Juan Jose Haedo Wins Stage 6 of Tour of California
The biggest Amgen Tour of
Today's Stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of
Haedo's (ARG) sprint effort at the finish overtook T-Mobile Team's Greg Henderson (NZL), Paolo Bettini (ITA), the world champion rider for Quick Step-Innergetic, Credit Agricole's Thor Hushovd (NOR) and Predictor-Lotto's Freddie Rodriguez (USA).
?I had to go really deep the whole day. I think it was the hardest day in the Amgen Tour of
Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team's Levi Leipheimer (USA), the general classification leader since the Prologue in
?I don?t have the words to describe what my team went through today. They threw everything they had at us. I?ll be honest, it was stressful,? said Leipheimer.
According to CHP estimates, the crowd was the biggest of any in the 15 stages of the Amgen Tour of
?It?s exciting, and people were curious how we would do in our sophomore year. The CHP told us today that point to point it was the biggest stage we?ve had in our two years," said Shawn Hunter, president of AEG Sports. "We?ve had some great racing out there. We?re very proud and more committed than ever. We love this sport.?
Pat McQuaid, president of Union Cycliste International (UCI), the international governing body of cycling, also was on hand for today's stage.
?This race is bigger than it was last year. There are more people on the sidelines," said McQuaid at a post-race press conference. "The organization has gotten bigger. I?m very happy with their [the organizers'] continued commitment to this event."
In an example of the aggressive riding today, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team's George Hincapie (USA) and Tony Cruz (USA) touched wheels during an attack and crashed after only three miles (
Following the crash, the race continued to be marked by a succession of attacks from several teams to challenge Leipheimer, as well as other jersey holders. Credit Agricole's Christophe Laurent (FRA) and Quick Step-Innergetic's Jurgen Van de Walle (BEL) joined two other riders in an early breakaway to contest the California Tourism and Travel King of the Mountains (KOM) jersey in the final day of climbing. Van de Walle was slightly stronger today, but Laurent picked up enough points to retain the jersey.
?The climbing in this race was quite challenging, so it is very satisfying to win the King of the Mountains jersey," said Laurent in a press conference today. "I am very happy to take the (KOM) jersey in such an important race.?
O?Grady?s breakaway group of nine contained two former time trial world champions, T-Mobile Team's Michael Rogers (AUS) and Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle's Danny Pate (USA). The gap grew as wide as three minutes, but relentless chasing by Discovery Channel Pro brought it to 1:15 as the riders entered the three 3.5-mile (
As the peloton worked to overtake the breakaway during the three circuits, Health Net presented by Maxxis riders came to the front and helped the Discovery Channel Pro team close the gap. The breakaway was caught with less than two miles to go, ensuring Leipheimer will ride into
The Union Bank of California Best Young Rider Jersey was awarded to Rabobank's Robert Gesink (NED). Haedo retained the Herbalife Sprint Jersey after today's race.
Title sponsor Amgen will celebrate awareness raised during the Breakaway from Cancer? initiative this week.
?The Breakaway from Cancer? initiative allows people to connect with others who are fighting this illness or those who have recovered from it. Hope, inspiration and a sense of well-being come from sharing experiences with one another,? said seven-time cancer survivor Heather Warrick of Santa Clarita.
Warrick was featured today in the ?Breakaway Mile? that took place at the finish line of the Amgen Tour of
For the latest information on the Breakaway from Cancer initiative and ways to support those living with the illness, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.