Dave Zabriskie Grabs Stage 3 Win in 2010 Tour of California

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05/19/2010| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen

Dave Zabriskie Grabs Stage 3 Win in 2010 Tour of California

Zabriskie takes overall lead; Defending Amgen Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer takes third place in the stage and moves up to third place overall in GC.

Zabriskie takes overall lead; Defending Amgen Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer takes third place in the stage and moves up to third place overall in GC.

Tour of California- Stage 3

In a stage that exemplified the beautiful scenery and challenging terrain of California that make the state the perfect setting for a professional cycling race, Stage 3 of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California covered 182.3 kilometer of scenic California roadways. In an epic battle for the stage win along a picturesque route that began in iconic San Francisco and ended at the famous beach boardwalk in sunny Santa Cruz, David Zabriskie (USA) of Team Garmin-Transitions took the stage win and also secured the overall lead heading into Stage 4 tomorrow.

The picturesque route took the riders south down the California coastline on Highway 1, flanked by the Pacific Ocean on one side and Redwood forests on the other. This coastal stage included three long, but moderate climbs on Tunitas Creek Rd., La Honda Rd. and Bonny Doon Rd. packed with local cycling fans, which was followed by lengthy and fast descents. The sprint to the finish followed W. Cliff Dr. along Monterey Bay to an exhilarating conclusion to Stage 3 at the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

As the morning fog burned off in San Francisco to reveal blue skies l day, the riders lined up at the start line on The Great Highway and got Stage 3 off to a great start. After a few failed breakaway attempts at the start of the stage, the peloton approached the first sprint in Pacifica, which was taken by Stage 1 winner Mark Cavendish (GBR) of Team HTC-Columbia, putting him in the lead in the points competition. The first hour of the stage was marked by little attacks, mainly from Team QuickStep and Team HTC-Columbia, but the riders weren't able to get anything to stick.

The next sprint in Half Moon bay was taken by Karl Menzies (AUS) of UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis, followed by Alexander Kristoff (NOR) of the BMC Racing Team and Cavendish. As the riders continued on from the sprint a five-man break formed, which included Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) of BISSELL), Will Routley (CAN) of Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda, Eric Boily (CAN) of Team SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy, Davide Frattini (ITA) of Team Type 1 and Ryan Anderson (CAN) of Kelly Benefit Strategies. With fans lining the street shoulder-to-shoulder on the lead up to the first King of the Mountains competition (KOM) on Tunitas Creek Road (Cat. 2 - 1,562 ft.), Frattini took the KOM win, followed by Anderson.

Tour of California- Stage 3

After going through the feed zone, the riders were quickly hit with another climb, Highway 84 (Cat. 3 - 1,427 ft.), which provided identical results to the first KOM - Frattini in first and Anderson is second. After a quick descent, the cyclists faced the third KOM of the day, Pescadero Rd. (Cat. 4 - 1,053 ft.), which, once again, saw Frattini take the KOM, followed by Anderson.

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