2010 Amgen Tour of California – Stage 3 Recap, Results

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Via AToC: In a stage that exemplified the beautiful scenery and challenging terrain of California that make the state the perfect setting for a professional cycling race, Stage 3 of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California covered 113.3 miles/182.3 km of scenic California roadways.  In an epic battle for the stage win along a picturesque route that began in iconic San Francisco and ended at the famous beach boardwalk in sunny Santa Cruz, David Zabriskie (USA) of Garmin Transitions took the stage win and also secured the overall lead heading into Stage 4 tomorrow.

The picturesque route took the riders south down the California coastline on Highway 1, flanked by the Pacific Ocean on one side and Redwood forests on the other.  This coastal stage included three long, but moderate climbs on Tunitas Creek Rd., La Honda Rd. and Bonny Doon Rd. packed with local cycling fans, which was followed by lengthy and fast descents.  The sprint to the finish followed W. Cliff Dr. along Monterey Bay to an exhilarating conclusion to Stage 3 at the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

As the morning fog burned off in San Francisco to reveal blue skies l day, the riders lined up at the start line on The Great Highway and got Stage 3 off to a great start.  After a few failed breakaway attempts at the start of the stage, the peloton approached the first sprint in Pacifica, which was taken by Stage 1 winner Mark Cavendish (GBR) of HTC-Columbia, putting him in the lead in the points competition.  The first hour of the stage was marked by little attacks, mainly from QuickStep and HTC-Columbia, but the riders weren’t able to get anything to stick.

The next sprint in Half Moon bay was taken by Karl Menzies (AUS) of UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis, followed by Alexander Kristoff (NOR) of the BMC Racing Team and Cavendish.  As the riders continued on from the sprint a five-man break formed, which included Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) of BISSELL), Will Routley (CAN) of Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda, Eric Boily (CAN) of SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy, Davide Frattini (ITA) of Team Type 1 and Ryan Anderson (CAN) of Kelly Benefit Strategies.  With fans lining the street shoulder-to-shoulder on the lead up to the first King of the Mountains competition (KOM) on Tunitas Creek Road (Cat. 2 – 1,562 ft.), Frattini took the KOM win, followed by Anderson.

After going through the feed zone, the riders were quickly hit with another climb, Highway 84 (Cat. 3 – 1,427 ft.), which provided identical results to the first KOM – Frattini in first and Anderson is second.  After a quick descent, the cyclists faced the third KOM of the day, Pescadero Rd. (Cat. 4 – 1,053 ft.), which, once again, saw Frattini take the KOM, followed by Anderson.

Team RadioShack, with assistance from the Cervélo TestTeam, drove the field for most of the day and eventually swallowed up the break en route to the final climb of the day.  With the end of the race drawing near, several teams began to make their move and created a breakaway that consisted of three riders – Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Team RadioShack, Michael Rogers (AUS) of HTC-Columbia and Zabriskie.

With just under 20 miles to go on the route to Santa Cruz, the riders faced the largest climb of the day, Bonny Doon/Pine Flat Road (Cat. 2 – 2,135 ft.).  After many unsuccessful attempts by several teams to pull the break back, Zabriskie took the stage win in an all out sprint to the finish before thousands of fans at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

“I’ve been a runner up, but I’ve never won a stage here,” said Zabriskie.  “I’ve never touched the Amgen Leader Jersey since the Amgen Tour of California started.  Just to touch this jersey is quite an honor.”

In the awards ceremony for Stage 3, Zabriskie took the Amgen Race Leader Jersey; Cavendish claimed the Herbalife Sprint Jersey; and Thomas Rabou (NED) of Team Type 1 took the California Travel & Tourism King of the Mountains (KOM) Jersey.  Peter Sagan (SVK) of Liquigas retained the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey for the second consecutive day.  And for his performance in the main breakaway of the day Routley was awarded Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey.

“Today proved to be another competitive day of racing in the 2010 Amgen Tour of California,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports.  “The level of competition was impressive, the views were breathtaking, the crowds were enthusiastic and the stage finish was as good as they come.  As we head into Stage 4 tomorrow, the riders are going to continue to face challenging terrain that showcases the beauty of California, and we all are looking forward to seeing how it unfolds.”

