Hincapie again! (very similar again, in fact)
This was a fairly predictable stage. Going back to my previous entry, Voigt (CSC) did go on a breakaway along with Ekimov (Discovery), Lang (Gerolsteiner), and Reistad (Jelly Belly), but they were all caught on the final climb. Leipheimer attacked and took the KOM lead. The peloton then came back together on the descent and all of Discovery went up to the front, setting up another sprint win for Hincapie. Leipheimer's attack for the KOM points was a threat to Landis' lead, but Levi probably didn't expect to get away for the stage win (update: he didn't, but he went for it anyway... and he didn't care about the KOM points but they'll defend it now). Barring any major incident, Landis has it all wrapped up. Maybe we'll get to see Gord Fraser get a stage win or Haedo could go for a hat trick.
photos by Graham Watson
There some rearrangement in the non-GC classifications. Hincapie took back the the green sprinter's jersey from Haedo and Leipheimer's attack on the final climb got him the KOM jersey that he wanted.
Today was the first day that I got to really try out the live coverage on the Amgen Tour of California site. Very, very nice. The live video feed wasn't working for me yesterday but it came in fairly well today, except near the end of the race, where perhaps a lot of people decided to start tuning in. Wish the Grand Tours (Giro/Vuelta/Tour) would have live video and status updates of the same caliber. It saves me from having to listen to Bob Roll mispronounce for an hour.
Stage profile (from official Amgen Tour of California site):