Tour of California: From the High Desert to Pasadena, Levi Still in Lead, Lance Armstrong in 6th
Yesterday's 88-mile stage whipped from Santa Clarita through and over the San Grabriel Mountains in the Angeles National Forest to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Californian Levi Leipheimer kept his overall lead while teammate Lance Armstrong dropped down to 6th place.
The race was describe as an "inside cycling" kind of day by the LA Times: "a combination of testing, aggressive moves, breakaways, crashes and general probing to see if the powerful Astana team could be rattled." Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy won the stage.
Today's 96-mile stage, which is the final one, began at noon and will begin in Rancho Bernardo and head north towards Escondido over Palomar Mountain--a 4,200 feet climb at a seven percent grade with 21 switchbacks.