Saturday, February 21

On Stage in Pasadena

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — "Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy has lunged ahead of New Zealand's Hayden Roulston at the finish line to win Stage 7 of the Tour of California.

American Levi Leipheimer of Astana retained his overall lead Saturday after the 88.9-mile leg from Santa Clarita to Pasadena's historic Rose Bowl.

Nocentini of AG2R La Mondiale won by less than a bike length, finishing in 3 hours, 24.44 seconds. Rabobank's Pieter Weening of the Netherlands was third in the three-man sprint to the finish.

Lance Armstrong, who began a comeback last month, wasn't among the stage leaders as he rode in support of Leipheimer, his Astana teammate."


Only one more day for this annual event that has really grown in popularity in the past four years. If you're interest has bloomed a bit, there is a great movie about racing that is one of my favorites -- Breaking Away is a 1970's vintage story about a wanna be cyclist who idolizes the Italian racing team and tries to mirror their image in his small town existence. A Romeo/Juliet - Rich/Poor theme adds to the reality. A young Dennis Quade gets my vote for almost-good supporting actor. More of a coming of age movie than a cycling movie, so everyone can enjoy it.