Archive for February, 2009

Levi Leipheimer crowned champion of Amgen Tour of California – for the third time

Posted on 23. Feb, 2009 by .

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After 9 challenging days of cycling  through more than 750-miles of scenic California roads, and a thrilling fight to the finish, Levi Leipheimer (Astana) was crowned champion of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, making it a three-peat for the Santa Rosa resident. “I’ve been trying to think about how to articulate this and it’s [...]

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Tour of California Stage 7 – Photos

Posted on 22. Feb, 2009 by .

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The unsung hero – the breakaway artist with Jeff Louder

Posted on 22. Feb, 2009 by .

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BMC’s Jeff Louder is no stranger to breakaways, in fact he is an artist at the art of getting into a long move. Twice – so far – at the Amgen Tour of California, the 31-year old American has been in two long breaks for an estimated 178 kilometers, in the wind showing off his [...]

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Behind the scenes with Bissell soigneur Jono Coulter

Posted on 22. Feb, 2009 by .

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A soigneur is a massage therapist, and team assistant that is responsible for feeding, clothing, and escorting the riders. That translates to long days taking care of the team mostly for the love of the sport. Australian Jonathan Coulter, known as Jono is the lead soigneur for the Bissell Team. A racer in how own [...]

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Rinaldo Nocentini wins stage 7 and Levi Leipheimer has one more before he can claim his third Tour of California

Posted on 22. Feb, 2009 by .

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After attacks splintered the break, Italian Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R) won a three-way sprint in front of a see of people at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to get the first win of the season for his team. Hayden Roulston (Cervelo) was second and Pieter Weening (Rabobank) was third. Levi Leipheimer (Astana) retained the overall lead [...]

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Tom Zirbel is the only domestic rider to crack the Solvang Time Trial Top 10

Posted on 21. Feb, 2009 by .

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Bissell’s Tom Zirbel improved his time trial result by a whopping 58 seconds over last year’s showing in the Solvang Time Trial at the Tour of California.  Zirbelicious finished in seventh spot at 39 seconds off the fastest time of Levi Leipheimer (Astana) and was the highest placed domestic rider. Great showing by the Bissell [...]

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Levi Leipheimer three-peats Tour of California time trial

Posted on 21. Feb, 2009 by .

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For the third time in a row, Levi Leipheimer (Astana) blazed his way to the top step of the Solvang Time Trial at the Tour of California.  With almost the same 15-mile course as last year, Leipheimer set a time of 30 minute and 40 seconds, seven seconds faster than last year. “I said this [...]

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Interview: Astana’s Levi Leipheimer

Posted on 20. Feb, 2009 by .

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The current leader of the Amgen Tour of California American Levi Leipheimer (Astana) is hoping to make it a three-peat as he goes into the decisive stage, the 15-mile (24-km) time trial in Solvang. Last year, Leipheimer put in a blazing result beating second placed David Millar by 20 seconds. I had a chance to [...]

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Tour of California Stage 5 – Photos

Posted on 20. Feb, 2009 by .

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Back to back wins for Mark Cavendish at the Tour of California

Posted on 19. Feb, 2009 by .

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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-High Road) easily outsprinted Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and Pedro Horrillo (Rabobank) to win his second stage in two days at the Amgen Tour of California. The  134.3-mile stage 4, the longest stage of the race, was finally raced under ‘California’ weather which had everyone  smiling at the  start in Visalia.  Cavendish has [...]

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