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Tour of California 2009 Stage 2: 22-year-old Peterson Wins; Leipheimer Leads Rogers, Zabriskie, Armstrong, Horner

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Levi Leipheimer took the lead today in another drenched and cold day. He bridged up by himself to catch Barredo. Later on, young rider Thomas Peterson of Garmin took Levi's wheel and sucked, then came in first at the finish (but Leipheimer took the same time). The next group was 21 seconds behind and included Horner, Armstrong (who had an incident with a motorcycle that resulted in some delay), Brajkovic and Rubiera from Levi's Astana teammates for 5 in all in the top 21 seconds for the day. Garmin had 3, and several others had 2 in this group. Garmin and Astana are tied to the second for the team lead after Stage 2. Top 20 for Stage 2 1. 36 USA 19861224 PETERSON Thomas* GRM 05.06'20" 00.00'00" 2. 1 USA 19731024 LEIPHEIMER Levi AST 05.06'20" 00.00'00" --- 3. 28 AUS 19791220 ROGERS Michael THR 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 4. 4 USA 19711023 HORNER Christopher AST 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 5. 161 ESP 19760929 SEVILLA Oscar RRC 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 6. 46 BEL 19860912 SEELDRAEYERS Kevin* QST 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 7. 33 USA 19780313 DANIELSON Thomas GRM 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 8. 52 NED 19860531 GESINK Robert* RAB 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 9. 56 GER 19751103 NIERMANN Grischa RAB 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 10. 38 USA 19790112 ZABRISKIE David GRM 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 11. 26 SWE 19840404 LVKVIST Thomas THR 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 12. 13 LUX 19800415 SCHLECK Frnk SAX 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 13. 2 USA 19710918 ARMSTRONG Lance AST 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 14. 3 SLO 19831218 BRAJKOVIC Janez AST 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 15. 7 ESP 19730127 RUBIERA VIGIL Jos Luis AST 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 16. 61 ITA 19771126 BASSO Ivan LIQ 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 17. 66 ITA 19841114 NIBALI Vincenzo LIQ 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 18. 16 GER 19710917 VOIGT Jens SAX 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 19. 82 ESP 19690603 CUESTA LOPEZ DE CASTRO Inigo CTT 05.06'41" 00.00'21" 20. 42 ESP 19810605 BARREDO Carlos QST 05.06'41" 00.00'21" Notice strong performances by young riders (with * after their names). Also Jens Voigt shows up nicely, coming in with teammate, Frank Schleck. In the GC (general classification...the total time so far) Leipheimer leads Michael Rogers (AUS) of Team Columbia-High Road and David Zabriskie (USA) of Garmin-Slipstream. I must say Zabriskie is doing better than I might have thought in this weather and terrain (though I'm not so educated on it all). He and one of my favorites, Jens Voigt (who seems willing to push the breakaways even if it means he loses in the end...he just seems to like to finish ahead of the peleton), are both looking good. The two are also usually great when interviewed, and not so predictable. Gesink and Seeldraeyers are youngsters I don't know, and I'm not that familiar with Nibali, either. Top Riders per team among those within a minute of the overall lead... 1. 1 USA 19731024 LEIPHEIMER Levi AST 09.23'02" 00.00'00" 2. 28 AUS 19791220 ROGERS Michael THR 09.23'26" 00.00'24" 3. 38 USA 19790112 ZABRISKIE David GRM 09.23'30" 00.00'28" 9. 66 ITA 19841114 NIBALI Vincenzo LIQ 09.23'40" 00.00'38" 10. 52 NED 19860531 GESINK Robert* RAB 09.23'41" 00.00'39" 11. 161 ESP 19760929 SEVILLA Oscar RRC 09.23'41" 00.00'39" 12. 16 GER 19710917 VOIGT Jens SAX 09.23'42" 00.00'40" 15. 