May 2012

By Barry Boyce
CR Cycling Historians



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Prologue – Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007: San Francisco (Pier 1 to Telegraph Hill to the finish at Coit Tower), 3.1 km ITT
Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) won the prologue time trial again this year.  His time over the 3.1 km course was 4’49” and Levi beat Slipstream’s Jason Donald by 1 second. 

Stage 1 – Monday, February 19, 2007: Sausalito - Santa Rosa, 155.7km
Austrailian Graeme Brown (Rabobank) sprinted home for the stage win in a crash filled finishing circuits of the stage.  Brown nipped T-Mobile’s Greg Henderson by centimeters in a photo finish. 

Controversy arose after a huge crash occurred as the peloton passed the finishing area at the start of the second of three finishing 5 km circuits.  With only 10 km to go Leipheimer’s race lead was in jeopardy.  Teammates George Hincapie and Ivan Basso rode hard to cut Levi’s time loss, but at the finish Leipheimer’s overall GC hopes were given a huge blow… that is until a panel of commissaires gathered 15 minutes after the stage finish to address the crash. 

"Due to the crash and the large number of riders that went down in the crash, our panel of commissaires made a decision to award all the riders with the time of the winner," was the statement of race director Jim Birrell.

The questionable finish kept Leipheimer in the Tour of California race leader’s jersey.

Stage 2 – Tuesday, February 20, 2007: Santa Rosa to Sacramento, 187.2km
Team CSC executed a perfect leadout and delivered J J Haedo to his third career ToCal stage win.  A strong Discovery Channel team effort protected Leipheimer's race leader’s jersey. 

Stage 3 – Wednesday, February 21, 2007: Stockton to San Jose, 152.2km
For the second time in two days Team CSC grabbed a stage win.   Jens Voigt powered a dwindling peloton over the tough climbs of the stage and took the win in front of race leader Levi Leipheimer.  The finishing times shook-up the General Classification with Leipheimer remaining the race leader.. 

Stage 4 – Thursday, February 22, 2007: Seaside to San Luis Obispo, 213.4km
On the extremely fast run-in to the finish in San Luis Obispo the early breakaway group got caught and the sprinters went to work.  World Champion Paolo Bettini drove to the line and gained the narrow stage win over Gerald Ciolak.  Levi Leipheimer held onto a three second race lead over Jens Voigt going into the stage 5 individual time trial.

Stage 5 – Friday, February 23, 2007: Solvang – Solvang, 23.5km ITT
Levi Leipheimer left no doubt winning the 23.5 km Solvang time trial.  "It was one of my best time trials ever," said Levi.  The time gain extended Leipheimer’s race lead to 21 second over Jens Voigt. 

Stage 6 – Saturday, February 24, 2007: Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita, 169.6km
J J Haedo took his second stage win of 2007 in Santa Clarita.  He came out of nowhere to nip Greg Henderson and stage 4 winner Paolo Bettini.  Several serious breakaway groups were brought back by Levi’s vigilant Discovery Channel team.  Leipheimer held onto the race leader’s jersey with one stage to go.

Stage 7 – Sunday, February 25, 2007: Long Beach - Long Beach (Circuit race), 124.7km
The final stage of the 2007 Tour of California was run on Long Beach’s Grand Prix auto race course.

Ivan Dominguez of the USA Continental team Toyota-United joined the lead-out trains of ProTour teams and out sprinted the favorites to take the stage win.   A dominant Levi Leipheimer took the race lead on the opening prologue and held the jersey from start to finish. 

x Final General Classification


Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel Cycling



Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC



Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel Cycling



Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC



Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC



Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC



Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile



Ben Day (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team



Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas



Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Health Net


The Grand History of the Amgen Tour of California


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