Sho Nuff Mt. Baldy saw the battle of baldies as Horner and Leipheimer left the peloton in their fumes. Talansky hung in tough for long time trying to put Garmin back in the game, but it was not to be since Radioshack would only give the break a few minutes. It is interesting to look at the results over the last few years and see how domestic teams have improved. A few years ago you’d be hard pressed to find any domestic riders in the top half of the field. Today shook out a lot of riders but there were a couple of notables. Bissell had a handful of riders in the top half of the field as did United-Healthcare.
Two NorCal riders proved they still have some punch after a week – Paul Mach came in came in just under 8 minutes after the winners. Chris Jones came in just a minute after Mach to sneak into the top 40 finishers for the day. Mach get’s the award today…his finish, 37th, may not seem like a chart topper, but sometimes the good days are the ones you prove you can ride with the big dogs. Both Mach and Jones proved they have some stones to throw in the future.
NorCal Cycling News Awesome Award
Stage 5 Winner – Paul Mach
Runner Up – Levi Leipheimer
Honorable Mention – Chris Jones
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