Juan Jose Haedo Wins Stage 6 of Tour of California

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02/25/2007| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen

Juan Jose Haedo Wins Stage 6 of Tour of California

Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) maintains overall lead before tomorrow?s final stage.

and fourth place overall, finished the stage, but the team released a statement that he has been diagnosed with a broken left radius and will not participate in tomorrow's final stage in
Long Beach
.   Cruz came away with bruises and road rash, but no serious injuries.  


Following the crash, the race continued to be marked by a succession of attacks from several teams to challenge Leipheimer, as well as other jersey holders.   Credit Agricole's Christophe Laurent (FRA) and Quick Step-Innergetic's Jurgen Van de Walle (BEL) joined two other riders in an early breakaway to contest the California Tourism and Travel King of the Mountains (KOM) jersey in the final day of climbing.   Van de Walle was slightly stronger today, but Laurent picked up enough points to retain the jersey.


?The climbing in this race was quite challenging, so it is very satisfying to win the King of the Mountains jersey," said Laurent in a press conference today.   "I am very happy to take the (KOM) jersey in such an important race.?


O?Grady?s breakaway group of nine contained two former time trial world champions, T-Mobile Team's Michael Rogers (AUS) and Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle's Danny Pate (USA).   The gap grew as wide as three minutes, but relentless chasing by Discovery Channel Pro brought it to 1:15 as the riders entered the three 3.5-mile ( 5.6 km ) finishing circuits in Santa Clarita.


As the peloton worked to overtake the breakaway during the three circuits, Health Net presented by Maxxis riders came to the front and helped the Discovery Channel Pro team close the gap.   The breakaway was caught with less than two miles to go, ensuring Leipheimer will ride into
Long Beach
tomorrow wearing the leader jersey for the final day of racing.  


The Union Bank of California Best Young Rider Jersey was awarded to Rabobank's Robert Gesink (NED).   Haedo retained the Herbalife Sprint Jersey after today's race.


Title sponsor Amgen will celebrate awareness raised during the Breakaway from Cancer? initiative this week.


?The Breakaway from Cancer? initiative allows people to connect with others who are fighting this illness or those who have recovered from it.   Hope, inspiration and a sense of well-being come from sharing experiences with one another,? said seven-time cancer survivor Heather Warrick of Santa Clarita.


Warrick was featured today in the ?Breakaway Mile? that took place at the finish line of the Amgen Tour of
, prior to the exciting conclusion of today?s professional race.   The one-mile ride was led by Warrick who rode on a tandem bike paired with Amgen scientist Dr. Joe Miletick who plays a crucial role in developing innovative medicines.   Following Warrick and Miletick was a peloton comprised of caregivers, family members and health care professionals who supported her during her win against cancer.  


For the latest information on the Breakaway from Cancer initiative and ways to support those living with the illness, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.


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