Tour of California: Stage 5

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.

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 links: * VeloNews Stage 5 summary * DailyPeloton Stage 5 summary * Stage 5 results * DailyPeloton Stage 5 Rider Comments (including Julich blog) * Levi Leipheimer Stage 5 journal * Graham Watson Stage 5 Gallery * Grassy Knoll Stage 5 media * Team CSC Stage 5 video

Stage profile (from official Amgen Tour of California site):

stage 5 profile

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Comments (2)

PJ:

Graham Watson's photos are amazing. I always check him out during the Tour de France, but I forgot to take a look for the TOC.

The live video feed is cool, it just needs a full screen toggle button on the flash player.

kwc:

Yeah, GW's photos are a constant reminder that mine are leagues behind, though I wouldn't mind having a motorcycle to ferry me around the race course :). Would have made Sierra Road a lot easier.

It does get a bit hard to recognize what you're seeing on the tiny flash vids. I paid for the Giro stream and it was impossible to tell what I was watching without the CyclingNews live coverage page. I don't think the Internet is quite up to good quality streaming sports feeds just yet. The Amgen feeds is an improvement over the Giro at least in that you have the text status next to the video to clue you in and it's free.

I was surprised that today's coverage on ESPN2 was actually cut fairly well. Sherwen did seem to ignore the KOM factor, but other than that, we got to see the major elements of the race: Voigt's breakaway, Levi's attack, the top of the mountain, the catch on the descent, and the sprint.

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