Tour of California - 2.1
USA, February 19-26, 2006
Results & report
Prologue - February 19: San Francisco ITT, 3.1km
Commentary by Kristy Scrymgeour, with additional reporting from Mark Zalewski
Complete live report
Welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage
of the inaugural Tour of California. For its first year the tour has managed
to attract seven of the biggest teams from Europe to race alongside eight US
teams and a Mexican team. The tour starts with a 3.2km prologue today and gradually
heads south over the next week finishing next Sunday in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles.
Big name riders such as Bobby Julich (CSC), Floyd Landis (Phonak), Levi Leipheimer
(Gerolsteiner) Paolo Salvodelli and Viatcheslav Ekimov (Discovery), Michael
Rogers (T-Mobile) and Gilberto Simoni (Prodir-Saunier Duval) are lining up giving
the tour excellent credibility in its first year.
After rain, hail
and snow in San Francisco over the last couple of days, the riders will be happy
to have woken up to a perfect sunny day this morning. Its a little bit chilly
for those who have traveled from the Southern hemisphere but its perfect for
The Prologue is 1.9 miles (3.2km) in length and starts
at Pier 1, where the San Fransisco GP has started in recent years. It heads
along the embarcadero and is flat for the first couple of kilometers before
turning left on Stockton St which is gradually up hill for a few blocks. It
then turns left onto the famous Lombard St which is a very steep ascent and
then winds around up to Coit Tower for the finish. A nice short prologue to
find the first yellow jersey wearer for the week.
Only 4 minutes until the start now.
Jackson Stewart (Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada) will be setting the pace as first
off the line. He'll be followed by Steve Zampieri (Phonak) a minute later and
so on until World Time Trial Champion Michael Rogers (T-Mobile) hit the road
at 12:06pm as the last rider.
ok Stewart is off and on his way to
Coit Tower. The crowd is pretty big already for a Sunday morning. Lots of people
wandering around the start checking out the teams and their time trial bikes.
Cyclingnews caught up with Frankie
Andreu from the newest team out of the US - Toyota United Pro Cycling Team.
They are predicting that Mariano Friedick and Heath Blackgrove could have good
rides today. Blackgrove is a New Zealander and has the advantage of coming straight
from summer. He's already won three or four races down there this year and comes
into the race very fit.
A few other riders from the Southern
Hemisphere are Michael Rogers and Scott Davis riding for T-Mobile. Both of them
have been in Italy where they are based for a while now. We caught up with them
yesterday and they are looking forward to this tour. They liked what they have
seen so far. Another is Australian National Time Trial Champion Nathan O'Neill,
riding for Health Net p/b Maxxis. Its very likely that he will post a good time
So far Viatcheslav Ekimov (Discovery) has posted the fastest
time of 5'14". O'Neill has just started his ride.
O'Neill has just started on the climb
and is out of the saddle already. He's turning left onto Lombard st which gets
really steep. He looks good as he heads towards the line.
Woah, O'Neill is down with 150m to
He was climbing and just overdid the
corner and lost it, bringing himself down.
He's straight up and crossing the
line. He has still posted the fastest time - 5'10" but he won't be happy with
Mark McCormack is on the course now.
Riding for Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Homes, McCormack is good at these sharp
bursts too and could post a good time here.
Aaron Olsen (Saunier Duval-Prodir)
is on the start line now as McCormack is out of the saddle going up the steep
part of the climb.
McCormack's heartrate is 175 as he
nears the top of the climb. He is just getting to the top where it gets really
steep. His HR goes up to 179. You really want to max out of these short efforts.
He posted a time of 5'25".
Bernhard Kohl has started his ride
in the mean time for the T-Mobile team.
Kohl is just in at 5'17, but O'Neill's
time was broken by Riccardo Ricco (Prodir Saunier Duval) who posted a time of
Fabian Cancellara (CSC) is now on
Caleb Manion (Jelly Belly) just finished
with a time of 5'27".
Scott Moninger has also crossed the
line in 5'20.29.
Cancellara has set a new best time
Jason McCartney (Discovery) has just
moved into second place with a time of 5'03.69 - just behind Cancellara.
