Hometown Hero Levi Leipheimer Takes Victory at 2007 Amgen Tour of California Prologue in San Francisco for Second Straight Year

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Hometown Hero Levi Leipheimer Takes Victory at 2007 Amgen Tour of California Prologue in San Francisco for Second Straight Year

For the second consecutive year, Santa Rosa resident Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) rode to victory during the 2007 Amgen Tour of California Prologue stage before an enthusiastic crowd that
San Francisco
city officials estimated to be between 280,000 to 300,000 fans.

champion,
Switzerland
's Fabien Cancellara (Team CSC) , who placed fifth with a time of 4:55.09, could better Donald's remarkable ride.
San Jose
's Ben Jacques-Maynes (Priority Health Cycling Team Presented by Bissell) , the second rider to start, surprised himself by finishing third today, with a time of 4:54.22.

Other pre-race favorites included Discovery Channel Pro's George Hincapie , who finished ninth (4:57:238) and Ivan Basso, who finished 23rd (5:03:351) in his return to racing, and Team CSC's Bobby Julich , who finished 22nd (5:03:221), and Dave Zabriskie , who finished 14th (4:59:169).

Title sponsor Amgen is continuing its complementary Breakaway from Cancer initiative in 2007.

?Our mission is to serve patients. Since our founding in 1980, Amgen has used the power of pioneering science to fight serious illness,? said George Morrow, executive vice president, global commercial operations, Amgen. ?The Amgen Tour of
California
sponsorship provides us with opportunities to raise awareness of the many medical advances made possible through biotechnology, and to provide additional support to people affected by cancer through our Breakaway from Cancer initiative.?

Amgen created the Breakaway from Cancer initiative in 2005 as a complementary component to its title sponsorship of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California . As a result of last year's Breakaway from Cancer effort, Amgen provided more than $1 million to The Wellness Community (TWC), an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. This year, the initiative expanded and also benefits the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in the country. Patrick Dempsey, whose mother is a two-time cancer survivor, is also the initiative?s spokesperson and attended today's race.

?I'm excited to be in San Francisco to help kick off the Amgen Tour of
California
as part of my participation in the Breakaway from Cancer initiative,? said Patrick Dempsey. ?Just as it takes a team approach to win a professional cycling race, it takes a team of health care providers, caregivers and supporters to beat cancer. The Breakaway from Cancer initiative connects people affected by cancer with services and programs that make a difference.?

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