46 BEL 19860912 SEELDRAEYERS Kevin* QST 09.23'53" 00.00'51" Looking at the top 30 and not just the leader per team, we can see that Astana looks very strong, which everyone knew. Armstrong is putting in a great performance, indeed, and Chris Horner seems better than ever. Levi has four lieutenants in the top 38 seconds overall (assuming he stays strong and someone else doesn't become the team leader...I saw Armstrong ride for Danielson at the Tour de Georgia in 2005 I think it was...where Leipheimer and Landis were chasing and Lance basically had to stay in fourth position to keep from pulling those two up to Danielson). Rogers has only Lvkvist at the top, not to say Hincapie is not capable on a fine day! Zabriskie has the most excellent rider, the aforementioned Danielson. Nibali has Basso, or vice versa, both on the "leakygas" (Liquigas) squad and both Italians. Sevilla should have a fresher Mancebo available in a day or two. Voigt has nobody in the top minute, but the brothers Schleck have proven themselves on mountains before, and countryman Niermann might help if conditions are such that it wouldn't hurt his team. I believe a lot of riders have good will toward Voigt, and if he took a flyer, some kids would likely want to go just to experience it. But it would likely be taken more seriously than often, as Voigt's position is good right now (except for that whole not having Astana riding for him). I must say Landis has fought through an unlucky sort of flat as I heard it and is doing well to be with Christian Vandevelde (or should we say Vandevelde has been unspectacular?). Hamilton seems fizzling. I think Sastre had a bad crash, but is hanging in there so far. Top 30 1. 1 USA 19731024 LEIPHEIMER Levi AST 09.23'02" 00.00'00" 2. 28 AUS 19791220 ROGERS Michael THR 09.23'26" 00.00'24" 3. 38 USA 19790112 ZABRISKIE David GRM 09.23'30" 00.00'28" 4. 2 USA 19710918 ARMSTRONG Lance AST 09.23'32" 00.00'30" 5. 4 USA 19711023 HORNER Christopher AST 09.23'36" 00.00'34" 6. 3 SLO 19831218 BRAJKOVIC Janez AST 09.23'40" 00.00'38" 7. 26 SWE 19840404 LVKVIST Thomas THR 09.23'40" 00.00'38" 8. 7 ESP 19730127 RUBIERA VIGIL Jos Luis AST 09.23'40" 00.00'38" 9. 66 ITA 19841114 NIBALI Vincenzo LIQ 09.23'40" 00.00'38" 10. 52 NED 19860531 GESINK Robert* RAB 09.23'41" 00.00'39" 11. 161 ESP 19760929 SEVILLA Oscar RRC 09.23'41" 00.00'39" 12. 16 GER 19710917 VOIGT Jens SAX 09.23'42" 00.00'40" 13. 61 ITA 19771126 BASSO Ivan LIQ 09.23'44" 00.00'42" 14. 33 USA 19780313 DANIELSON Thomas GRM 09.23'44" 00.00'42" 15. 46 BEL 19860912 SEELDRAEYERS Kevin* QST 09.23'53" 00.00'51" 16. 163 ESP 19760309 MANCEBO Francisco RRC 09.23'58" 00.00'56" --- 17. 47 BEL 19770209 VAN DE WALLE Jurgen QST 09.25'14" 00.02'12" 18. 55 NED 19861126 MOLLEMA Bauke* RAB 09.25'16" 00.02'14" --- 19. 42 ESP 19810605 BARREDO Carlos QST 09.27'34" 00.04'32" 20. 56 GER 19751103 NIERMANN Grischa RAB 09.27'34" 00.04'32" 21. 13 LUX 19800415 SCHLECK Frnk SAX 09.27'42" 00.04'40" 22. 82 ESP 19690603 CUESTA LOPEZ DE CASTRO Inigo CTT 09.27'47" 00.04'45" --- 23. 36 USA 19861224 PETERSON Thomas* GRM 09.28'58" 00.05'56" 24. 21 USA 19730629 HINCAPIE George THR 09.29'01" 00.05'59" 25. 112 USA 19781030 ZIRBEL Tom BPC 09.29'02" 00.06'00" 26. 111 USA 19780922 JACQUES-MAYNES Ben BPC 09.29'03" 00.06'01" 27. 51 ESP 19760215 FREIRE GOMEZ Oscar RAB 09.29'05" 00.06'03" 28. 88 NZL 19810110 ROULSTON Hayden CTT 09.29'05" 00.06'03" 29. 101 USA 19751014 LANDIS Floyd OCM 09.29'06" 00.06'04" 30. 31 USA 19760522 VANDEVELDE Christian GRM 09.29'06" 00.06'04" Some others... 47. 15 USA 19730903 MCCARTNEY Jason SAX 09.37'23" 00.14'21" 48. 18 AUS 19730806 O'GRADY Stuart SAX 09.37'41" 00.14'39" 49. 104 CAN 19840110 EVANS Cameron OCM 09.37'52" 00.14'50" 50. 106 USA 19820124 MCCARTY Jonathan Patrick OCM 09.37'53" 00.14'51" 52. 37 CAN 19770509 TUFT Svein GRM 09.38'15" 00.15'13" 56. 12 LUX 19850610 SCHLECK Andy* SAX 09.39'46" 00.16'44" 63. 83 NOR 19780118 HUSHOVD Thor CTT 09.44'19" 00.21'17" 64. 41 BEL 19801015 BOONEN Tom QST 09.44'19" 00.21'17" 89. 22 GBR 19850521 CAVENDISH Mark* THR 09.52'52" 00.29'50" 105. 162 USA 19710301 HAMILTON Tyler RRC 09.53'04" 00.30'02" 111. 81 ESP 19750422 SASTRE CANDIL Carlos CTT 09.53'13" 00.30'11"

Locations

Sausalito, California
United States
37° 51' 22.7916" N, 122° 29' 42.7992" W
Santa Cruz, California
United States
36° 58' 40.458" N, 122° 2' 0.096" W

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