Olympic and World Champion Paolo Bettini Wins Stage Four of Amgen Tour of California

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02/23/2007| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen

Olympic and World Champion Paolo Bettini Wins Stage Four of Amgen Tour of California

First-ever Olympic and World Champion win on

soil; Levi Leipheimer retains leader jersey for fourth consecutive day.

mind.   After the first day I had decided it would be my goal,? said Laurent at the end of today?s stage.


In the Herbalife Sprint competition, Team CSC's J.J. Haedo (ARG) leapfrogged Rabobank's Graeme Brown (AUS) to take the lead with 28 points.


Predictor-Lotto's Matthew Lloyd (AUS) maintained his lead over Rabobank's Robert Gesink (NED) as Union Bank's Best Young Rider by seven seconds.


Colavita/Sutter Home's Alejandro Acton (ARG) was voted as the Adobe Most Aggressive Rider.

Today?s Amgen Breakaway Mile took place at the finish line of the Amgen Tour of California, prior to the exciting conclusion of today?s stage.   The one-mile ride was led by San Luis Obispo-area cancer survivors Dr. Tom Vendegna and Robin O?Leary, who lost her first husband to cancer.   Vendegna rode on a tandem bike paired with Amgen scientist Dr. Dave Lacey who plays a crucial role in developing innovative medicines. O?Leary rode alongside her husband who was a critical support to her during her recovery. Following Vendegna and O'Leary was a peloton comprised of caregivers, family members and health care professionals who supported them.  


?Breakaway from Cancer? is an integral, complementary component of the Amgen Tour of
, and it benefits cancer patients nationwide,? said Amgen Scientist Dr. Dave Lacey.
?We are proud to sponsor this initiative to further empower cancer patients and their families with education and hope to live well with this disease, and it was an honor for me to ride in the ?Breakaway Mile? with Dr. Vendegna and Robin O'Leary today.?


For the latest information on the Breakaway from Cancer initiative and ways to support those living with the illness, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.


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