Hincapie takes second Amgen Tour of California stage win
Landis (Phonak-iShares) leads overall competition following aggressive day of racing.
AEG Sports, the presenters of the Amgen Tour of California. ?From the start in San Luis Obispo and on through all of the towns along the course, people were out in the thousands to support the best cyclists in the world race to Santa Barbara.?
Commenting on his strategy in today?s stage, third place finisher Chris Horner of Davitamon ? Lotto told Roadcycling.com that ?The first strategy was simple. Just get over the climb in the first group. After that it was Discovery doing all the work all the way to the finish. Simple strategy was to stay on George?s (Hincapie) wheel. His wheel was in perfect position and then the Gerolsteiner guy came by at about 300 or
When asked if he was still going for the overall win, Horner told Roadcycling.com that ?Well, we have Freddy for the next stages. The other two stages (seem to be) built for him. We were setting up Freddy the first day and he had a flat at one (kilometer) to go ? what are you going to do? Second stage we climbed the last corner a little bit wrong and we wanted him to come in the last corner first, which he did, but the distance to the last corner ended up being more like 250 so if you look, he lost that stage too. We?ll get him a stage. We?ll help him get to the line; we?ll get him the stage win.?
Stage winner George Hincapie of the Discovery team told our Roadcycling.com reporter that ?I felt really good on that last climb. We just wanted to get as many guys as we could over, and we knew we couldn?t do much damage because there was a headwind. We were fortunate we got six guys over, and the strategy at that point was not to let the real sprinters come back because the group was small. (We kept a) high pace so they wouldn?t come back, and once we knew they were gone we just kept a high tempo so nobody would attack. And the team just took me right to the line without much effort. It was a perfect day.?
Race leader Floyd Landis of the Phonak Hearing Systems ? iShares team commented on today?s stage and the breakaways. ?We actually didn?t mind if [the breakaway] went to the finish. It was fine with us. Ekimov was the first guy, but as long as they didn?t get five minutes we were happy with that. I figured some things