Friday, February 23, 2007

Solvang Time Trial

It's a gorgeous day in Solvang and this is the day Levi could lose the lead...
With the top of the standings crowded with guys within seconds from Levi in the overall GC classification, today's individual time trials could upset the field considerably.
Jens Voight and Chris Horner will be looking to make their way to first place....
World time trial champion Fabian Cancellera is the favored rider to win the stage.
Usual time trial fav David Zabrinske is out of the race, having been caught in the disastrous crash-up in Santa Rosa on Monday.
Updates as they come...

BTW, Google and Adobe has provided an amazing coverage of the race online... otherwise you can catch an edited replay on the Versus cable channel at 8PM.

And meanwhile.... can I just say word about Discovery Channel? Last year they pretty much sucked in the Tour de France. Maybe it was the loss of Lance, their formidable leader for so many years, maybe it was the drug allegations. This year they have reassembled a strong and very disciplined team. No one does strategy like Bruyneel's team. This year, in the Tour of California, here at the very beginning of the cycling season, they are making their re-emergence known.
Right now the team is in 8th place, but really they can't really do much except protect the yellow jersey. Things could change with the time trial.
Jason McCartney is only 17 seconds behind Levi, and he's 6th in the KOM race. After a bout with food poisoning on Monday, he's back proving himself to the team.
Hincapie is the current American Road Racing champion, and is focused on the Paris-Roubaix in April.
Basso, who returns to racing after being cleared of the Spanish drug scandal last year, will defend his Tour of Italy title in May. His leg got banged in the crash on Monday, so he's lagging a bit lately.
Tom Danielson, a young American rider, won the Tour of Austria last year and will lead Discovery in this year's Tour of Georgia in April.

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