Dramatic Finish: Landis Wins Gold
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Day: Sunday the 26th
Start: Redondo Beach
Sprints: Laps 3, 5, 7
Finish: Redondo Beach
Start Time: 1:00 PM
Finish ETA: 3:43-4:11 PM
Race Format: Circuit Race
Notes: 10 laps @ 7.65 mi/ea
Stage 7 Results | Photos + Video | Press Release
The first seven stages of the Tour of California were exciting, and the final stage didn't disappoint, either. An early attack by Glen Chadwick of Navigators built an advantage of almost 8 minutes after a big pileup in the peloton on the first lap. The peloton went neutral, meaning they slowed their pace to let the fallen riders get back up and catch up. But the break kept going. Chadwick, joined by Aaron Olsen of Prodir, Scott Zwizanksi of OSN Kodak and Davide Frattini of Colavita, built such a large lead that Chadwick became the overall Tour leader.
Then the peloton kicked into gear.
The field ate up 2 minutes per lap, catching the leaders on the final lap. There were several small attacks, but Olaf Pollack won the stage in a field sprint. That win also gave him the green jersey, as he edged out George Hincapie, who had held the jersey this morning.
Levi Leipheimer won the King of the Mountain title. CSC won best overall team, and Glen Chadwick won Adobe Most Aggressive Rider for the day.
But the day belonged to Floyd Landis. He won the golden jersey and the inaugural Tour of California. He walked onto stage, grinning from ear to ear, clearly happy to win a major Tour in the United States.
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Top Viewing Spots
Redondo Beach1) Harbor Drive south of Beryl - Start / Finish line, clearly lots of action
2) Catalina Ave between Diamond St and Torrance Blvd - you get to see the racers coming and going, should be a very fast section
3) Esplanade between Avenue A and Avenue I - long straight section right along the ocean, very picturesque
4) Paseo de la Playa at Calle Mayor - feed zone, pick up some free team bottles
5) Paseo de la Playa up to Palos Verdes Blvd. - relatively steep 500 foot climb that will result in some serious efforts
6) Palos Verdes Blvd as as it turns onto Catalina Ave and heads for the Sprint line - fast and furious, announcer stage, lots of action
7) Catalina between Avenue A and Avenue I - long straight downhill section, should be a very fast section
8) Catalina Ave north of Beryl - short up hill section where teams will be battling for position one last time before the finishing straight
9) Corner of Herondo and Harbor Drive - Last corner, where a sprinter sits at this corner will determine whether or not he wins the sprint
10) Harbor Drive - 1000 meter finishing straight with a slight left bend, expect some very high speeds