Interview: Astana’s Levi Leipheimer

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…

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

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…

Updates on yesterday’s crashes

The wet conditions and tough racing continue to take their toll as more riders crashed yesterday. Teddy King (Cervelo) crashed in the neutral section and suffered a broken left arm in a nasty fall and subsequently had to abandon the race. Omer Kem (Bissell) crashed in the sketchy downhill off Sierra Road and was diagnosed…

It’s a lot like having a defribillator ….

“clear” That’s how defending champion Levi Leipheimer (Astana) described racing a prologue. Under stormy skies and appreciative crowd, the 2009 Tour of California kicked off with a prologue in Sacramento.   Former World TT Champion Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) took the honors blazing around the corners to stop the clock at four minutes and thirty-two seconds.…