Tour of California: Lance Armstrong Crashes, Teammate Takes Lead
The Tour of California exemplified the state's beauty yesterday, running 116 miles from Sausalito to Santa Cruz over the Golden Gate Bridge, along the ocean (close enough for waves to spray riders) and through redwood tree lined arteries. "This was certainly a great showcase for two iconic locations in the state of California," said Andrew Messick, president, AEG Sports, referring to the bridge and the finish line in Santa Cruz, both which are firsts for the race.
Despite the nice visuals along the coast, it was another treacherous and rainy day. “Turn your shower on as cold as it is and stand there for four hours. That’s what it’s like,” explained Levi Leipheimer, a Santa Rosa resident, two time winner of the Tour and the race's current frontrunner.
Lance Armstrong, once of Leipheimer's teammates on Team Astana, moved up to 4th place today, even after a crash with a motorcycle. Armstrong t-boned a motorcycle carrying a photographer that was in front of him after it took a spill, he twittered after the race. His hip was a "little banged up," but otherwise he was okay. On Sunday, his time trial bike was stolen. His spirits are reportedly still high--this is, after all, Armstrong's first race in the US since coming out of retirement.