Thursday, May 19, 2011

2011 Amgen Tour of California - Stage 3

Stage 3 was a 122 mile route from Auburn to Modesto on mostly flat and rolling terrain. No major climbs on this stage.

I found a great spot on Scott Road with humpy rolling terrain that provided a great backdrop to today's race.

The 7 man breakaway group had about a 4 minute lead on the main pack at this point.

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It began to rain when the riders were about to arrive

Dedicated photographers braving the whipping rains (above and below)

The 7 man breakaway group comes over the first series of rollers

And away they go

This was a good spot. A pro photographer stops to take photos of the peloton

The pack comes over the horizon . . . how exciting!

A side-blowing headwind forces the peloton to form an eschelon . . . making for fantastic head-on shots

Levi and Team Radio Shack

Broom wagons sweeping the course

Greg Henderson, Team Sky, wins Stage 3 in sprint finish

Scroll down or click on "older posts" to see Stage 4 blog entry

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