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Tour of California - 2.1, USA, February 17-24, 2008

Stage 7 - February 24: Santa Clarita - Pasadena, 93 mi / 150 km

Mario Cipollini (Rock Racing) and Paolo Bettini (Quick Step)
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Doug Ollerenshaw (Rock racing) tried
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An early break tries
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The break that got away.
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The main bunch exits one of the tunnels
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Things get strung out along
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Michael Creed (Rock Racing)
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Things really get rolling
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George Hincapie (High Road)
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Rock Racing riders Victor Hugo Pena
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Levi Leipheimer (Astana) had
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The main bunch begins to leave
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Michael Creed (Rock Racing) tries
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George Hincapie (High Road) comes up
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Jason McCartney (CSC) sits
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As usual Astana comes to the front
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George Hincapie (High Road) doing
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Levi Leipheimer (Astana) having
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Janez Brajkovic (Astana) leads
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The main bunch heads through one
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The bunch begins to climb.
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The break powers along.
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Freddy Rodriguez (Rock Racing)
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Chaos ensues as riders hit the deck
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It’s Astana back to the front.
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The bunch begins under grey skies.
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Things get hectic at the back of the race
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The group descends from the fog.
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George Hincapie (High Road) comes
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Riders enter the final circuit
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Tom Zirbel (Bissell) makes a last
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The break begins to feel each other
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Tom Zirbel (Bissell) still solo
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Michael Creed (Rock Racing) looks
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George Hincapie (High Road) endures
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George Hincapie (High Road) takes
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The BMC team gets awarded the most
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Levi Leipheimer (Astana) with wife Odessa
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The top three with Levi Leipheimer (Astana) in first,
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Thats all folks...
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George Hincapie (High Road) takes a stage win
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America's George Hincapie (High Road) wins
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step)
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Mario Cipollini (Rock Racing) and Paolo Bettini (Quick Step)
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Tom Zirbel (Bissell)
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A tight pack and lots of rain
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George Hincapie (High Road) keeps a close watch
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Levi Leipheimer (Astana) and his wife smile
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Big George Hincapie (Team High Road)
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George Hincapie (Team High Road)
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The bunch sprint was close, but safe...
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Mark Cavendish (Team High Road)
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Levi Leipheimer (Astana) celebrates
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There was even a rainbow
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Stage 7 podium (L-R): Rory Sutherland (Health Net), George Hincapie
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Levi Leipheimer (Astana) alone
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The final jersey winners
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A colorfully dressed cycling fan waits
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Frank Pipp & team-mate John Murphy (HealthNet)
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Ermanno Capelli (Saunier Duval)
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David Zabriskie (Slipstream/Chipotle)
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A small break lead the race
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This Bouygues Telecom rider
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...and then there were seven.
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Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling),
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Rory Sutherland (HealthNet)
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The Astana team,
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Michael Creed (Rock Racing)
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Rory Sutherland (Health Net)
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Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) signs autographs
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Fabian Cancellera (CSC) keeping the fans happy
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Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) alone
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At the start Freddy Rodriguez (Rock Racing)
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Dimitri Champion (Bouygues Telecom) drinks
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Yannick Talabardon (Credit Agricole), Taylor Tolleson (BMC), Danny Pate (Slipstream-Chipotle),
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Conditions unlike Southern California
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George Hincapie (High Road)
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Levi Leipheimer (Astana) wins his second
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The final leader's board: Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Union Bank Best Young Rider Jersey;
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