Rabobank's Graeme Brown Wins Stage One of the 2007 Amgen Tour of California
Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California from Sausalito to Santa Rosa ended in a dramatic photo finish win of two centimeters by Rabobank's Graeme Brown (AUS) following a crash on the second circuit around downtown Santa Rosa.
An earlier crash about
Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) retained the Amgen Leader's Jersey after a determined dash over the final
"Ivan Basso was ripping it up. I am very proud, very honored to have him lead me into my home town? It feels great (to put on the leader's jersey) here in my home town. I did that last year, and I've been looking forward to repeating that," said Leipheimer.
Rabobank's Graeme Brown (AUS) won the bunch sprint to claim the stage win from T - Mobile Team's Greg Henderson (NZL), with Discovery Channel Pro's Allan Hansen (AUS) placing third.
An undulating 97.1-mile (
King of the Mountain contenders Quick Step-Innergetic's Juergen Van de Walle (BEL) of Belgium, and Team Slipstream Tom Peterson (USA), of North Bend, Wash., initiated the key attack of the day at
Van de Walle went on to say, "If you look at the field in this race, it is the best field before the ProTour races start. I hope we can build on this."
The race came back together shortly before entering
Thomas Peterson (Team Slipstream) moved into the lead of the King of the Mountains classification. Allan Davis (Discovery Channel) took the lead in the Sprint classification. The Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team leads the overall team classification. T-Mobile Team's Greg Henderson and Discovery Channel's Allan Davis took second and third in the stage respectively.
"Today is what cycling is all about. It was war out there," said Levi Leipheimer. "The crowd that came out was amazing; it was top-notch. I knew when we came into
Top-three general classification leaders after today are Leipheimer, Team Slipstream?s Jason Donald in second and Priority Health Cycling Team's Benjamin Jacques-Maynes in third.
In addition to the exciting race finish, today's event included a special ride by local cancer survivors who cycled the final mile before the peloton came into the final circuits.
Amgen created the Breakaway from Cancer initiative in 2005 as a complementary component to its title sponsorship of the inaugural Amgen Tour of