Photography by Darrell Parks (and Dave Morrow too!) – www.darrellparks.com-
1. David Zabriskie
Zabriskie faltered in the race’s uphill finish on Sierra Road, but he came good in a big way on Friday.
2. Levi Leipheimer
Leipheimer hoped to pull back as much time as possible on his teammate, Chris Horner, as well as give a big go for the day’s top spot. He succeeded in reeling in a few seconds on Horner, but couldn’t match Zabriskie’s stellar effort.
3. Tejay Van Garderen
Young gun, Tejay Van Garderen, put on an impressive display to show, once again, that he is a major name for the future, well, a name for now too.
4. Peter Velits
Last year’s Vuelta third place overall finisher, Peter Velits, finished fourth on the day.
5. Maarten Tjallingii
Svein Tuft wasn’t at his best, but that Canadian National Champion jersey is unmissable.
If the Canadian jersey is unmissable, then Taylor Phinney’s entire ensemble was even more so. Unfortunately, the young Phinney wasn’t at his best either on Friday.
The Speedo boys were, however.
Last, But Not Least: Chris Horner.
He had a solid gap heading into the day, all he had to do was defend.
…which he did with aplomb.
1. Zabriskie, 2. Leipheimer, 3. Van Garderen.
…but Horner still rules supreme.
Pat McCarty in the mountains jersey, Peter Sagan in the points jersey, Chris Horner in the leader’s jersey, and Tejay Van Garderen in the best young rider jersey.
Up next: Mt. Baldy!!
1 David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:30:36
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 0:00:14
3 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad 0:00:40
4 Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad 0:00:48
5 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:49
6 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack 0:00:51
7 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:00:53
8 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Cycling 0:00:59
9 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
10 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:01
11 Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:10
12 Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad
13 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:13
14 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:15
15 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:01:27
16 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
1 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack 17:17:01
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 0:00:38
3 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:01:38
4 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:39
5 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:44
6 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad 0:01:54
7 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:02:26
8 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:02:27
9 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:43
10 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:02:54
11 Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:02:56
12 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:58
13 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:03:29
14 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:03:56
15 David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:04:04
16 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:04:18