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California’08 St.1: JJ Takes #5!
For those of you who no habla espanol, JJ Haedo is Spanish for: the fast. Indeed, Juan Jose Haedo was in a class unto himself in the final 200 meters, putting plenty of daylight between himself and his would-be challengers. For those keeping count at home, that’s five stages in three years for the bad man from Argentina.

It was a pretty mundane roll-out today from the seaside town of Sausalito. And by mundane, I mean, not.

Back in Sausalito, PEZ-man Dave Aldersebaes cornered Rabo DS Erik Breukink for a quick chat. Hey, Erik, how do you like my kit?

Mario Cipollini is a high profile bike racer, and for any self respecting (Michael) BALLer, he has body guards. Ball told the bodyguards to keep Cipo safe, so they filled up the three vacant spots left by the ‘Crucified Trio’ (which also would be a great band name). They had a hard time of it once the neutral roll-out ended. They missed the time cut. Cipo is on his own tomorrow.

Paolo Bettini and Levi Leipheimer had a short competition at the start. Cancellara and Cipollini oversaw (pun intended) the proceedings.

Jackson Stewart was the story of the day. He rode out to a 13 minute lead at one point, but he got hungry and had to stop for some tomales, or maybe there was a concerted effort by multiple ProTour teams and the game became quite unfair: something like 20 on 1.

QuickStep wanted to play spoiler for Haedo today, but unfortunately Tom Boonen missed his handsling from Bettini in the finishing straight.

If St. Peter judged potential candidates on Tour of California stage wins, then JJ Haedo would already be in Heaven.

Ok, one more time, but this time, let’s add a tune… It’s fun to stay at the Y…M…seems only CSC was in the mood to dance.

You know who really didn’t feel like dancing…George Hincapie. George Hincapie was busy sitting on the ground as the entire CSC team danced, except for a confused Bobby Julich who did the Robot.

Fabian Cancellara managed to keep himself in the lead for another day, just keeping ahead of a valiant effort from Slipstream’s Tyler Farrar. Now if Cancellara could just keep his wife from seeing these pictures…

JJ Haedo’s win was enough to get himself into the Sprint Jersey…and Heaven.

The Stage 1 Podium, left to right: Jackson Stewart (in the bad ass I went solo for a long time jersey), Fabian Cancellara (the leader’s jersey), Gerald Ciolek (in the best young rider jersey), and of course, Mr. Haedo.

Stage 1 Results
1. Juan Jose Haedo (ARG), CSC, 4:03:29
2. Gerald Ciolek* (G), Team High Road, 4:03:29
3. Heinrich Haussler (G), Gerolsteiner, 4:03:29
4. Dominique Rollin (CAN), Toyota-United, 4:03:29
5. Matteo Tosatto (I), Quickstep, 4:03:29
6. Tyler Farrar (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 4:03:29
7. Peter Wrolich (A), Gerolsteiner, 4:03:29
8. Alexandre Pichot (F), Bouygues Telecom, 4:03:29
9. Freddie Rodriguez (USA), Rock Racing, 4:03:29
10. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, 4:03:29

General Classification After Stage 1
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), CSC, 4:07:20
2. Tyler Farrar (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 0:02
3. Bradley Wiggins (GB), Team High Road, 0:04
4. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana, 0:06
5. David Millar (GB), Slipstream-Chipotle, 0:07
6. Gustav Larsson (Swe), CSC, 0:08
7. David Zabriskie (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle
8. Benjamin (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 0:09
9. Ciolek Gerald* (G), Team High Road
10. Christian Vandevelde (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 0:10


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