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Tour of California history

  • 3/1/2009: C8: Levi Leipheimer raises three fingers for his three wins of the Amgen tour of California on the podium after the Feb. 22 finish.
    PC: News/-Levi Leipheimer wins his third straight Tour of California. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2009

2006

Winner: Floyd Landis

The finish line: Landis, the first Tour of California champion, capped his fourth day in the leader's jersey cruising in the lead pack through the 123.1-kilometer Redondo Beach Circuit course while his Phonak teammates controlled the field.

In Santa Rosa, Stage 1: Levi Leipheimer started the day with the leader's jersey, earned in the Prologue stage the previous day in San Francisco. He rode the 129.1-km course from Sausalito to his hometown, Santa Rosa, in front of cheering fans and his Gerolstenier team protected his lead.

2007

Winner: Levi Leipheimer

The finish line: With a comfortable cushion, Leipheimer kept his lead over the 124.7-km Long Beach circuit course to win the Tour of California, leading from start to finish.

In Santa Rosa, Stage 1: As in the previous year, Leipheimer rode the State 1 route from Sausalito to his hometown in the leader's jersey. He kept the jersey, but it wasn't easy. A huge pileup of bikes and riders on the second of three circuits through the city put Leipheimer in a huge hole, but the college of commissaires stepped in after the race and said they'd extended the UCI's usual 3-kilometer neutral rule for timing the riders to the site of the crash, about 10 kilometers from the finish.

In Santa Rosa, Stage 2: Starting from Santa Rosa, Leipheimer maintained his lead on the 187-km ride and was greeted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in Sacramento.

2008


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