Thursday, February 19, 2009

yesterday in the Tour of California

It was a rough day in the Tour of California. But things are all okay with friends Horner and Landis, so there you go. We wish them both a most excellent result in the race.

This update from team OUCH presented by Maxxis came in this morning via e-mail:

February 18, 2009
Floyd is fine after hitting the deck during AToC Stage 4.

Clovis, CA – With five rated climbs taking the Amgen Tour of California peloton through snow-lined roads in the Sierra Nevada range for the first time, Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California was expected to shake up the peloton a bit. But not in the way people expected. The stage ended with Mark Cavendish (Columbia-Highroad) winning in a bunch sprint, but several crashes in the peloton took a toll on a number of riders, including Floyd Landis of the OUCH Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis.

Landis was able to escape with some bumps and scrapes, however the same crash sent 2008 Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Kim Kirchen (Columbia-Highroad) to the hospital, along with multiple world champion Oscar Friere (Rabobank).

“I feel fine,” Landis said. “I saw the wreck happening, and I was able to react in time and got lucky.”

Landis, as well as the rest of the team, continued the team’s aggressive racing again today (Wednesday). At one point, he and teammate Karl Menzies bridged up to an early break. But, noted team directeur sportif Mike Tamayo, “it was apparent that Astana wasn’t letting him go anywhere, so he sat up and came back to the bunch. But all the guys were trying today. McCarty had a go today. Rory tried to get in a move. It just didn’t work out today. But it was nice to get a break in the weather today. The guys are all doing well, and getting better every day.”

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