Time Trial 5: Levi Wins, Stays Overall Leader
Ojai: Ojai Valley Trail
This bike path follows the old Southern Pacific Railroad grade, so it remains fairly level. For most of the way, you’re edged by soaring peaks, topped by snow in winter. The route ends in downtown Ventura, just five blocks from the beach.
Trailhead: Libby Park, Ojai
Length: 16 miles, one way
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Website: More info
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ROUTE DETAILSDay: Friday, Feb 23
Start Time: 11:00 AM
Finish ETA: Time Trial; varies by number of participants.
Stage 5 Results | Video | Press Release
Under sunny skies in Solvang, Calif., Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team's Levi Leipheimer, of Santa Rosa, Calif., further built on his overall lead in today's critical time trial, besting Team CSC's Jens Voigt (GER) by 18 seconds after an eagerly awaited showdown between the two cyclists.
"I've been looking forward to this race for a year now, and for me it's a dream come true to be leading the Amgen Tour of California," said Leipheimer. "I think I sprinted harder today because I didn’t know if I had won. I had nothing left. The moral on Discovery is sky high."
State officials estimate that 1 million fans have attended the 2007 Amgen Tour of California since the San Francisco Prologue on Sunday, putting the race on pace to break its own record as the largest sporting event in California.
Stage 5 - Top 51. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery, 29:40.44
2. Jens Voigt (G), CSC, at 0:18
3. Jason McCartney (USA), Discovery, at 0:24
4. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), CSC, at 0:37
5. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery, at 0:40
Overall - Top 51. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, 18:21:52
2. Jens Voigt (G), CSC, at 0:21
3. Jason McCartney (USA), Discovery Channel, at 0:54
4. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, at 1:06
5. Stuart O'Grady (Aus), CSC, at 1:20