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MBGP Final Crash Sequence

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Fast Freddie Crash by  Cleaveran O. Law

Photo by Cleaveran O. Law

Jelly Belly's Nic Sanderson took the notorious final turn a bit hot and ended up taking out Fast Freddie. In didn't interfere with his leadout for Rahsaan Bahati, who jumped onto Brad Huff's wheel and sprinted for the win. Despite a full flip over the handlebars, Freddie didn't look any worse for the wear when he showed up at the finish line to congratulate teammate Rahsaan Bahati. Cleaveran Law was there to snap the photos while everyone else was off shooting the tame finish line.

Crash Photo Sequence, via Marco Off the Front

Ronde van Brisbeen Circuit Race 2008

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Freddie Rodriguez - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Men's Cat 3 - (c) Ken Conley Men's Cat 3 - (c) Ken Conley

BMC Break - (c) Ken Conley BMC Break - (c) Ken Conley

yes, I blew the finish shot and tried to hide it with bad creative photoshopping...

Ronde van Brisbeen 2008 Circuit Race Photos

Stage 2 of Ronde van Brisbeen is a 1.7-mile circuit race in the Brisbane Highlands. This year's event was brutal with its smack-you-in-the-face headwind on the climb to the finish. Gusts were strong enough to knock over the hay bales used in the turns.

BMC led an attack on nearly every lap up this climb with Cal Giant covering, which quickly shelled most of the pack. Surprise entry Freddie Rodriguez looked fairly comfortable in the lead group, having just finished off a burrito 15 minutes before race time. BMC sprung a two-man break with Nathan Miller and Brent Bookwalter that quickly gained a minute lead. A Cal Giant rider tried to bridge but the windy conditions were too much. Fast Freddie tried to pull it back, but he eventually found himself accompanied by only two riders: one of them from BMC.

I used this race to practice for the Tour de Georgia. You can probably tell from the gallery what shots I was practicing. I don't like going for the special effects shots too much, but they're fun in small doses.

Results

Ronde van Brisbeen 2008 Circuit Race Photos

Amazingly, Vaitkus is the only rider not to start (shattered thumb). Everyone else is "sore" (quotes from cyclingnews live report):

  • Thor: "Thor fell heavily on his right side and has damaged his sciatic nerve. He has pain but he's a tough rider who will still be our protected man again today." A thousand PMU green hands couldn't take Thor out.
  • Hincapie: Sore knee
  • Bennati: Sore hip but will start. "We have decided that it’s best for him to take it easy today and instead of working for Daniele - the team’s objective is to protect Danilo Napolitano instead."
  • Fast Freddie: Sore collarbone. See also: Fast Freddie saved by Ti?](http://www.velonews.com/tour2007/news/articles/12658.0.html)
  • Cancellara: Sore wrist, but still strong enough to grab the stuffed lion and hoist the flowers. Vande Velde diary: "The Swiss bear was down but not out, he came back to dinner, loud as ever, turning on Shakira full blast during dinner. And to make it worse, he tries to sing along."
  • Cavendish: Sore left knee
  • McEwen: Stiff knee and back from Stage 1
  • Quinziato: Multiple contusions
  • Forster: Cut to left elbow. "Tonight it starts to hurt," he wrote, "I am all taped up and bathed in ice." (source)
  • Schleck: Sore elbow -- he's been riding near the back of the peloton, chatting away

Steegmans wins - DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Cancellara - DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Photos by DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images
CRASH!

An ugly stage but good one for Quick Step as they went one-two in the sprint. Boonen didn't come around his own leadout man Gert Steegmans for the race finish, but he had no real reason to: they outsprinted the rest of the pack by several bike lengths.

The big story of this stage was a major pileup that occurred just before the finish. Only about 20 riders made it through as the crash covered the whole width of the road. Erik Zabel clipped out, which caused him to sweep hard right near the front of the peloton and take out a Liquigas rider. The riders pinballed left and right, crashing into barriers on both sides. Cancellara came in holding his arm as did Vaitkus (Discovery) and Fast Freddie (Lotto). Hincapie appears shaken from this photo as well. The injury reports won't be pretty after this one. Vino gave a little prayer as he crossed the finish line, probably to give thanks for making it uninjured.

