Tour of California concludes with victory for California's Floyd Landis
Olaf Pollack Wins Second Consecutive Stage in Southern CaliforniaRedondo Beach, CA, February 26, 2006 – With the finale of the eight-day Amgen Tour of California cycling road race continuing to draw fans in droves to Redondo Beach to total more than 1.3 million spectators for the week, California resident Floyd Landis of the Phonak Hearing Systems Team was crowned the overall winner of the first-annual event with a total time of 22.46’46”. Fellow Americans David Zabriskie and Bobby Julich, both of Team CSC, finished second and third, respectively.
For the second day in a row, T-Mobile Team’s Olaf Pollack (GER) won the stage, which consisted of 10 laps at 7.56 miles each. Juan Jose Haedo (ARG) of Toyota-United Pro Cycling capped a successful race with second place in the final stage. Pollack’s teammate Andre Greipel from Austria rounded out the podium placing third in today’s stage.
An early breakaway of four riders escaped on the first of ten laps. Davide Frattini (ITA) from Colavita Olive Oil – Sutter Home, Aaron Olsen (USA) of Prodir-Saunier Duval, Scott Zwizanski (USA) of KodakGallery.com/Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling Team and Glen Chadwick (AUS) from Navigators Insurance Cycling Team gained an advantage of 2'20” with nine laps remaining. The field followed, spread across the road and content to let the group of four show their strength to the estimated 200,000 Southern Californians who stood several-deep to watch.
The gap grew to almost 8', the largest gap of any of the stages, with eight laps to go until Chris Horner (USA) of Davitamon-Lotto went to the front and began to single-handedly bring the group back. With the time gap allowed to the breakaway, Chadwick became the race leader on the road. Horner then brought his entire Davitamon-Lotto team to the front. Halfway through the race, the gap was reduced to 4'40".
With approximately three miles left in the race, Team CSC led the chase to bring back the four riders who had been at the head of the race for more than 70 of the stage’s 76.5 miles. CSC’s efforts benefited Pollack, who enjoyed the honor of winning the final stage of the inaugural race. Landis finished safely in 24th place to secure his overall victory and the
Amgen Leader Jersey.
“As far as I can tell everything went perfect,” said Landis. “I don’t know if this race would have been possible a few years ago. Obviously Lance brought a lot of fans to cycling, and hopefully we can keep them here.”
“This has been a vision and a mission statement that we’ve had for four years,” said
Timothy J. Leiweke, President and CEO of AEG, the presenters of the Amgen Tour of California. “We’ve wanted to put cycling on the map because the greatest cyclists come from this country. We will not rest until we allow them to have the best event in all of cycling in their home country.”
As part of the Breakaway from Cancer initiative, today Amgen announced a $1.1 million donation to The Wellness Community. The Wellness Community is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope for people affected by cancer, at no cost. The presentation was made in Redondo Beach, Calif., during closing ceremonies of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California.
“Amgen is proud of our sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California, a thrilling race that saw the world’s best cyclists battle it out on some of the most punishing – and spectacular – terrain that California has to offer,” said Kevin Sharer, Chairman and CEO, Amgen. “As a company dedicated to tapping the power of pioneering science to fight serious illness, we are equally proud of our partnership with The Wellness Community and delighted to celebrate their extraordinary work on behalf of the millions of people who are affected by cancer.”
Pollack’s win today gave him the final Clif Bar Sprint Jersey. Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Gerolsteiner had enough points following yesterday’s stage to take the California Travel and Tourism King of the Mountain Jersey. Despite a crash on the first lap, Tom Peterson (USA) of Team TIAA-CREF won the Union Bank Best Young Rider Jersey, and Chadwick’s active role in today’s race earned him the Adobe Most Aggressive Jersey.
For full results, official times, archived footage, photos and play-by-play from today’s stage of the Amgen Tour of California, please visit the official race Web site at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. For images from today’s stage and the week, please go to www.gettyimages.com.
A one-hour recap of the final stage of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California will be broadcast on ESPN2 tonight at 10 p.m. PST.
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