Defending champion Levi Leipheimer takes second consecutive overall win

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02/25/2008| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen
George Hincapie wins stage 7.
George Hincapie wins stage 7.

Defending champion Levi Leipheimer takes second consecutive overall win

George Hincapie wins final stage at 2008 Amgen Tour of California. More than 1.6 million fans turned out to watch the best field ever assembled on U.S. soil.

would join the breakaway as well, including Jason McCartney (USA) of Team CSC and Creed, but it would prove to be Hincapie’s stage.  He blasted out of the sprint to score a huge win for Team High Road.

“As soon as we came into the circuits, everyone was attacking; the majority of the work that the breakaway did fell to me,” said Hincapie.  “The last 30 kilometers was really difficult; I’m glad it worked out for me.  As soon as we hit the circuit laps, the race was on and things got aggressive, so we warmed up pretty quick.”

“This has been a tremendous experience for all of us,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports, presenter of the race.  “The support from the 12 host cities, the record number of fans, local organizing committees and the athletes has been extraordinary.  We feel like we’ve been embraced by the people that care about cycling, and it seems like more and more people discover cycling each year.  From the athlete performance perspective, we’ve seen some outstanding performances.”

Today’s stage brought a close to the competition for the Amgen Tour of California jerseys.  The Tachyon Most Aggressive Rider Jersey was awarded to the entire BMC Racing Team.  Scott Nydam (USA) from Team BMC claimed the California Travel and Tourism King of the Mountains Jersey.  Dominique Rollin of Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team retained the Herbalife Sprint Leader Jersey.  Robert Gesink (NED) of Rabobank held onto the Union Bank of California Best Young Rider Jersey.  Team Slipstream/Chipotle Presented by H30 took the team classification. Congrats to all of you.

Be sure to check out our recent audio interview with stage winner George Hincapie.

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