Juan Jose Haedo wins stage one of the 2008 Tour of California

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02/19/2008| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen

Juan Jose Haedo wins stage one of the 2008 Tour of California

Celebrated local cyclist Levi Leipheimer welcomed home to Santa Rosa by record crowds.

fans lining the course.  Brooke Miller from Tibco won the inaugural race.

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.

At the finish line of today?s stage, prior to the conclusion of the professional race, Santa Rosa resident and two-time breast cancer survivor Theresa Coursey was celebrated during a special event called the Breakaway Mile, a one-mile honorary ride across the finish line celebrating local cancer survivors and their support teams.  During the Breakaway Mile, Coursey was joined by the support team that helped her during her battle with cancer, including her husband, stepson, doctors and friends, as well as Amgen scientist Terry Rosen who plays a crucial role in developing innovative medicines.

?Breakaway from Cancer is an integral component of the Amgen Tour of California that benefits cancer patients across the country,? said Terry Rosen, vice president chemistry research & discovery, Amgen.  ?We honor the courage of patients like Theresa and their caregivers in their fight against cancer.  It was an honor to ride with her today and provide an example of what we can do working together as a team to fight the war against cancer.?

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