Tour of California is almost here

Posted on 13. Feb, 2009 by in news, photos

In a bit more than twelve hours from now the Tour of California will start in Sacramento with a 2.4 miles (3.9 km) and the conversation today as the final preparations were being made often turned to the weather. Today it rained, it hailed, the thermometer dipped and the word epic was actually mentioned a few times as the threat of snow seems to be a distinct possibility for certain stages. The final roster was issued by the teams, and the DS waited until the last minute to decide the start time of their riders for the prologue keeping a close eye on the weather,

Tomorrow at 1:30pm PT, Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing) will be the first rider off the block, and Levi Leipheimer (Astana) will be the last at 3:45pm.

As for me, today was the final time to relax before the race insanity, a time to greet old friends, take a few photos in the morning as the mechanics were setting up for a final training ride, and meet and interview riders from the Columbia-High Road and Cervelo teams.

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