Governor Schwarzenegger Welcomes the Amgen Tour of CaliforniaLos Angeles, February 19, 2006 – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger presented awards to the leading riders at the conculsion first day of competition in the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race. The race is an 8-stage professional cycling event presented by AEG in which 16 world-class teams will cover more than 600 miles of California roadway spanning from San Francisco to Redondo Beach.
Governor Schwarzenegger discussed the positive impact of the race on statewide tourism and its charity partners, Best Buddies, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of intellectually disabled individuals, and The Wellness Community, an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope for all people affected by cancer.
“This race not only brings world-class cycling competition to our great state, but it showcases some of the most beautiful places to visit in California, from the pristine coast to modern, urban landscapes,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “In addition to displaying the diversity of California’s landscape, this event benefits two incredible organizations. Best Buddies and The Wellness Community work daily to better the lives of others and are an example to us all of what it truly means to give back to our communities.”
Other highlights of the day included Santa Rosa resident Levi Leipheimer leading an American sweep of the top five places. Leipheimer finished with a time of 4’53”43, nearly five seconds faster than second-place Julich, who had previously set the standard for the 25 remaining riders, which included the world time trial champion Michael Rogers (AUS) of T-Mobile Team. Julich’s time held up to close contests by Discovery Channel’s George Hincapie (USA), Floyd Landis (USA) of Phonak and David Zabriskie (USA) of Team CSC, who finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.
“After months of developing and planning this race, we were thrilled to see the tangible excitement in the city of San Francisco as demonstrated by the thousands of people who turned out to cheer on the riders,” said Timothy J. Leiweke, CEO and president, AEG, presenters of the eight-day, 600-mile race modeled after the Tour de France. “Judging from day one, Californians have a lot to look forward to in the week ahead.”
"Since our founding in 1980, Amgen has used the power of pioneering science to fight serious illness. Our mission is to serve patients," said George Morrow, executive vice president, global commercial operations, Amgen. "In line with that mission, we are sponsoring the Amgen Tour of California to underscore the value of a healthy lifestyle, promote recognition of the medical advances made possible through biotechnology and emphasize the proper use of our medicines. Amgen also created the Breakaway from Cancer initiative in partnership with Discovery Channel® professional cycling team member George Hincapie to raise awareness and funds for The Wellness Community."
Before the conclusion of the race in southern California on February 26, sixteen elite international and domestic cycling teams will traverse the state from north to south with scheduled stops in the following host cities: San Francisco, Sausalito, Santa Rosa, Martinez, San Jose, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks and Redondo Beach.
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