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Tour of California 2009 Stage 3: 110 Riders Tie, Levi Falls but Leads; Thor Hushovd Rules With Perfect Cervelo Train

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A lead group of four rode out almost all of a wet ride, dwindled to two, then the peloton munched them like a snack before dinner. Earlier in the day, Levi fell, catching Lance's back wheel, but got up for another bike and the Astana team caught up. Most of the day, Astana did the work, but as the end grew near, Team Columbia High Road appeared to be setting up for Mark Cavendish. In the last few turns, Cervelo buzzed through town and to the line with an incredible lead-out. It was not that large of a lead-out, but wow, it seemed perfectly timed and organized. Columbia High Road seemed to misfire. One strange part was when George Hincapie jetted out and forward to lead out Mark Cavendish, or maybe Mark Renshaw (who ended third behind Oscar Freire), only to find air behind. I don't know if Hincapie could have taken the stage had he not been trying to set up Cavendish, but Hincapie sure looked strong. With a later flog he might've taken better than 20th. Cavendish took fifth after Farrar, the top USA finisher. Check out the international nature of this day's finish, with 8 countries represented in the top 13. In the end, 110 riders posted the same time for the day (except for bonus seconds). Top 20 of Stage 3 Tour of California 2009... 1. 83 NOR 19780118 HUSHOVD Thor CTT 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 2. 51 ESP 19760215 FREIRE GOMEZ Oscar RAB 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 3. 27 AUS 19821022 RENSHAW Mark THR 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 4. 34 USA 19840602 FARRAR Tyler GRM 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 5. 22 GBR 19850521 CAVENDISH Mark* THR 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 6. 85 AUS 19791115 LANCASTER Brett CTT 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 7. 133 ARG 19830418 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian COL 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 8. 166 USA 19730903 RODRIGUEZ Freddy RRC 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 9. 91 SUI 19740627 ZBERG Markus BMC 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 10. 54 ESP 19740927 HORRILLO MUNOZ Pedro RAB 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 11. 63 ITA 19801127 CHICCHI Francesco LIQ 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 12. 73 SUI 19780923 ELMIGER Martin ALM 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 13. 41 BEL 19801015 BOONEN Tom QST 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 14. 107 AUS 19770617 MENZIES Karl OCM 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 15. 65 ITA 19870814 GUARNIERI Jacopo* LIQ 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 16. 17 ARG 19810126 HAEDO Juan Jos SAX 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 17. 18 AUS 19730806 O'GRADY Stuart SAX 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 18. 4 USA 19711023 HORNER Christopher AST 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 19. 115 USA 19770522 PIPP Frank BPC 04.28'12" 00.00'00" 20. 21 USA 19730629 HINCAPIE George THR 04.28'12" 00.00'00" The standings are mostly like yesterday for the overall general classification...and the same for those within a minute... 1. 1 USA 19731024 LEIPHEIMER Levi AST 13.51'14" 00.00'00" 2. 28 AUS 19791220 ROGERS Michael THR 13.51'38" 00.00'24" 3. 38 USA 19790112 ZABRISKIE David GRM 13.51'42" 00.00'28" 4. 2 USA 19710918 ARMSTRONG Lance AST 13.51'44" 00.00'30" 5. 4 USA 19711023 HORNER Christopher AST 13.51'48" 00.00'34" 6. 3 SLO 19831218 BRAJKOVIC Janez AST 13.51'52" 00.00'38" 7. 26 SWE 19840404 LVKVIST Thomas THR 13.51'52" 00.00'38" 8. 7 ESP 19730127 RUBIERA VIGIL Jos Luis AST 13.51'52" 00.00'38" 9. 66 ITA 19841114 NIBALI Vincenzo LIQ 13.51'52" 00.00'38" 10. 52 NED 19860531 GESINK Robert* RAB 13.51'53" 00.00'39" 11. 161 ESP 19760929 SEVILLA Oscar RRC 13.51'53" 00.00'39" 12. 16 GER 19710917 VOIGT Jens SAX 13.51'54" 00.00'40" 13. 61 ITA 19771126 BASSO Ivan LIQ 13.51'56" 00.00'42" 14. 33 USA 19780313 DANIELSON Thomas GRM 13.51'56" 00.00'42" 15. 46 BEL 19860912 SEELDRAEYERS Kevin* QST 13.52'05" 00.00'51" 16. 163 ESP 19760309 MANCEBO Francisco RRC 13.52'10" 00.00'56"

Locations

San Jose, California
United States
37° 19' 12.1872" N, 121° 52' 39.4896" W
Modesto, California
United States
37° 38' 43.7712" N, 120° 59' 19.5972" W
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