Stage 4: Dominique Rollin Wins an Epic Stage 4 Solo
Seaside: Goat Trail Loop
Novice mountain bikers can start with Goat Trail/ #41 (park at Fort Ord’s Creekside Terrace Trailhead, off Portola Drive, and pick up a trail map). For a real muscle-cramper, use the map to link a few trails in a long loop. It’s roller-coaster fun.
Trailhead: Fort Ord Public Lands, Seaside
Length: 3 to 22 miles (various loops)
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Website: More info
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ROUTE DETAILSDay: Thursday, Feb 21
Finish: San Luis Obispo
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End ETA: 3:26-4:25 PM
Stage 4 Results | Video | Press Release
The Toyota-United rider attacked his breakaway companions of many hours to hike off on his own in the final 15 miles.
He held off a chase by Spaniard Iker Camano Ortuzar of Saunier Duval-Scott and the popular American George Hincapie of High Road in the final miles.
Hincapie took second place about 19 seconds behind and the pack finished less than 3 minutes behind after more than 7 hours in the saddle, mostly in the rain.
Race leader Levi Leipheimer’s Astana team controlled the day as the early breakaway slowly fell apart to attrition, and then disintegrated after Rollin's attack.
Rollin, the 2006 Canadian road champion, started the day almost 25 minutes out of the overall lead, and was no threat to Leipheimer's lead.
Throughout the day riders in the break and in the peloton fell victim to the distance, the cold rain and a ugly stomach bug that has been making its rounds of the field and the support crews.
BMC's Jackson Stewart who was snagging mountain points from his breakaway companions early in the day, later fell off the breakaway, then quit the race and was being treated by race doctors for hypothermia.
Stage 4 Profile
San Luis Obispo
Fair, 54 F
Thu - Sunny. High: 57 Low: 40
Fri - Sunny. High: 60 Low: 38
Sat - Sunny. High: 64 Low: 41
Sun - Sunny. High: 68 Low: 44
Mon - Sunny. High: 72 Low: 49
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