Tuesday updates

  • Podium Cafe and tdfblog have their takes on Stage 1's Levi Rule. A lot of attention has been paid on Ben Jacques-Maynes, a different local California rider who could have been in the overall lead today instead. But we should also note that Bobby Julich and Michael Rogers would have also been really big winners. I like Ben -- I shot him at the ToC, Sea Otter, and Burlingame Crit last year (photos) -- but Priority Health isn't exactly having a stellar Tour of California this year. Six of their riders got dropped off the peloton prior to Santa Rosa in stage 1 and three of their riders have already been involved in crashes in today's stage 2 (including running into a spectator). With Zabriskie out of the picture, Julich is the highest placed rider from last year, and Michael Roger's time trial ability is a big strength for the ToC course.
  • Brown won yesterday's stage cleanly, but Tom Steels has filed a letter of protest for his sprinting behavior at the Tour of Qatar that ended with Steels getting a broken collarbone and head stitches.
  • Christophe Laurent has spent lead the long breakaway today, which shows the amazing resilience of these riders. Laurent is the same rider who was one of the last to get going after yesterday's pileup. I think he was waiting for a bike, but I detected a touch of pain as well:

Christophe Laurent

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