2010 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA STAGE 3 RESULTS:
1. David Zabriskie Garmin-Transitions in 4:26:09 10s bonus
2. Michael Rogers HTC-Columbia at 0:00:00 6s bonus
3. Levi Leipheimer Team RadioShack at 0:00:00 4s bonus
4. Peter Sagan Liquigas-Doimo at 0:00:17
5. Rory Sutherland Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis at 0:00:17
6. Heinrich Haussler Cervélo TestTeam at 0:00:17
7. Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank at 0:00:17
8. Christopher Horner Team RadioShack at 0:00:17
9. Francois Parisien SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy at 0:00:17
10. Ryder Hesjedal Garmin-Transitions at 0:00:17
11. Jeremy Vennell Bissell Pro Cycling at 0:00:17
12. Steve Morabito BMC Racing Team at 0:00:17
13. Ytting Bak Lars HTC-Columbia at 0:00:17
14. Lance Armstrong Team RadioShack at 0:00:17
15. Christopher Jones Team Type 1 at 0:00:17
16. Peter Stetina Garmin-Transitions at 0:00:17
17. Tony Martin HTC-Columbia at 0:00:17
18. Marc De Maar Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis at 0:00:17
19. Janez Brajkovic Team RadioShack at 0:00:17
20. Jakob Fuglsang Team Saxo Bank at 0:00:17
21. Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil Team RadioShack at 0:00:17
22. Phil Zajicek Fly V Australia at 0:00:17
23. Thomas Danielson Garmin-Transitions at 0:00:17
24. Francesco Bellotti Liquigas-Doimo at 0:00:17
25. Lucas Euser SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy at 0:00:17
26. Brian Vandborg Liquigas-Doimo at 0:00:37
27. Valeriy Kobzarenko Team Type 1 at 0:00:17
28. Lars Boom Rabobank Cycling Team at 0:01:41
29. David Boily SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy at 0:01:41
30. Walle Jurgen Van De Quick Step at 0:01:41
31. Paul Martens Rabobank Cycling Team at 0:01:41 1
32. George Hincapie BMC Racing Team at 0:01:41
33. Grischa Niermann Rabobank Cycling Team at 0:01:41
34. Christopher Baldwin Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis at 0:01:41
35. Carlos Barredo Llamazales Quick Step at 0:01:41
36. Paul Mach Bissell Pro Cycling at 0:01:41
37. Oscar Pujol Munoz Cervélo TestTeam at 0:01:56
38. Ben Jacques-maynes Bissell Pro Cycling at 0:04:36
39. Robert Britton Bissell Pro Cycling at 0:04:36
40. Scott Zwizanski Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:04:36
41. Max Jenkins Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis at 0:04:36
42. Kiel Reijnen Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda at 0:04:36
43. Jonathan Cantwell Fly V Australia at 0:04:36
44. Christopher Butler BMC Racing Team at 0:04:36
45. Chad Beyer BMC Racing Team at 0:04:36
46. Nikolas Maes Quick Step at 0:04:40
47. Bernard Sulzberger Fly V Australia at 0:04:40
48. Stef Clement Rabobank Cycling Team at 0:08:13
49. Benjamin Day Fly V Australia at 0:08:58
50. Darren Lill Fly V Australia at 0:08:58
51. Brett Lancaster Cervélo TestTeam at 0:08:58
52. Simon Zahner BMC Racing Team at 0:08:58
53. Reid Mumford Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:08:58
54. Thomas Rabou Team Type 1 at 0:08:58
55. Jackson Stewart BMC Racing Team at 0:08:58
56. Charles Dionne Fly V Australia at 0:08:58
57. Yaroslav Popovych Team RadioShack at 0:08:58
58. Dominique Rollin Cervélo TestTeam at 0:12:52
59. Thomas Peterson Garmin-Transitions at 0:12:52
60. David Veilleux Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:12:52
61. Andy Schleck Team Saxo Bank at 0:16:10
62. Tejay Van Garderen HTC-Columbia at 0:16:10
63. Marcus Burghardt BMC Racing Team at 0:16:24
64. Bernhard Eisel HTC-Columbia at 0:16:24 2
65. Michael Friedman Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda at 0:16:24
66. Will Routley Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda at 0:16:24
67. Mark Cavendish HTC-Columbia at 0:16:24 4
68. Kurt Hovelynck Quick Step at 0:16:24
69. Maarten Tjallingii Rabobank Cycling Team at 0:16:24
70. Daniel Holloway Bissell Pro Cycling at 0:16:24
71. Aaron Kemps Fly V Australia at 0:16:24
72. Elia Viviani Liquigas-Doimo at 0:16:24
73. Davide Cimolai Liquigas-Doimo at 0:16:24
74. Andy Jacques-maynes Bissell Pro Cycling at 0:16:24
75. Bernard Van Ulden Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda at 0:16:24
76. Alexander Kristoff BMC Racing Team at 0:16:24 2
77. Bert Grabsch HTC-Columbia at 0:16:24
78. Mark Renshaw HTC-Columbia at 0:16:24
79. Ryan Anderson Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:16:24
80. Jose Haedo Juan Team Saxo Bank at 0:16:24
81. Maarten Wynants Quick Step at 0:16:24
82. Matti Breschel Team Saxo Bank at 0:16:24
83. Francesco Chicchi Liquigas-Doimo at 0:16:24
84. Tom Boonen Quick Step at 0:16:24
85. Zachary Bell Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:16:24
86. Ivan Santaromita Liquigas-Doimo at 0:16:24
87. Manuel Quinziato Liquigas-Doimo at 0:16:24
88. Jeremy Powers Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda at 0:16:24
89. Theo Bos Cervélo TestTeam at 0:16:24
90. Alex Candelario Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:16:24
91. Neil Shirley Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:16:24
92. Joao Correia Cervélo TestTeam at 0:16:24
93. Andreas Stauff Quick Step at 0:16:24
94. Kevin Hulsmans Quick Step at 0:16:24
95. Ken Hanson Team Type 1 at 0:16:24
96. Guillaume Boivin SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy at 0:16:24
97. Ino Ilesic Aldo Team Type 1 at 0:16:24
98. Fabian Cancellara Team Saxo Bank at 0:16:24
99. Andre Steensen Team Saxo Bank at 0:16:24
100. Stuart O’grady Team Saxo Bank at 0:16:24
101. Peter Latham Bissell Pro Cycling at 0:16:24
102. Bradley White Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis at 0:16:24
103. Jason Mccartney Team RadioShack at 0:16:24
104. Cody O’reilly Bissell Pro Cycling at 0:16:24
105. Karl Menzies Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis at 0:16:24 3
106. Matthew Crane Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis at 0:16:24
107. Bruno Langlois SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy at 0:16:24
108. Dmitriy Muravyev Team RadioShack at 0:16:24
109. Dennis Van Winden Rabobank Cycling Team at 0:16:24
110. Thomas Leezer Rabobank Cycling Team at 0:16:24
111. William Dickeson Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda at 0:16:24
112. Martin Gilbert SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy at 0:16:24
113. Philip Deignan Cervélo TestTeam at 0:16:24
114. Eric Boily SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy at 0:16:24
115. Matthew Wilson Garmin-Transitions at 0:16:24
116. Robert Hunter Garmin-Transitions at 0:16:24
117. Steven Cozza Garmin-Transitions at 0:16:24
118. Robert Thomson Jay Fly V Australia at 0:16:24
119. Jeremy Hunt Cervélo TestTeam at 0:16:24
120. Scott Stewart Team Type 1 at 0:16:24
121. Sebastian Langeveld Rabobank Cycling Team at 0:16:24
122. Andrew Randell SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy at 0:16:24
123. Javier Megias Leal Team Type 1 at 0:16:24
124. Davide Frattini Team Type 1 at 0:16:24

