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ATOC Stage 5 - Another Bunch Sprint; Next up Friday's ITT

Thursday, February 19, 2009
Paso Robles - The ATOC's longest stage - 135mi from Visalia to Paso Robles - fit the format of the last two days:  A long breakaway, enough late action to reel it in at the end, and another high speed dash to the finish.  While none of the Gamin/Slipstream boys contested the sprint, it was good enough to keep things in check and get ready for Friday's 15mi Individal Time Trial in Solvang.  After 6 days of racing, here is how our pro men are sitting overall:

GC after 5 Stages:

1.  Levi Leipheimer (USA) - 18.33.52
2.  Michael Rogers (AUS) - 0.24
3.  David Zabriskie (USA) -  0.28
14. Tom Danielson (USA) - 0.42 (shown left)
23. Tom Peterson (USA) - 5.56
26. Christian Vande Velde (USA) - 6.04
40. Steven Cozza (USA) - 9.08
47. Svein Tuft (CAN) - 15.13
74. Trent Lowe (AUS) - 27.56
90. Tyler Farrar (USA) - 30.45