Saturday, February 21, 2009


I've been tracking the Tour of California...and wishing I were there

ON SUCH A WINTER'S DAY. While we're dealing with the continuing winter with freezing temperatures in the American Midwest, cyclists have been racing through sunny California. It hasn't all been warm and sunny--take last Sunday's Stage 1 day-long downpour, for example. But it certainly has been a beautiful Tour of California to follow online and on Versus TV.

LEIPHEIMER TO THREEPEAT? American Levi Leipheimer leads the race heading into its final stages. Should he hang on to the lead, it would be his 3rd straight ToC victory. Lance Armstrong's comeback bid is playing out well; the 7-time Tour de France champion is in 6th place after the prologue and five stages.

MAYBE NEXT YEAR. Wish I were there. It would be great to be in Pasadena on Saturday afternoon when the best cyclists in the world roll in from an 89-mile ride from Santa Clarita. Maybe I can plan a vacation for this week next year and follow what has become America's premier professional cycling race (folks who oversee the Tour of Georgia may argue with me about that). Follow the Tour of California and Lance Armstrong's comeback at

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