Today at the Tour of California Mark Cavendish proved he is the fastest man in the world. His leadout man Mark Renshaw got it right and delivered Cav with 250 meters to go. The rest was all him, as he held an unbelievable speed holding off a dissappointed Tom Boonen. With 2k to go the road opened up and Team Columbia and Cervelo had a lead out train duel. Columbia was not going to be out done! Hincapie, Hanson, and Barry drilled it at the front and swamped Hushovd and company. Also of interest was seeing Basso, and Mancebo get caught out in the last 20k. The chase was really moving and there was a split in the peleton. Mancebo and Basso were forced to sprint across the gap. It was full on. The 6 man break was highlighted by Jeff Louder making his second break of the TOC, several small teams being represented, and Tour de France stage winner Peter Weening. Jelly Belly had youngster Matt Crane who in the end was the most aggressive. I was super proud of both him and Candian Cam Evans for not giving up in the last 5k. Crane attacked twice and Evans went solo before he got caught. Then in the confusing.....break being caught....and we aren't organized phase....none other then cyclocross stud Timmy Johnson and his yellow Mavic shoes jumped from the peleton. It was an exciting moment. He was joined by hard man Voight but the move didn't stick. It was sweet to see Timmy J mixing is up!
My pick for the day was Haedo. I think during the early years of the TOC, JJ was the fastest sprinter. However now Cali is the stomping grounds for the world's best sprinters to find their form. They had Brad Magee on the video and he said that Saxo Bank is looking to see Haedo step up to the elite level of sprinters. I hope he does it this year, but right now all he's got is a third.
Checking out the full telecast gives you a great perspective on the life of a domestique. Hats off to those worker bees. Props to Micheal Barry this year. He's just doing work.
Tomorrow is the showdown. Levi, Dave Z, Mick Rodgers, and Livestrong Lance. Who's your pick? 24k of hills terrain favors Levi. He knows the course and has been in this position before. However, that's not my style to pick the favorite. I'm going for none other then Lance Armstrong. The man from Texas is back. He will win the Solvang TT tomorrow.
I wonder who T is going to pick......duh Armstrong :)