The Favorites Lost Much Time-Porte Leads Giro

By road: the third stage of the Amgen Tour of California, invited the crowd to a thrilling denouement. David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions), Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) and Levi Leipheimer (Team Radioshack) pressed the pedal up Bonny Doon Road-ascent and stood by the other. The trio stayed together to the finish line in the scenic Santa Cruz where David Zabriskie won the Sprint with only one centimetre ahead of Michael Rogers.

The third stage of the Amgen Tour of California, invited the crowd to a thrilling denouement. David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions), Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) and Levi Leipheimer (Team Radioshack) pressed the pedal up Bonny Doon Road-ascent and stood by the other. The trio stayed together to the finish line in the scenic Santa Cruz where David Zabriskie won the Sprint with only one centimetre ahead of Michael Rogers.

It was in Bonny Doon Road that Levi Leipheimer settled the contest in his favor last year but this year had Michael Rogers and David Zabriskie good enough legs to match him.

To keep the chasing peloton with Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) behind him, it was up to Michael Rogers and David Zabriskie to make the most of the towing job. When they came into the Santa Cruz went David Zabriskie healthy in the final turns and from lace he sprinted home stage and took over the lead in the contest.

“I’ve been second a few times in the Tour of California but I’ve never won one stage and never touched the leader’s Jersey during the time the race has been run. So just to touch the shirt is an honour, “said David Zabriskie.

The finale was so tight between him and Rogers that he thought he had lost the stage victory to the Australian.

-The contest is far from over, “said Michael Rogers, who thought all three were equally strong on the stage.

Levi Leipheimer, who was passivast of the three into goals, was disappointed to have lost time on their worst competitors.

“It played really matter that we got time for everyone else, it was not my goal. It ended up that I lost time on the bonus seconds, I’m a little disappointed, but I did remove me in the conclusion. I know the turns but it was downwind and we were behind each other to the last curve and from there, it was too short to do anything, “says Levi Leipheimer.

Peter Sagan took klungspurten and became four on stage, distanced by 17 seconds by the trio.

The Amgen Tour of California-stage 3:
1 David Zabriskie (United States) Garmin-Transitions, 4:26:09
2. Michael Rogers (Aus) HTC-Columbia
3 Levi Leipheimer (United States) Team Radioshack
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo 0:17
5 Rory Sutherland (Aus) United Health Care Presented by Maxxis
6 Heinrich Haussler (Tys) Cervelo Test Team
7 Jens Voigt (Tys) Team Saxo Bank
8 Christopher Horner (United States) Team Radioshack
9. Francois Parisien (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions

A total of:
1 David Zabriskie (United States) Garmin-Transitions 13:09:33
2. Michael Rogers (Aus) HTC-Columbia 0:04
3 Levi Leipheimer (United States) Team Radioshack, 0:06
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo 0:21
5 Marc De Maar (Ned) United Health Care Presented by Maxxis 0:24
6 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions 0:27
7 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack
8 Rory Sutherland (Aus) United Health Care Presented by Maxxis
9. Peter Stetina (United States) Garmin-Transitions
10 Thomas Danielson (United States) Garmin-Transitions