Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tour of California Stage 6

Levi Leipheimer (Astana) was awesome in Solvang, beating the US time trial champion (David Zabriskie of Garmin-Slipstream) by 0:08, and securing his overall lead in the race.

Levi's teammate, Lance Armstrong, only managed 14th best time, and drops to 6th overall. However, I believe this is an indication of how hard Lance has been working at the front of the peleton for the last 5 days, helping secure Levi's yellow jersey. A super domestique if ever there was one.
Another interesting result was big George Hincapie (Team Columbia-Highroad), who had the 6th fastest time. Although he's down in 21st place overall, his form is coming on nicely ahead of his Spring Classic campaign. I'll certainly be routing for George on 12 April at Paris-Roubaix. He come so close so many times - wouldn't it be great for George to finally win it?
Going into the final 2 climber's stages this weekend, I am confident Levi has the legs to hang on to his lead all the way to the finish in Escondido on Sunday.

General classification after stage 6
 1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana                             24.12.00
2 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                   0.36
3 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad           0.46
4 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank                              1.10
5 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - Highroad        1.29
6 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana                                 1.46
7 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                   1.54
8 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana                                     1.59
9 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana                                2.13
10 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing                       2.15
Thanks for reading.