Fast Freddie - DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Vaitkus - DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images

photos by DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images

The stage had been fairly sleepy up until that point. Marcel Sieberg (Milram), Ruben Perez (Euskaltel), and Cedric Herve (Agritubel) went in a break at 18k and lasted until 3k to go. There was a bit of infighting over the intermediate sprints as Sieberg was unhappy with Herve trying to take more than one prize, but, with the exception of a minor crash by Frank Schleck, there was little drama until the big pileup at the end.

Tour de Georgia Stage 6: Fast Freddie

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Fast Freddie took the win today and put Predictor-Lotto on the board. The sprinters finally got their chance in the Tour de Georgia after earlier chances were spoiled by long breakaways and last-minute flyers. Toyota-United and CSC controlled the peloton today as Discovery Channel was able to sit back and watch as the two other teams setup their sprinters. Health Net tried to throw some riders off the front in the final miles -- even Toyota-United's Ivan Stevic tried to get in on the second attempt -- but it all came down to a field sprint. CSC has to be unhappy going into the final day of the TdG as they're still with no stage wins as Freddie outhrew JJ Haedo for the win. George Hincapie was a surprising third and David Millar a surprising fourth, Ivan Dominguez took fifth, which makes me question all of Ivan Stevic's last-minute attacks.

The most ambitious break on the day was a 22-man break that included Tom Danielson, Dave Zabriskie, and Nathan O'Neill, but it didn't last very long. Instead, a smaller break with Maarten Wynants (Quick Step), Olivier Kaisen (Predictor-Lotto), and Glen Alan Chadwick (Navigators) stayed away until the final lap in Stone Mountain Park.

Prologue Videos

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Just in case Versus didn't give you enough coverage, I've posted some videos from the finishing stretch of various riders: Julich, Hincapie, Hushovd, Rogers, Fast Freddie.

NOTE: Video shot by offtopicartistan, with the camera on loan from parakkum. I apologize for my CSC hat blocking the video from time to time.

Tour de Georgia Stage 4

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I didn't think Fast Freddie would get his win until stage 6, but he was strong enough to hold off another attempt by discovery to setup Popovych for a win. It was Jason McCartney who nearly ruled the day. After being the lone survivor of the major break of the day, he was caught on the descent from the final KOM climb. It only took him three minutes to catch his breath and join another attack, but he was reeled in again -- there would be no repeat of his victory from two years ago (at least not this year).

A surprise move was Dave Zabriskie joining the major break. Phonak obviously wasn't going to let that one fly, but Zabriskie noted that he made the attack for two reasons: he wasn't going to win on Brasstown Bald and he wanted to do something to recognize recovering American rider Saul Raisin, who is recovering from a crash that led to a medically-induced coma.

Prediction check: I predicted Ekimov or someone else on a crazy breakaway -- Discovery teammate Jason McCartney went for that crazy breakaway -- twice -- but admitted he just didn't have the legs to pull it off this time around.

Tour de Georgia Stage 2

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Popo! Discovery Channel's up-and-coming phenom Yaroslav Popovych pulled of a good bit of strategy on what was expected to be a bunch sprint. Discovery took control of the front of the peloton and launched Popo on a hill in the final kilometer. The strategy was great -- Haedo and Freddie froze, neither wanting to waste their legs chasing, and by the time the chase started it was too late. Haedo, Freddie, Manion, and Menzies were left to duke it out for second as Popo crossed the line six seconds ahead.

Alejandro Acton of Tragettraining spent a lot of time in a solo break today on what was a rainy day of racing. Acton was caught at the KOM point near the finish. Sea Otter winner Matty Rice gave it a go with one lap to go on the finishing circuit in Rome, but he was caught as well. Stage 1 winner Lars Michaelsen took second place in the second sprint point, so he may have padded his lead going into tomorrow's stage, but most likely he was just trying to help teammate Dave Zabriskie out by making sure no one else was taking that time bonus -- Zabriskie wants to start as late in the order as possible in the time trial. With the current standings, Zabriskie will have to sit tight and watch as Landis and Danielson roll in. I'm looking forward to seeing the field finally sort itself out.