Tim Johnson is on the course now for
Andre Korff (T-Mobile) finished with
a time of 5'23.87
Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Phonak)
has taken over O'Neill's time and moved into fourth now with a time of 5'10.83
Tom Danielson is on course now for
Discovery. Tim Johnson just finished with a time of 5'17" and Jens Voigt posted
Up at the tower, crowds of people
line the street. There are barriers on either side of the road on the way up
and the crowd is thick on both sides. Lots of screaming going on! A nice atmosphere.
Danielson just finished on equal time
with Jason McCartney. So they are tied for second place at this point.
Danielson was flying up to the finish
and just passed his minute man Olivier Kaisen (Davitamon Lotto) on the finish
Aaron Olsen (Prodir Sierra Nevada)
is in at 5'18". Michael Dietrich Kodak Gallery Sierra Nevada posted 5'20". Stuart
O'Grady (CSC) is getting ready for his start now.
Scott Davis just finished with 5'48".
Michael Barry is on course now for Discovery.
Stuart O'Grady is on the course heading
up the steep part of the hill. He has a full TT set up so obviously hoping for
a good time in this prologue.
Viktor Rapinski (Colavita Sutter Homes)
is on course. He could post a very good time for this domestic US team.
O'Grady has crossed the line in 5'09.70.
That time moved O'Grady into fourth
place so far just behind McCartney and Danielson who are equal second place.
Cancellara still holds the lead time.
Michael Barry just finished in 5'11.23
A win for Cancellara would be no surprise
being a former winner of the Prologue at the Tour de France.
Rapinski finished in 5'20"
Don't forget that Cancellara is also
a two time Jr. World TT champion (1998-99) and is considered a bit of a TT specialist.
Frank Hoj (Gerolsteiner) finished
with a time of 5'13.07.
The crowd at the start let off a huge
scream as Christian Vandevelde (CSC)started his prologue. He is the 86th rider
to start today so we have 41 riders remaining at this point.
Michael Creed, now riding for TIAA
Cref after a stint with Discovery last year.
Fabian Wegmann is coming up to the
start line. He would be rather fond of this city after winning the San Francisco
Grand Prix last year.
Christian Vandevelde just crossed
the line with a time of 5'10.87 and Fred Rodriguez (Davitamon Lotto) topped
that with a time of 5'07.87 moving straight into 4th place.
Vladmir Gusev (Discovery) has now
moved into 4th place with a time of 5'05.22.
Robert Hunter (Phonak) just moved
into 5th place on the road with a time of 5'07.06.
Brice Jones, Gord Fraser, Mark Walters
and Bobby Julich are now on course. Tony Cruz (Toyota-United Pro) just finished
with a time of 5'29.92. Time to beat is still 5'03.19 held by Cancellara.
Brice Jones finished in 5'45" and
Fraser in 5'09.46
WOW - a new fastest time set by Bobby
Julich. He posted a 4'58.19!!!!
Julich's time is 5 seconds faster
Paolo Salvodelli (Discovery) has moved
into 5th place. His time is 5'04.83.
Chris Baldwin (Toyota United Pro)
is on course. National Time Trial Champion but this course may be a little short
Coming up is David Zabriskie. But
Floyd Landis has just finished in second place so far with a time of 4'59.55.
Chris Baldwin just finised with a
good time - 5'10.83
New Zealander Hayden Roulston (Health
Net/Maxxis) has just finished with a time of 5'04.10 moving straight into 5th
place. A nice start for the kiwi.
Zabriskie (CSC) has just finished
with a time of 5'05.80. Third place.
Hincapie is in with 5'59.11. Second
Cadel Evans (Davitamon Lotto) finished
with a time of 5'05.16.
Julich, Hincapie and Landis hold the
top three right now. We still have a few to finish though including World Champion
Another new best time!!!!! Levi Leipheimer
has just finished with a time of 4'53.43 Very happy with that one!
Rogers is in now finishing in 30th
place. He didn't look like he was really going full on at the top. So Levi takes
the stage and the first ever yellow jersey of the Tour of California.
When he crossed the line he looked
at the time and then raised number 1 to the crowd.
Thanks for tuning in. We'll be back
every day now to give you the latest updates from the Tour all the way to Los
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