TOP 20 GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 3
1. David Zabriskie Garmin-Transitions in 13:09:33
2. Michael Rogers HTC-Columbia at 00:00:04
3. Levi Leipheimer Team RadioShack at 00:00:06
4. Peter Sagan Liquigas-Doimo at 00:00:21
5. Marc De Maar Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis at 00:00:24
6. Janez Brajkovic Team RadioShack at 00:00:27
7. Ryder Hesjedal Garmin-Transitions at 00:00:27
8. Peter Stetina Garmin-Transitions at 00:00:27
9. Rory Sutherland Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis at 00:00:27
10. Thomas Danielson Garmin-Transitions at 00:00:27
11. Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil Team RadioShack at 00:00:27
12. Lance Armstrong Team RadioShack at 00:00:27
13. Christopher Horner Team RadioShack at 00:00:27
14. Ytting Bak Lars HTC-Columbia at 00:00:27
15. Francesco Bellotti Liquigas-Doimo at 00:00:27
16. Phil Zajicek Fly V Australia at 00:00:27
17. Francois Parisien SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy at 00:00:27
18. Steve Morabito BMC Racing Team at 00:00:27
19. Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank at 00:00:27
20. Tony Martin HTC-Columbia at 00:01:44

Read more: http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/05/news/2010-amgen-tour-of-california-stage-4-results_117018#ixzz0oOucB1Mn

BREAKAWAY FROM CANCER:

Continuing its partnership for the fifth year, Amgen utilizes the race to raise awareness for the Breakaway from Cancer® initiative.

In honor of cancer survivors everywhere, today Marilyn Luma was recognized and celebrated as the Breakaway from Cancer Champion for her involvement in the group Tutus for Tatas which raises funds for and participates in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event.

Luma led Amgen’s Breakaway Mile – a special one-mile walk that crosses the finish line to honor the millions of cancer survivors worldwide.  During the event, Luma was joined by approximately 150 community members – cancer survivors, patients, caregivers and advocates – and Amgen’s Steve Young, executive director, research, who plays a crucial role in developing innovative medicines to treat cancer and other serious illnesses.

“When I first heard about receiving this honor, it reminded me of what John F. Kennedy said when asked how he became a war hero,” explained Luma.  “Kennedy said, ‘It wasn’t voluntary.  They sank my boat.’  I didn’t willingly choose to be diagnosed with cancer, but rather looked within myself to handle my diagnosis with dignity and grace.  Now, I aim to do something each year to help make a difference.  It’s my humble honor to be part of the Breakaway from Cancer effort.”

Today’s Breakaway Mile was the first of four Breakaway Miles that will take place during the Amgen Tour of California in support of Amgen’s national Breakaway from Cancer initiative, which was created in 2005 as a complementary component to its sponsorship of the inaugural race. The Breakaway from Cancer initiative is designed to empower patients by connecting them to education, resources and hope.  Modesto, Bakersfield and Thousand Oaks will also host Breakaway Miles.

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