Stage 3: Gesink gets the Stage, Leipheimer in Yellow.
San Martin: Willow Springs loop
For regular fat-tire riders, this loop offers a good workout. The route: up Willow Springs Trail, left on Harvey Bear Trail, right on Coyote Ridge Trail, right on San Ysidro Trail, left on Willow Springs trail to return. The reward: vast hilltop views, verdant meadows, lush oak and buckeye forests.
Trailhead: Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park, San Martin Ave., San Martin
Length: 8-mile loop
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ROUTE DETAILSDay: Wed., Feb 20
Finish: San José
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End ETA: 1:49-2:52 PM
Stage 3 Results | Video | Press Release
The two got a gap on the Cat. 1 Sierra Road climb and held off a steaming pack of about 20 chasers for the final 20 miles to the finish in San Jose. The chase group included CSC's Fabian Cancellara, who had become the leader on the road when the man in yellow at the start, Slipstream-Chipotle's Tyler Farrar, dropped out mid-race with a stomach bug.
Leipheimer and Gesink — the TOC's best young rider last year — finished with enough of a gap for Leipheimer to take the yellow leader's jersey. The diminutive Leipheimer, the third place rider at the 2007 Tour de France and defending champion in the Tour of California, tucked in behind the powerful, 6-foot-1 Dutch rider Gesink for much of the final 20 miles.
The stage served up a 102.7-mile leg-breaker from Modesto to San Jose, with five categorized climbs, including the hors categorie grind to the 4360-foot summit of Mt. Hamilton and the 2000-foot Cat. 1 Sierra Road ascent, which has been decisive in previous editions of the tour.
Results1. Robert Gesink (Nl), Rabobank
2. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana
3. Jurgen Vandewalle (B), Quick Step
4. Kevin Seeldraeyers (B), Quick Step
5. Mauricio Ardila(Col), Rabobank
6. Thomas Peterson (USA), Slipstream
7. Christopher Horner (USA), Astana
8. Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col), Rabobank
9. Alexandre Moos (Swi), BMC
10. Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col), Rock Racing
Stage 3 Profile
Fair, 55 F
Wed - Sunny. High: 75 Low: 49
Thu - Sunny. High: 76 Low: 49
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