Tour of California Stage 7: Dominguez gets one for Toyota

Ivan Dominguez

CSC was doing an excellent job controlling the peloton on the final lap up to the final kilometer... and then lost it. CSC only had two leadout men left to pull JJ Haedo the final kilometer, which isn't nearly enough. The pack became chaos.

CSC's Stuart O'Grady was forced to jump over to the Liquigas train to keep the leadout for JJ Haedo going. Rabobank had a stunning acceleration to pull Graeme Brown all the way to the front. Liquigas's Luca Paolini couldn't come off of Brown's back wheel and ended up becoming the launching pad for Ivan Dominguez.

Dominguez jumped off Paolini's wheel to the left with Ciolek and Hushovd behind, but both could only follow as Dominguez nicked Brown on the line.

Stuart O'Grady tried to jump to the Gerolsteiner traint to given JJ Haedo a leadout but ended up gettng stuffed. Haedo jumped over to Paolini's wheel but got boxed in behind with Gerolsteiner's Forster to his right.

The peloton let a breakaway sit off the front for most of the race, which gave some of the other teams a chance to get some final press. Slipstream was particularly eager with the breaks, having sent Bill Frishkorn on a flier at the starting gun. They had Danny Pate and Steven Cozza in the main break of the day. Discovery got BMC's help up front and CSC did the final reel in. It was the easiest stage for Discovery this Tour and Levi got the overall win that he coveted.

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