Tour of California 2009 Stage 7: Nocentini Notches a win for AG2R

Nocentini - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley
Mavic - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley
Lance Armstrong - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley
Breakaway - (c) Ken Conley Big Hair Superfan - (c) Ken Conley

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Nocentini was a surprise winner, beating out a break that included the likes of Christian Vande Velde, George Hincapie, Frank Schleck, and Chris Baldwin. With most of the teams represented in the break, Astana was content to set tempo and keep the break at a comfortable three-minute lead.

I don't have a arms-raised finish photo to share -- Roulsten really looked to have the sprint, so I focused in on him. By the time I saw Nocentini raise his arms the buffer on my camera was full. I wasn't the only one to bet on Roulsten and loose the finish photo. The finishing straight was especially wide and with Roulsten on the far right and Nocentini on the far left, you had to pick your horse.

I rode today with in Mavic 2, the support car that follows the breakaway. Unfortunately, Astana was intent on reeling in nearly every breakaway that went. Svein Tuft and Oscar Sevilla were among the riders denied multiple times by Astana. As it was, we only got to jump into the support slow with 1km to go on Millcreek Summit, which limited the shooting opportunities. I was still happy to get some shots of the descent, Baldwin and Vande Velde chasing on, and Big Hair Superfan.

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Comments (1)

MB:

Great tunnel shot. Meant to say hi at the start today, but time moved faster than expected.

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