Pro1
Best Young Rider
1. Thomas Peterson (USA) Team TIAA-CREF20:05:54
2. Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team TIAA-CREFat 10:42
3. Craig Lewis (USA) Team TIAA-CREF10:46
Team GC
1. Team CSC59:51:07
2. Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Teamat 1:40
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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