Juan Jose Haedo Wins Stage 6 of Tour of California
Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) maintains overall lead before tomorrow?s final stage.
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 (