Fabian Cancellara Wins Tour of California Prologue for Second Consecutive Year

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02/15/2009| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen

Fabian Cancellara Wins Tour of California Prologue for Second Consecutive Year

In second place, two seconds behind Cancellara, was defending champion Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Team Astana, followed closely by David Zabriskie (USA) of Team Garmin-Slipstream, who came in third, three seconds off the pace.

what tomorrow brings and take it day by day.  The elevation of the race gets harder as the race goes on, so we’re going to decide tomorrow what our strategy will be.  We have a good team here and we are really strong.  It’s possible we may go for the sprint jersey with J.J. (Haedo).  Everybody wants to win and we are ready now, but there are still eight days to go."

Defending race champion Levi Leipheimer made the following comments "The first three years of the Amgen Tour of California were amazing, and every year it has been getting bigger and better with more crowds.  I think you do have the ‘Lance factor’ this year, but there seems to be more people here in general, which is good for everyone.  More media attention is a great thing."

"The time trial in Solvang will make a difference in this race, but after today, I feel pretty confident.  Being so close to Fabian today is a good sign, but you never know what can happen.  Something can happen tactically that could change the race," Leipheimer added.

When asked about his new teammate Lance Armstrong, Leipheimer told Roadcycling.com that "You could tell he (Lance Armstrong) was really excited today.  He’s paying attention to the details; not just going through the motions."

A beard-less version of US Time Trial Champion Dave Zabriskie commented "This is a nice way to open a race.  I like a Prologue for an opening stage. The course was pretty straightforward.  We were lucky the rain held out.  I got third, so that’s great. We would like to do well in the general classification and maybe put one of us on the podium; that is a pretty good goal for us."


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