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.
field for most of the day and eventually swallowed up the break en route to the final climb of the day. With the end of the race drawing near, several teams began to make their move and created a breakaway that consisted of three riders - Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Team RadioShack, Michael Rogers (AUS) of HTC-Columbia and Zabriskie.
With just under 20 miles to go on the route to Santa Cruz, the riders faced the largest climb of the day, Bonny Doon/Pine Flat Road (Cat. 2 - 2,135 ft.). After many unsuccessful attempts by several teams to pull the break back, Zabriskie took the stage win in an all out sprint to the finish before thousands of fans at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
"I've been a runner up, but I've never won a stage here," said Zabriskie. "I've never touched the Amgen Leader Jersey since the Amgen Tour of California started. Just to touch this jersey is quite an honor."
In the awards ceremony for Stage 3, Zabriskie took the Amgen Race Leader Jersey; Cavendish claimed the Herbalife Sprint Jersey; and Thomas Rabou (NED) of Team Type 1 took the California Travel & Tourism King of the Mountains (KOM) Jersey. Peter Sagan (SVK) of Liquigas retained the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey for the second consecutive day. And for his performance in the main breakaway of the day Routley was awarded Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey.
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