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Prologue - Cancellara shows why he's World Champion
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Stage 1 - Haedo gets his fifth ToC victory
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Stage 2 - Boonen makes it look easy
2.44%
Stage 3 - Gesink and Leipheimer hold off the peloton
26.83%
Stage 4 - Rollin's epic solo ride through wind and rain
9.76%
Stage 5 - Levi causes mass destruction of the TT field
7.32%
Stage 6 - Cavendish relegated after crash with Rock Racing
4.88%
Stage 7 - Big George brings it home at the Rose Bowl
48.78%
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Favorite Stage of the Tour of California

Old 02-25-08, 06:59 AM
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I dig local.
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Stage 3. I love seeing the pain and torture that world class athletes are showing, as they are reaching the top of Sierra. Got some great close up shots, and the enthusiasm of the crowd was incredible. At least I can now say I climbed a Cat 1 hill.

Oh, and the fact that it was in my backyard, was fantastic.
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I voted 7 even though I didn't watch it. I liked the pics from that stage most.
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Originally Posted by merider1
I voted 7 even though I didn't watch it. I liked the pics from that stage most.
ME, did you see these?
https://www.bikeforums.net/northern-california/390250-tour-ca-stage-3-pics-racers-spectators.html
https://www.bikeforums.net/northern-california/390153-tour-california-stage-3-pics.html
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I love to see all the telephoto work and it's even more cool that you jumped in there
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Thanks, Ron! I love the up close shots. Amazing.
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Stage five because I got to ride in the lead out car for the first rider.
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Originally Posted by alicestrong
I love to see all the telephoto work and it's even more cool that you jumped in there
What's funny is all I had was my compact digital camera. No telephoto lens. They came that close!
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Stage five because I got to ride in the lead out car for the first rider.
Ya know, Lynn called me, and asked if I wanted to take the same ride. But I was staking out my spot on Ballard Canyon. It would mean I would have to ride down to Solvang, then hop in the car. I would have missed my spot. But stage 5 is my 2nd choice.
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Tough call between 3 and 4. Both had successful breakaways (my favorite part of any bike race), but I went with Rollin because he wasn't one of the favorites, he made it stick solo, and he's Canadian.
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I loved the tension in Stage 7. I think it was really well played by Hincapie to wait until the last lap to bridge the 15 second gap, then break for the win.
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Stage 7 FTW. It was local so I got to go, and I *really* thought Zirbel was going to both take the stage and keep the peloton in the dust; that last lap was REALLY intense. Besides, I got "snuck" in to the VIP tents at the finish line, so I spent most of the day chilling, eating lamb and other goodies, and watching the race from one hell of a great spot.
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Hincapie put on a show and gets my vote.

I thought the pack was going to make another charge on the last lap to set someone up for a sprint but, I guess the conditions and positions of leaders dictated a more cautious finish.
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My fave was the stage through San Diego...best stage of any tour ever.


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I was amazed to see that KTTV did a 15 second bit on the finish at the Rose Bowl.
The news reader obviously knows cycling.

He reported "American, George Hink-a-pee won"
and he even mentioned some guy named "Levi Leep-heemer".
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Well, at least that's more than you get on ESPN. Probably wasn't even part of the sports coverage.
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I voted 7 because they rode my roads.
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Riding my bicycle and not worrying about races was my favorite part.
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I voted 7 because they rode my roads.
George, was there a route map for the Pasadena part? I'd like to know if it passed through any of my relatives' neighborhoods.

*edit* Found it at Amgen's TOC website. I R Innernetnoob.
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It was nice to see Hincapie take a stage, I vote 7.




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Riding my bicycle and not worrying about races was my favorite part.
At least you're consistent...keep it negative and don't give up on the dream.
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Originally Posted by spingineer
Ya know, Lynn called me, and asked if I wanted to take the same ride. But I was staking out my spot on Ballard Canyon. It would mean I would have to ride down to Solvang, then hop in the car. I would have missed my spot. But stage 5 is my 2nd choice.
Ron, thanks for being on the Ballard climb.
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Ron, thanks for being on the Ballard climb.
No problem. It was cool. One of the guys who was at the same spot of me, was the target of Hincapie's snot rocket. I don't think he's going to wash up for a while ...
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