Rollin rolls to stage victory in 2008 Amgen Tour of California

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02/22/2008| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen
George Hincapie. Photo copyright Ben Ross / Action Images Inc.
George Hincapie. Photo copyright Ben Ross / Action Images Inc.

Rollin rolls to stage victory in 2008 Amgen Tour of California

Levi Leipheimer retains overall lead.

hours to go, Rollin’s confidence grew.  “With 40 km to go I started looking around and realized I was the strongest guy in the break,” said Rollin, who raced three years in France before racing in the American pro ranks last season.  “With 20 km to go, I managed to get three or four meters and could see the guys weren’t reacting.”

George Hincapie (USA) of High Road chased valiantly hoping to post the win near the San Luis Obispo headquarters of his team, but fell short by 17 seconds to finish second.  Camano finished just behind Hincapie in third.

“It was definitely pretty epic as far as conditions go,” said Hincapie, who rode in the break most of the day.

The field finished 2:27 down on Rollin.  Leipheimer remained in the lead, just ahead of Cancellara going into the critical Stage 5 individual time trial.

In addition to the stage win, Rollin took the Herbalife Sprint Leader Jersey and the Tachyon Most Aggressive Rider Jersey. Today's California Travel and Tourism King of the Mountain Jersey was, once again, awarded to Scott Nydam (USA) from Team BMC.  Robert Gesink (NED) of Rabobank held onto the Union Bank of California Best Young Rider Jersey.

Amgen’s celebration of cancer survivors continued today with San Luis Obispo-area husband and wife cancer survivors Justin and Deborah Baldwin riding in the Breakaway Mile, a special one-mile honorary ride across the finish line celebrating local cancer survivors and their support teams.  At the same hour, on the same day in September 2003, married couple Justin and Deborah Baldwin each learned they were being diagnosed with cancer.  Justin was diagnosed with tonsil cancer and Deborah with breast cancer.  Cancer-free today, the Baldwins were joined by their support group of friends who helped them during their fight and Amgen scientist Dr. Steve Elliot, who plays a crucial role in developing innovative medicines.

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