Haedo takes 2nd stage win in Amgen Tour of California
With the Amgen Tour of California on pace to set records in attendance for a spectator sporting event in California, as well as for any cycling event in the U.S., Californian Floyd Landis retained the overall lead while Juan Jos? Heado won his second stage, the Queen Stage, of the 2006 event.
In the first five days of the inaugural international professional cycling race which began February 19, record crowds of more than 680,000 fans have come to the course to cheer the riders on, with another
After yesterday?s decisive victory in the
Today?s stage was fast and active. After numerous attempts to establish an early breakaway on the 131-mile stage, a group of eight successfully gained a 25-second gap at mile 64, despite the near
The breakaway lost numbers and the time gap to the field began to drop as the course flattened out past San Simeon and
As the larger part of the breakaway was absorbed, Vladimir Gusev (RUS) of Discovery Channel and Glen Chadwick (AUS) from Navigators Insurance escaped the pressure of the main field and established a gap of 2'25" with
With the teams beginning to position their sprinters for a potential field sprint, the two leaders were caught in the final run-in to
?I can?t ask for any more,? said Heado about his second win in the inaugural race. ?I would hope for more, that?s for sure, but I can go home today and be the happiest guy here.?
Haedo reclaimed the lead in the Clif Bar Sprint Competition and will wear the Clif Bar Sprint Jersey during Stage Five. Bernhard Kohl continues to wear the California Travel and Tourism King of the Mountain Jersey, while Tom Peterson will once again wear the Union Bank Best Young Rider Jersey.
?It looks to be a good race. Not just good teams here, but the teams have brought good riders as well, and they?re all motivated to do very well. From the UCI?s point of view, it?s good to see this in its first year,? said Pat McQuaid, president of the UCI. ?I have no doubt that the potential is here to grow and develop this race into a big, big spectacle in both the state of
Stage five tomorrow will bring the riders