Europeans take charge in Amgen Tour
Cyclists Bradley Wiggins (UK), Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland),
and Tyler Farrar (USA)
won 2nd, 1st, and 3rd respectively in the time trial prologue
of the third annual Amgen Tour of California, held Sunday in Palo
Photos by Matthew Cohen
By Matthew Cohen, special
to Fog City Journal
February 18, 2008
The third annual Amgen Tour of California traded the heartbreaking
hills of San Francisco for the friendlier flats of Palo Alto in
its time trial prologue Sunday.
Before thousands of enthusiastic and engaged fans, Swiss rider
Fabian Cancellara showed off the form that twice earned him the
world time trial title by holding off Great Britain's Bradley
Wiggins and American Tyler Farrar.
Team CSC's Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland
showed why he's the two-time world time trial champ,
beating 131 other riders to take the time trial prologue.
The UK's Bradley Wiggins of Team High Road cruised into second
four seconds behind Cancellara.
Santa Rosa's Levi Leipheimer, last year's winner, settled for
The tour continues Monday at 11 a.m with a 97-mile Stage One
trial from Sausalito to Santa Rosa. The 650-mile race ends Sunday
at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles.
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