Tour of California: Stage 7

Olaf Pollack again! Seven stages with three riders (Pollack, Haedo, Hincapie) getting two stage wins a piece. CSC and Lotto tried to get their rides up through the sprint but were outsprinted by Pollack yet again. Pollack's win came with an additional prize: the green sprinter's jersey, which he took away from Hincapie.

Navigators, Prodir, Colativa, and Kodak/Sierra Nevada put riders into an early break that got way ahead due to a crash in the field that was one of the few downpoints of the Tour -- Tom Peterson (Best Young Rider) and Sebastian Lang (yesterday's Most Aggressive Rider) were among those that got scrapped up and Lang had to abandon. The breakaway built up a lead of 7:50 before the peloton started to nail it back.

By all accounts, this looks like it was a very successful inaugural year. The riders were gushing in their post-stage 6 interviews, the California towns were loving the extra visitors, and the attendance may break a million, which makes for both happy organizer and happy fans. And what's not to like? It's freezing cold in Belgium, where many of the pro team teammates are off racing Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne and Omloop Het Volk, and, as Floyd Landis put it, where else can you race everyday and eat an In-n-Out burger afterwards?

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

stage 7 profile

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