ToCal Stg3: Floyd’s Processor Fastest
The Amgen Tour of California rolled through the high tech capital of the world today and what better place for these riders to mount their latest aerodynamic machines during the Individual Time Trail (ITT). Microchips and microprocessors gave way to carbon, titanium and a whole lot of wattage output. Silicon Valley is home to all the big names in the computer business, but today the big names were Floyd, David and Bobby.
–By Tom McManners of Discover Adventures
Floyd’s speed rivaled that of the best product Pentium has on the market today as he covered the 27.4 km (17mi) course in at a blistering 35:38.91. He was followed by David Zabriskie 36:24:53 and fellow CSC teammate Bobby Julich at 36.33.89. The overall GC made a huge shift for the third straight day, and Landis (Phonak) sits on nearly a half minute lead over Zabriskie as the tour heads to southern California.
Racers described the course as tougher than expected, especially in the beginning with bigger climbs than anticipated. Tough headwinds played a significant factor in today’s tкte-а-tкte with most of the field struggling like an old Tandy computer crunching multiple spreadsheets. In the end, only two Australians are able to share the top ten with impressive American performances in the overall GC category. The crowd at the finish line was very supportive of Aussie Nathan O’Neill’s (Health Net) performance. The 7-time Aussie time trial champion placed fifth with a solid 36.55 clocking.
Recumbants, baby strollers, … everybody with wheels turned out today.
But all eyes were watching Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) to see if he could rebound after sitting out front during much of yesterday’s brutal mountain stage.
In the end, Levi struggled, dropping well over a minute to the leaders and left most of us scratching our heads.
George Hincapie (Discovery Channel), wearing the gold leader jersey during the event had a strong performance taking fourth overall with a matching GC placement.
A CSC Silicon sandwich.
With so many hopes and dreams riding on a strong Silicon Valley performance today, only Landis was able to avert another crash the likes of all the dot-comer’s experienced back then, and the rest of the peloton felt today.
Thursday’s Queen stage from Monterey to San Luis Obispo could be the last chance for GC changes as the bunch is expecting a 6 hour day, marked by hilly terrain.
Results Tour of California Stage 3
1 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems 35.58.91
2 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC 0.25.62
3 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 0.34.98
4 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 0.55.04
5 Nathan O’Neill (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis 0.56.83
6 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 1.02.28
7 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel 1.02.84
8 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Health Net p/b Maxxis 1.07.75
9 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner 1.16.06
10 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 1.22.73
GC After Stage 3
1 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems 7.56.36
2 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC 0.29
3 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 0.34
4 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 0.45
5 Nathan O’Neill (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis 1.08
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner 1.10
7 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 1.29
8 Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel 1.49
9 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC 1.55
10 Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel 1.58
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