Prediction check: JJ Haedo finished second

Tour of California: Stage 4

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Haedo again! Wow, and to think that after his first victory Bob Roll was still having trouble pronouncing Haedo and now the rider has two of the five stage victories so far. I know that this is early in the season for the pro teams, but second-place Freddie Rodriguez and the other big pro sprinters have got to be feeling a little stung, especially as Haedo rode Fast Freddie's wheel to victory out of the final bend.

The live text feeds for this race were crazy to follow The hilly Pacific Coast Highway provided endless opportunities for riders to attack and there seemed to be an endless barrage of attacks. The peloton wasn't letting most of the attacks last very long, but a ten-man breakaway managed to sneak away that was whittled down to a two man break of Discovery's Gusev and Navigators' Chadwick. It was Toyota and CSC that reeled in Gusev and Chadwick with about 6km to go so that their sprinters would have a chance -- Toyota's effort was the most rewarded. A partial list of riders who attempted a breakaway includes: Horner, O'Grady, Barry, Danielson, Voigt, Raisin, Creed, Bak, Zampieri, Savoldelli, Pinotti, McCormack, Ekimov, Kreipel, Gusev, Chadwick, Lewis, Johnson, Frattini, and Marino. Don't even ask me to count how many breakaways there were.

The race organizers definitely didn't expect the queen stage of this Tour to be so fast. The official site lists the finish ETA at 3:22-4:19 PM. The actual finish time was about 3:10, which is a screaming pace (25mph) for such a long and undulating stage. Apparently the Broom Wagon collecting riders abandoning got full enough that it had to dump riders off at a feed point.

In the stages mini-KOM battle, Leipheimer outbattled Kohl for the first KOM point, which may mean that Levi is interested in walking away with a KOM jersey before all is said and done. Levi gained one point on Kohl and is now trailing 20-15.

CSC has three stages left to pull something off. CSC rider Lars Bak was voted Most Aggressive for his presence in five breakaway attempts, but Chris Horner's presence ruined the break with the best chance. CSC also did a lot of work up front near the end protecting Julich/Zabriskie and trying to setup Stuart O'Grady for the sprint, but was unable to place.

Stage links: * VeloNews Stage 4 Summary * Stage 4 Results * Daily Peloton Stage 4 Rider Comments * Levi Leipheimer Stage 4 journal * Graham Watson Stage 4 photos * Grassy Knoll Stage 4 media

Stage profile (from offical Amgen Tour of California Site):

stage 4 profile

Tour of California: Stage 1

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The collective wisdom today was that today would be a finish for sprinter's and that Freddie Rodriguez would make a go of it. The pre-race analysis was correct, but I don't think anyone put Juan Jose Haedo of Toyota on their short list of potential winners. The sprint setup was led by Fast Freddie's Lotto Davitamon team, which couldn't keep the pace fast enough. T-Mobile took over going into the final bends and seemed to have the advantage, but, as the sprinters emerged from the small dip before the finish, it was Haedo who was far in front of the rest of the pack and took the win easily (online video ). T-Mobile's Davis took a distant second and CSC's Stuart O'Grady third. Toyota is a brand new team and this is a very big first victory.

Kodak's Jackson Stewart made a go of it today. Stewart's name was already getting ingrained in my head as he was the first rider up the hill during the prologue and also one of the two Kodak/Sierra Nevada riders that was at the introduction of the San Jose stage routes. Stewart and Jean Marc Marino of Credit Agricole broke away from the pack today and built up a lead of over three minutes. Discovery's Gusev and McCartney attacked the peloton on the final climb before Santa Rosa, which pretty much spelled the end of Stewart's/Marino's breakaway as their lead was slashed. Stewart and Marino were caught as the peloton reached Santa Rosa.

If it's any sign of the popularity of the Tour of California, I'll note that both CyclingNews and Amgen's official Tour site had trouble keeping their live update feeds running. Amgen's site was completely knocked out and CyclingNews was up and down. The crowds were reportedly huge in Levi Leipheimer's hometown of Santa Rosa -- possibly in the 30,000-50,000 range -- and Leipheimer's home crowd got to see him don the leader's jersey for another day as he was able to finish with the pack and maintain his overall lead.

No Flickr photos from me for this stage. I had to pass on this stage as four hours of driving for a probable sprint finish was a bit too much and I'm already taking time off work to watch Stage 2 and 3 in person.