May 2012

By Barry Boyce
CR Cycling Historians



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Prologue – Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006: San Francisco (Pier 1 to Telegraph Hill to the finish at Coit Tower), 3.1km ITT
Levi Leipheimer led an American sweep of the first stage of the Tour of California, the prologue time trial.  He became the first ever race leader for the Tour of California. 

Stage 1 – Monday, February 20, 2006: Sausalito to Santa Rosa, 129.1km

After the prologue the race entered Leipheimer’s hometown of Santa Rosa.  The stage featured a short but hilly 129km course but ended in a field sprint with Argentinian cyclist  J J Haedo (Toyota-United) taking the stage win.  Leipheimer held the race lead.

Stage 2 – Tuesday, February 21, 2006: Martinez to San Jose, 152.7km

Discovery Channel’s George Hincapie climbed and sprinted to a stage win and the lead in the overall classification.  A stage win time bonus put Hincapie four seconds ahead of Leipheimer and into the race leader’s jersey.

Stage 3 – Wednesday, February 22, 2006: San Jose, 27.4km ITT
Floyd Landis of Phonak won the individual time trial by nearly thirty seconds and gained the race lead by 29 seconds over CSC’s David Zabriske.  Prologue winner Levi Leipheimer finished a disappointing 9th on the stage and fell to 6th overall, 1’10” behind Landis.

Stage 4 – Thursday, February 23, 2006: Monterey to San Luis Obispo, 210.7km
Stage 1 winner J J Haedo doubled up with another stage win in San Luis Obispo.  Race leader Floyd Landis retained the overall lead with a strong field sprint finish.

Stage 5 – Friday, February 24, 2006: San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara, 169.5km
George Hincapie scored a double stage win of his own taking the field sprint for the victory.  Floyd Landis retained the overall lead despite Leipheimer's best efforts to gain time.  Leipheimer did manage enough KoM points to take the Climber’s jersey.

Stage 6 – Saturday, February 25, 2006: Santa Barbara to Thousand Oaks, 144km
T-Mobile scores its first victory in the Tour of California.  Olaf Pollack sprinted to the stage win for T-Mobile. The overall race leader remained in the Tour jersey after final climbing stage of 2006.

Stage 7 – Sunday, February 26, 2006: Redondo Beach Circuit Race, 123.1km
T-Mobile’s Olaf Pollack claimed a back-to-back stage win, winning the sprint in Redondo Beach.  Floyd Landis won the overall and first ever Tour of California and became the first “King of California”.

x Final General Classification


Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems



David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC



Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 



George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel



Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Health Net p/b Maxxis



Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner



Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 



Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel



Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC



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