Stage 1: Haedo Wins, Leipheimer stays in yellow
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Day: Monday the 20th
Sprints: "Point Reyes Station Occidental"
Finish: Santa Rosa
Start Time:11:00 AM
Finish ETA: 2:01-2:32 pm
Race Format: Road Race
Notes: 3 finish circuits @ 3.1 mi/ea
Stage 1 Results | Photos + Video | Press Release
Argentinian cyclist Juan Jose Haedo won stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California today. In a dramatic field sprint, Haedo shot to the front and stayed there in the final 50 meters to the finish line.
Today's stage saw a 40+ mile breakaway by Jackson Stewart of KodakGallery.com/Sierra Nevada Pro and Jean Marc Marino of Credit Agricole. The pair jumped away from the Peleton early on and stretched their lead to 3:20 before a concerted effort by the peleton caught them just outside Santa Rosa. The pair weren't sure whether they'd make it all the way to Santa Rosa alone, said Stewart: "(Marino) was really strong and I felt that I was riding really well. But, I knew how much Levi wanted to come into his hometown with that (leader) jersey, and he showed it from the gun. We kind of had mixed thoughts if we were going to make it or not."
Stewart sprinted away from Marino to capture the Pt Reyes sprint.
Levi Leipheimer kept his yellow jersey, to the delight of his hometown crowd, and himself. "I’ve been dreaming for month, training the whole winter, every day, thinking about the possibility of winning the prologue and bringing the yellow jersey into my hometown," said Levi, "and then to actually realize that dream is something I can’t describe. It’s an amazing feeling."
But the day belonged to Juan Jose Haedo. His sprint to the line won the race after three fast, furious laps through the streets of downtown Santa Rosa.
"The team worked for me to stay safe in the front, and then I was on my own (for) the last part. I almost crashed at about 1(kilometer), but I really decided to go and win the race. I just went as hard as I could and I went a little bit early. It was really good, eh?", said Haedo, with a smile. "I'm really surprised that I had that big of a gap. With nine ProTour teams, I was really surprised and at the same time, I worked for that, and I think I kicked at the right spot. It was very emotional."
Jackson Stewart captured the Adobe Most Aggressive jersey. Zachary Grabowski is the current Best Young Rider, and Bernhard Kohl is the current King of the Mountain. Haeda now wears the green Sprinter's jersey, thanks to his win today.
For photos and video clips from today's stage, please visit the Adobe Live Race Coverage page.