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But by turning the screws as early as it did, Garmin Barracuda sent the competition an important message: They have the firepower to control this race from start to finish.
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calculate just how much of a lead a chasing pack can close (about one minute for every six miles).
Today hard stage was an early opportunity to see if the American pre race statement of not here to contend was just a bluff. Had he been dropped, Garmin Barracuda might have crossed him off its list of potential challengers.
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a long chase on windswept coastal roads.
By the time they made a left turn off the PCL and began the steep, winding climb up Coleman Valley Road, the gap had dropped to nearly four minutes.
Second, a hard Nike Air Max 2015 For Girls climb up Coleman Valley might have also hurt the chances of several of the race pure sprinters, perhaps putting Heinrich Haussler the team fastest finisher, in a better position to win Stage 1. He finished second, a terrific result that will certainly boost the Australian confidence ahead of several stages that suit his talents.
Most riders hoping to win the overall title of a race like the Tour of California expect the first stage to be a mere formality. And in most cases it is. But today a breakaway of eight riders was given a very long a leash, and their gap at one point approached a whopping 11 minutes.
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First of all, it tested Omega Pharma Levi Leipheimer. The three time race champion came into this year tour admittedly out of shape following an early April crash and subsequent broken leg.
Today it was Liquigas rider Peter Sagan who made it, as the Slovak rode the adrenaline rush of a late race flat tire to his fifth ToC stage win.
It was an aggressive move for a team that feels it has its best chance in years to win the Tour of California. But why?
The team sent Alex Howes and David Zabriskie to the front to keep the pace high. Their efforts caused immediate damage as riders began falling off the back of the climbing pack. By the top of the climb, about 30 riders remained in the first chasing group and the breakaway advantage had lost another two minutes.
But today the peloton gambled, and it nearly lost. The breakaway approached the point of no return as it headed into the final hour. On the Pacific Coast Highway, Liquigas and RadioShack Nissan sent their two diesels Bicycling columnists King and Jens Voigt to the front in an attempt to bring the breakaway back quickly.
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